We visited a beautiful and extensive garden at the edge of Chiang Mai, just down the road from the Night Safari, called the Royal Park Rajapruek. It boasts almost 200 acres of gorgeous scenery and 2800 different plant species. Because of the large scale, bike rentals are available and, for less active travelers, an electric bus is available to take you around.
The Royal Park was opened in 2006 in honor of King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s 80th birthday and 60th anniversary of His Majesty’s Accession to the Throne. Since then, has twice hosted the International Horticulture Exposition.
There are several educational pavilions with plenty to see and smell, including the Royal Pavilion, Orchid Pavilion, Shaded Paradise, Greenhouse Desert Plants, Bonzai Garden, Bug World, Provincial Trees Garden, and an Herb Garden. There’s also a large research center, called The New Theory of Agriculture, where they are working to develop sustainable food, farming, etc.
It’s a lovely and peaceful way to spend the day.
Royal Park Rajapruek
Address: Mae-hia, Muang, Chiang Mai 50200
Price: 100 baht adult/50 baht children
Shuttle Tram Fee: 20 baht adult/10 baht children