Queen Sirikit Botanic Garden
The Queen Sirikit Botanic Garden is a royal treasure and is located in the Mae Rim Valley, it is easily accessed by car. The actual site covers 560 acres in size and is mostly a mountain side offering some great terian to have plantings.
It is on one of the prettiest routes to drive if you start on the Sumoung Road and over to Mae Rim makes a wonderful drive. It is closer by Mae rim route from that way it is at marker 12 as depicted by the highway markers . Queen Sirikit love for plants and all things Thai lead to the creation of the Queen Sirikit Botanic Garden, which an excellent collect of Indigenous plants and many foreign ones as well.
The garden is designed and constructed to best exhibit plants by species type as well as and climate requirements. The gardens are accessible by cars that may be driven around the park but is more intersting to walk the gardens. Taking time to stop and visit the Thai Orchid Breeding Center or the traditional Herbs Museum and Research Center. The green house collection is world class as atested to by a friend of mine who visited and he is a Gardener at Kew Gardens no less, in their glass houses.
The garden has three formal walking trails to take as well:
1) Rock Garden to the Thai Orchid Nursery, averages around 30-60 minutes by foot;
2) Arboretum trail , showing numerous species of plants including banana, palm, fern, and ginger. This trail takes around 45-60 minutes;
3) Mountain Climb it is about a one to two 1-2 hour hike up to the top of the mountain.
Best to bring water and some snacks if you want to walk The Queen Sirikit Botanic Garden, there are several nice gazebos at some very picturesque spots throughout the garden for you to take a much deserved rest.
The gardens are open daily to the general public from 8.30 a.m. – 5.00 p.m.As well there are now a resort across the road run by the foundation.
For more information, contact Tel: 0 5384 1000 Fax: 0 5329 9754
As I said It is on one of the prettiest routes to drive in Northern Thailand and makes a wonderful day trip.