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QUEEN SIRIKIT BOTANICAL GARDEN

" As the King is the water, I shall be the forest. The forest devotes its loyalty to the water "

HM Queen Sirikit
December 20, 1982

The Botanical Garden Organization of Thailand was established on the recommendation of the Biodiversity Board of Thailand, to be responsible for the collection of various plants and vegetation, especially rare and endangered species of native flora, for further planting and propagation. The mission is to preserve the invaluable plant resources of the country. In 1992 Queen Sirikit celebrated her 60th birthday and the Botanical Garden Organization was established by Royal decree in honor of her Majesty. In 1994 Her Majesty the Queen granted her permission to name the northern botanical garden "Queen Sirikit Botanical Garden."  Established in the lush mountains of Doi Pui-Suthep on the Mae Rim-Samoeng road, these spectacular gardens could not be in a more splendid setting. Three major streams in the area converge into one, providing year round water, and the regional climate in this mountainous area is ideally suited to the project. In the early years, Queen Sirikit Botanical Garden was visited by directors and administrators from renowned botanical gardens around the world who unanimously gave their support to the project and over the years it has developed into a truly world class establishment. The center does not just provide botanical study and research facilities but also provides a place for relaxation where visitors are welcome to enjoy the beauty of Thai flora.  

In an effort to restore and maintain floral diversity, the garden is home to many rare and endangered species, particularly those indigenous to Thailand. Highly trained botanical and horticultural staff are working together to develop a representative collection of Thai plants for research as well as conserving those species at risk in the wild. Plants under threat from commercial collecting such as orchids and those used to produce medicine, are mass propagated to provide a sustainable economical alternative.  The garden also provides facilities for students and researchers of all levels and collaborative projects have been established with several institutions and universities throughout the country.

A comprehensive botanical library provides researchers and the general public with the very latest information and the garden is in a perfect location for environmental and conservation studies for both students and the casual visitor. This is truly a remarkable place where the visitor can relax surrounded by the splendor of countless species of flowers, shrubs and other plants. The gardens are stunning and a must for photographers, artists and simply anyone who wants to relax, as the natural environment, myriad of colors and scents and smells of the flowers are overwhelming.

Simply perfect for a day out in the country.

 

Queen Sirikit Botanic Garden ranges between 600 and 1,200 meters across 2,600 forested acres at the perimeter of Doi Pui-Suthep National Park in Thailand's colorful Chiang Mai Province. The Garden has four exhibition conservatories and eight glass houses, including a rain forest plant collection.

Protecting Em)angere3 Species
The Garden offers a safe haven for endangered plants by protecting natural habitats.

ENDANGERED!
 

Research work aims to conserve Thailand's biological diversity to ensure the country develops in a sustamable way by managing resources effeciently.

Natural Science Museum.
The exhibition is divided into 5 sections, displaying different aspects of Thailand's natural treasures. These include exhibits of the country's diverse ecological systems, modern natural resource management and an exhibition of Royal projects.

Forest Adventures
For those who love to go off the beaten path, the Garden has a network of trails through a large forested area - perfect for hiking with the whole family. 

 

Garden Trails
There are three different •walking trails, each one of 30 to 60 minutes' duration taking visitors to all parts of the Garden: Thai orchid nursery, rock garden, waterfall, arboretum and a climber collection trail for the healthy.

Traditional Thai Food
Overseas visitors can enjoy watching local folk prepare and serve traditional Thai dishes using a variety of spices and herbs, which are for sale at the Garden to take home. The peacefulness of this garden restaurant is broken only by the sound of rushing •water from the stream below - a great place to break your journey and relax.

 

Botanic Residence
Located directly across from Queen Sirikit Botanic Garden, the Botanic Residence offers 60 deluxe rooms furnished in a blend of modern Thai designs. The restaurant is augmented by a further 120 covers outdoors on the garden balcony. This natural resort, which has a convention and seminar center capable of holding 250 to 400 persons, fully equipped with recreational facilities including a large free-form outdoor swimming pool.



A Short Cultural and Nature Trail

A one day trip starts with a visit to Doi Suthep, followed by offroad driving to Queen Sirikit Botanic Garden for nature exploration and a relaxing lunch in a lush green garden. In the afternoon, drive to Dara Pirom Palace Museum to explore Lanna's cultural heritage before returning to Chiang Mai.

Other Attractions
Nestled in natural and cultural charms, Chiang Mai is an ideal destination for travelers who want to explore Thailand's ancient kingdom. Attractions around the botanic garden include an elephant camp, hill tribe villages, Doi Suthep, museums, •waterfalls and a river.

A 2 day/ 1 night program can start with an adventure to visit Dara Pirom Palace Museum and Sal Nam Pung Orchid Farm. Become more adventurous with water rafting down the river before trekking to the Hmong village and overnighting at a hilltnbe village. On the second day, venture into the green farmlands on an ox cart and watch the talented elephants at Mae Sa Elephant Camp. The program ends at Tung Luang Temple and Queen Sirikit Botanic Garden in the afternoon.

Glasshouse Complex
The Glasshouse Complex comprises 4 exhibition conservatories -which shelter various plant
species. The conditions within each house are computer monitored to control humidity,
ventilation and light.

Rainforest Collection
This largest conservatory holds the garden's collection of native palms, ferns and other
tropical species of Southeast Asia.

 Aquatic House
Sheltering over 100 species of •water plants which grow in water or at the edge of the lakes,
rivers, streams and marshes.

 Cacti and Succulents
This glasshouse features impressive Cacti collections that are among the magnificent and
stunning species of seed plants.

Orchid and Fern House
Featuring Orchids and other epiphytes; however, the emphasis is on the native orchid species
for •which Thailand is renowned.

 

       

 

For Further information please contact :
QUEEN SIRIKIT BOTANIC GARDEN
Km. 12, Mae Rim-Sameong Road ( 25 km from Chiangmai)
Tel: 66 53 299 753-4   Fax: 6653 299 754
Email: qbg@chmai.loxinfo.co.th  Homepage: www.qsbg.thaigov.net
Bangkok Office : Tel : 662 281 9175  Fax: 662 280 4672

   
   

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