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Queen Sirikit Botanical Garden

A garden in the forested mountains of the ampheu Mae Rim (แม่ริม), in Chiang Mai Province, dedicated to the collection, cultivation, and display of a wide range of mostly subtropical and tropical plants, labeled with their botanical names. The botanical garden opened in 1992, initially under the name Mae Sa (แม่สา) Botanical Garden, but was in 1994 renamed after Queen Sirikit. The 2,000 rai large garden is managed by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment. Its purpose is to conduct and promote botanical research, biodiversity, and to conserve Thailand's natural plant resources. There are plants, shrubs, trees and flowers on show outside, as well as inside, in a number of greenhouses, and in 2015, a canopy walkway was introduced, allowing visitors access to the treetops of the surrounding forest (fig.), as well as a stunning bird's eye view. In Thai, the Queen Sirikit Botanical Garden is known as Suan Phreuksasaht Somdet Phra Nang Chao Sirikit (สวนพฤกษศาสตร์สมเด็จพระนางเจ้าสิริกิติ์), and its official name in English is Queen Sirikit Botanic Garden. See MAP.