A tour of the most scenic botanic gardens of Thailand

Plant in Dokmai Garden, photo by kafka4prez/flickr

Thailand is home to dozens of natural wonders. There are spectacular landscapes in the country, ranging from mountainous regions to coastal areas. For nature-lovers, Thailand is the best holiday destination. The flora and fauna of Thailand are colorful, varied and very attractive. If you are about to spend your vacation in this gorgeous country, don’t miss to visit some of the natural wonders of it, such as the national parks, marine parks, fantastic waterfalls, caves and so on. Don’t forget of the scenic botanic gardens of Thailand! Visiting any of them is an unforgettable experience, as they are home to some rare, endemic plants and flowers, all set in wonderful landscapes. Below, there will be presented some of the most beautiful botanic gardens of Thailand.

 

Secret Buddha Garden

 

This magical garden is hidden away high in the hills in Koh Samui, to the north-west of Lamai Beach. It offers breathtaking views and an unusual collection of statues surrounded by lush jungle. The statues depict animals, deities and humans in various poses. The Secret Buddha Garden is difficult to get to as you need to get up some exceptionally steep hills and across rivers. It is recommended to take part at one of the organized trips. There is an admission fee to the garden which is 80 Thai baht, about £1.70.  Inside the garden visitors will find small statues all over the place. There is also a river which flows through the entire garden and some of the statues stand at the water’s edge. There are lots of trees and beautiful plants. In the middle of the garden there is a small house, sort of a stone building split into two floors with just one room on each floor. The garden’s atmosphere is very peaceful, with a waterfall and stream flowing through, all shaded by thick jungle. It is the perfect day out for the lovers of virgin nature.

 

Secret Buddha Garden, photo by grolli77/flickr

 

Dokmai Garden

 

It is a private botanic garden that can be found in the ancient city of Chiang Mai. “Dokmai” in Thai means flower. This 4 hectare botanic garden is the property of the Seehamongkol family. The garden includes a longan plantation (Dimocarpus longan) which is an edible fruit, other fruits, vegetables, trees, monsoon plants and also spectacular orchids.  There are multilingual information signs with scientific names placed at points of interest all around the garden. There are about 1000 species of plants, but there are also animals living in the garden, including birds, fishes and butterflies. It is open from Tuesday to Sunday, from 10:00 to 17:00. (July 2012)

 

Plant in Dokmai Garden, photo by kafka4prez/flickr

 

Nong Nooch Garden

 

Opened to the public in 1980, the garden is located a short drive from Pattaya. Nong Nooch is famous for its magnificent Thai cultural shows and elephant shows, along with the beautiful botanical garden which is the biggest and most scenic garden in the southeastern part of Asia. Visitors will find here a wide variety of gardens, including traditional Asian tropical gardens, Cactus Garden, French and Roman gardens. The gardens are constantly updated with new ideas, new plants and new formations. The Nong Nooch Tropical Botanic Garden has a great diversity of cultivated species of plants and endangered species. Nong Nooch is also home to the world’s biggest palm collection, the most varied orchids in the country and other spectacular tropical plants.

 

Nong Nooch Tropical Garden, photo by Tom BKK/flickr

 

Queen Sirikit Gardens

 

Established in the lush mountains of Doi Pui-Suthep, these spectacular gardens could not be in a more splendid setting. Three major streams of the area converge into one here and the gardens provide a fantastic place for relaxation where visitors are welcome to enjoy the beauty of Thai flora. The garden is home to many rare and endangered species of plants. The garden also provides facilities for students and researchers of all levels. Queen Sirikit Garden is a remarkable place where visitors can relax, surrounded by the numerous beautiful species of flowers, shrubs and other plants. The gardens are breathtaking and provide the perfect place for photographers and artists, with their myriad of colors, scents and smells of the flowers.

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