The Queen Sirikit Botanic Garden in Chiang Mai will offer entry on Aug. 12 in celebration of the birthday of HM Queen Sirikit, the Queen Mother, and Mother’s Day.

Thailand’s very first botanic garden, one of the most diverse in Asia, will open from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Covering a mountainous area of 560 acres on the foothills of the mist-shrouded Doi Suthep-Pui mountains, the garden offers a mix of natural beauty along with curated gardens and glasshouses showcasing the magnificence of the flora and fauna from around the world.

Visitors can explore walking trails, gardens and glasshouses all displaying a rich diversity of plants either in their natural settings or arranged according to some theme or classification.

Established in 1992 to honor Queen Sirikit, the garden also has an integrated program of globally-recognized research and education with a focus on rare, endemic and endangered species.

Children and senior citizens can also tour the entire grounds via a tram service/open-air bus service that runs within the garden. Wheelchairs are welcome in most of the garden and the glasshouse complex is wheelchair accessible.

Orchid lovers will find a variety of native orchids on sale, which are products of the garden’s tissue-culture laboratory.

The Golden Gardenia souvenir shop has a wide range of gifts and local products for sale. Adjacent to that, the Golden Gardenia coffee shop is an ideal place to relax and enjoy freshly brewed coffee, herbal tea or soft drinks.

For more information, call 05-384-1234 or QSBG.org .