This wooded route northwest of Chiang Mai is dotted with tourist development sites -- resorts, orchid and butterfly farms, elephant camps, snake farms and antique and handicraft shops. Some interesting ones are:
There are quite a number of such farms along this route. Many orchid farms also have butterfly enclosures setting in natural environment.
There are several scenic resorts by the hillsides or in the valleys where hundreds of species of exotic flowers and plants are grown and elaborately arranged. Most of them provide accommodations for nature lovers.
This 8-leap waterfall is 26 kilometres from town and occupies a natural setting among big towering trees.
For taxi : น้ำตกแม่สา
Along Route 1096 and Route 107 (Mae Taeng - Chiang Dao) there are several elephant camps that provide shows of elephants at work and an opportunity to take an elephant-back ride.
Please contact your travel agent for more details.
(Km. 12 Route 1096)
Covering an area of 560 acres, it was established in 1992 in order to gather, to conserve and to strengthen the study and research on Thai plants and herbs. More than 700 species of plants, mostly Thai natives, are grown here. Visitors can drive around and drop in at the spots of their interest, e.g. the Orchid Breeding Center, the Herbs Center, and the Greenhouse.
They can also walk along any of the three fixed trails -- the Rock Garden, the Arboreta and the Climber Collection.
Open : daily, 08.30 - 16.00 hrs.
Tel : 0 5329 8171 to 5
For taxi : สวนพฤกษชาติสมเด็จพระนางเจ้าฯ สิริกิติ์์
(near Queen Sirikit Botanical Garden)
This is the place where you can observe the real living conditions and traditions of the Meo tribe and purchase their ethnic handicrafts, too.
For taxi : หมู่บ้านแม้วแม่สา
For your personal safety and protection by law, please use the services of travel agencies holding a TAT license only.