Queen Sirikit Botanic Garden

Chiang Mai is home to great gardens and Queen Sirikit Botanic Garden is one of them. Named after the queen Mother of Thailand, the Garden is a short 30 minutes drive from Chiang Mai City and covers about 1,000 hectares. 

With various attractions within the Garden itself, it’ll be best to drive here so that you can drive around the huge Garden at your own pace with plenty of parking space at every attraction. However, if you don’t, there’s a tram service that shuttles guests around the Garden. There are 2 looping routes going in opposite directions and the trams arrive in 40 minute intervals.  Adults pay 30 baht while children (under 135 cm tall) pay 10 baht. 

Look out for these signs to know where to board the trams and check the timings.

The Canopy Walk is a favourite among visitors at Queen Sirikit Botanic Garden and we love it too. It’s a safe and easy walk among the treetops of the forest with stunning viewpoints of the surrounding mountains. The steel-and-glass path is accessible to wheelchairs and strollers, making it suitable for all ages. 

Another favourite would be the Glasshouse Complex. This area features numerous glasshouses that house a vast variety of plants. Nearby, enjoy the beautiful flower garden that surrounds the water fountain in front of the Glasshouses. We visited in the late afternoon and it was beautiful to catch the golden sun rays reflecting off the foliage. 

Other interesting attractions include the Glasshouse for Medicinal Plants of Indigenous Tribes (very informative and immersive experience to learn more about the Hill Tribes in Thailand), Natural Science Museum and a Climbers’ Trail. Don’t forget to check out the souvenir shops for pretty keepsakes. 

TrooperTips 

  • Good walking shoes and sun protection are necessities! 
  • Entrance fees are payable when you drive into Queen Sirikit Botanic Garden. Be sure to grab a map when you make your payment. 
  • Perfect lunch/dinner spot: Hi Restaurant [link: https://goo.gl/maps/X9AnxvirxMuP7anV6
    • Just a minute’s drive away, this cosy no-frills budget-friendly restaurant serves both Thai and Western food. The Western offerings have such a unique taste that we can’t get enough of – try their meat chops and mushroom soup for yourself! 

INFORMATION

Update 21 Jan 2021: Queen Sirikit Botanic Garden is closed till further notice due to COVID-19 prevention measures 

  1. Opening hours: 0830 – 1700 hrs 
  2. Telephone number: +66 053 841 234 
  3. Facebook page
  4. Admission fee: 
    1. Foreigners – Adult 100B | Child 50B 
    2. Thais – Adult 40B | Child 10B
    3. Cars – 100B 
    4. Free entry for senior citizens (over 60), disabled persons, and monks 
  5. Address: Queen Sirikit Botanic Garden A. Mae Rim Chiang Mai 
  6. Location/Map
  7. Transport directions: From Chiang Mai City, head up Route 107 and turn into Route 1096 
  8. COVID measures: Registration, temperature taking and mask-wearing required. Hand sanitiser provided. SHA Certified 
  9. Toilets: All around the Garden 
  10. Accessibility: Many locations are wheelchair/stroller friendly 
  11. Shelter/rest area: Available 

If you would like to read up more about our 3-day itinerary in Mae Taeng, Chiang Mai, which includes the Queen Sirikit Botanical Garden as one of it’s locations, visit our itinerary here.

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