Thailand is renowned for its variety and quality of orchids, and the Mae Sa Valley, north of Chiang Mai, is a place to go and see their beauty at the source. The Mae Sa Orchid farm is home to a large complex of thousands of orchids and an enclosure of live butterflies, and in addition to the 50-plus types of brightly colored orchid flowers to see, there are also tropical plant species and hybrid plants to explore.
Visitors can stroll through the peaceful gardens, breathe in the floral-scented air and see the orchids, which bloom year-round. Butterflies flutter overhead, as the farm doubles as a sanctuary for hundreds of them. Enjoy the variety of tropical species on display in their natural habitat, or have lunch at the onsite restaurant.
The Mae Sa Orchid Farm is located off Maerim-Samoeng Road on Highway 107 from Chiang Mai. It is open daily from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and admission costs 40 Thai Baht. Many visitors combine a stop here with their trips to nearby Mae Sa waterfall and elephant camp.