The biggest orchid farm in Chiang Mai, Sai Nam Phung Orchid farm is also home to nearly every species native to Thailand, including the incredibly rare pure white orchid. Visitors to the farm get to learn about how the flowers are grown, and the on-site gift shop sells lovely orchid- and butterfly-themed items you’re unlikely to find elsewhere.The Basics
Thailand is 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. Sai Nam Phung Orchid stands out as one of the most colorful and unique gardens in the area, complete with its own butterfly garden, koi ponds, and a few antique cars. Most travelers visit the garden as part of a guided tour of the Chiang Mai countryside, often with activities like a Long Neck hill tribe visit, swimming at the Sticky Waterfall, or white-water rafting on the Mae Taeng River.Things to Know Before You Go
- The Sai Nam Phung Orchid farm is a popular stop for families and couples.
- Don’t forget to bring your camera to capture photos of the colorful blooms.
- The garden has a small Thai restaurant popular for lunch.
How to Get There
If you’re not stopping at the orchid farm as part of a guided day trip, the best way to get there is to hire transportation (a tuk-tuk or taxi) from Chiang Mai.When to Get There
The orchid farm is open daily from 9am to 5pm. Since the flowers are all situated in indoor greenhouses, it’s an excellent rainy-day activity. Bringing Orchids Home
It may be tempting to purchase live orchids or orchid-growing kits during your visit to the farm, but keep in mind that bringing these plants into the US is carefully regulated by the USDA. If you’d like to bring something home with you, it’s a good idea to read up on the latest regulations first to avoid disappointment.