Thailand is very rightfully famous for its orchids — more than 1,300 documented species grow in the country and it’s the largest exporter of tropical orchids in the world. While Chiang Mai has no shortage of gardens to visit, one of the most unique to the area (and most colorful) is the Sai Nam Phung Orchid Farm.
The biggest orchid farm in Chiang Mai is also to very nearly every species native to Thailand, including the incredibly rare Vanda coerulea alba, or “Pure White,” orchid. The variety of shapes and colors is staggering, and visitors to the farm get to learn about how the flowers are grown. The onsite gift shop sells lovely orchid- and butterfly-themed souvenirs you’d be hard-pressed to find anywhere else.
If you’re visiting the Sai Nam Phung Orchid Farm with children, be sure to visit the butterfly garden as well.