The Queen Siriki Botanical Garden is a world-class conservation center for indigenous Thailand plants and other exotic varieties around the world. Formerly known as the Mae Sa Botanical Garden that received the Royal Honor in 1994, it continues to provide an educational role for children and is an important center for resource for research and the academics for scientists.
However, many who visit the garden are not there for educational reasons but more for a recreational one. Local and foreign tourists alike visit the garden to simply enjoy the stunning setting it has to offer. For those who have a deep interest in horticulture and gardening, this is certainly a must-see attraction along with the Phuping Palace Gardens. But botanical expert or not, any Chiang Mai visitor will enjoy the picturesque mountain backdrop, the crisp fresh air and the riot of color the garden with which the garden will welcome you.
The garden has a total of four exhibition conservatories, eight glass houses and a rain forest plant collection. It actually is a haven for some endangered plants by providing a protective natural habitat. The Natural Science Museum located inside the garden displays a variety of Thailand’s natural treasures. It also conducts extensive research work to preserve the country’s biological diversity by ensuring that it comes up with a way to manage resources effectively.
To those who love exploring nature at its best, the garden has a network of trails through a huge forested area filled with Thailand’s flowers, plants and trees perfect for hiking trips with the family. Four main trails can be followed by hikers: the Arboretum Trail, the Climber Trail, the Waterfall and Ornamental Beds Trail and the Medicinal Plants Trail. Each trail has about a 30 to 60-minute duration, taking its hikers to all parts of the botanical garden.
The botanical garden covers a large portion of area with various slopes so the most comfortable way to explore the grounds is by use of a car. There are many resting spots and car parks where visitors can simply get out and walk their way through the gardens. There is also a trolley bus service that operates around the garden for the visitors’ convenience
Approximately 45 minutes away from Chiang Mai, visitors who opt to see the botanical garden don’t really need a personal car to tour the garden premises. A tuk-tuk ride or a cab ride from Chiang Mai will do. An entrance fee to the garden requires 40 baht for adults, 10 for children, an additional 100 baht for cars and 200 baht for buses. The garden is open daily from 8:30 in the morning to 4:30 in the afternoon. It is also recommended to stop by the Pongyang Angdoi Restaurant located a few minutes away from the botanical garden, as it provides both a wonderful mountain backdrop and a hearty meal. With walking trails and scenic picnic spots dotted amongst the lush flower arrays, the Queen Siriki Botanical Garden is truly a wonderful location to spend your time during your Chiang Mai visit.