Huai Kaeo Arboretum

Huai Kaeo Arboretum, Chiang Mai: Address, Huai Kaeo Arboretum Reviews: 4/5

Huai Kaeo Arboretum
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located between the Chiang Mai University and the Chiang Mai Zoo. (Your map locator device is clumsy and difficult to use, if you just google Chiang Mai Univ or the zoo, the attraction is between them.
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Fali K
India658 contributions
Calm Leafy Space
Dec 2019 • Solo
Free entry
Two coffee shops here
Covered and shaded with beautiful trees
Has a trail running around it if you fancy a run. There are some outdoor gym facilities, some spider webs for kids to play climbing up and down in.
Perfect to stay around for a couple of hours to take a break from the city ..
Loved it
Written December 25, 2019
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JDZatSF
San Francisco, CA823 contributions
lovely
Jun 2019 • Friends
A lovely place to stroll around, cool off in the shade, admire plants and flowers, a little exhibit in a building, a cute little cafe for your snacking needs...
Written July 7, 2019
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Freeman-315
San Diego, CA138 contributions
Worth a Sit or Stroll
Jan 2018 • Solo
This small park-like area is located on the NW side of town, adjacent to the zoo. It's a short bike or baht bus ride from the old town tourist areas, but too far to walk for most people. I'd suggest that if you're only in town for a first time week visit, there's other sights more deserving of your limited time. But, if you're headed to the zoo or like exploring every cities' parks, then this is a nice stop to make. It's easily visible from the side of Huay Kaew Rd, and truthfully I can't say where to park since I took a bicycle in.

On my Wednesday morning visit, the park had just 2 other visitors plus a construction crew making a lot of noise tearing down a monument. Despite their banging and some nearby traffic noise, it was still a peaceful, attractive enclave of the city.

The aboretum is free to enter and entirely shaded with its abundant variety of trees. One can walk around the sidewalk loop in about 20 minutes, and possibly spend an hour there if you wanted to study the tree types or sit for awhile. Still, it doesn't take long to see it all. There is a free bathroom building on-site, but no vendors or commercial establishments. In fact, there's a pleasant lack of development in the area, making it an outright woodsy, nature experience compared to many other city parks. And fortunately, without signs of serious picnic visitors or heavy local use, I found the entire area mostly free of litter.

Except for climbing a street curb, I'd consider this place with its sidewalk loop trail to be suitable for a wheelchair. And while the heavy shade may be appreciated for a reprieve from the heat, the lack of light or impressive features makes it mediocre for any photography. Enjoy the setting, but don't expect it to be a highlight of your Chiang Mai stay.
Written January 10, 2018
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singhasam
Weymouth, UK3,289 contributions
Leafy coolness
Nov 2017 • Solo
WHEN I visited this lovely place it was as a stop-off on my way to Doi Suthep.
The place has some really lovely trees and the pathways are also apparently a big draw for runners and keep-fit enthusiasts.
I did see a couple of runners but I was more interested in sitting down in the shade because it was a fiercely hot day.
The place I chose for my break and a wander about under the leafy canopy was right next to an unusually shaped large sculpture, so I asked about it and found that the sculpture actually represents a tree seed, quite appropriate for the surroundings.
Another reason for an early visit to this lovely place is that you will see monks starting their day, walking down the pavement on the edge of the arboretum holding their bowl.
People then stop them and fill the bowl with food for the monk's day and in return the monk will bless them as they kneel in prayer before him. I tried it myself, donating some sticky rice and kneeling to receive my blessing. Very restful to the soul.
The arboretum is right next to Chiang Mai University so you can find it easily.
Written November 28, 2017
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Nomadman411978
London, UK3,169 contributions
Cool and relaxing
Aug 2017 • Solo
Good if you're interested in trees with many different species most with signs giving name, family, genus etc. Not visited much although you're free to wander in off the main road. It's quite small and situated next to CMU. One advantage is the thick tree cover so it's relatively cool and there are seats etc for relaxing.
Written August 4, 2017
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JamesdlcCNX
Chiang Mai Province, Thailand57 contributions
Great place to relax but so close to the hustle and bustle of the city
Sep 2016 • Solo
What a lovely setting! Some beautiful trees here and paths meander through the wooded area.
If you are looking for a place to get some nice "green" shots without going up the mountain or leaving town, this is a great venue for you!
Written October 25, 2016
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TravelGiraffe
Geelong, Australia237 contributions
OK, beware the sprinklers & no signage
May 2016 • Couples
Its a nice park, with a small info centre about flowers (all in Thai). There is no information about the trees (which I thought was kind of the point of an arboretum), not even signs with the names. There are so many sprinklers there and mostly they are aimed at the paths, so beware. Because of dodging said sprinklers I ended up crashing into my boyfriend, almost breaking my nose. So I'm screaming, crying and have blood pouring out of my face, my boyfriend doing all he could to help and about 15 workers just sat opposite us, about 15m away and laughed and did nothing. Most unhelpful when clearly we were in distress. If you want a park, go to Buak Hard - much better and easier to get to.
Written May 27, 2016
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BiaBestia
Deva, Romania152 contributions
Good
Mar 2016 • Couples
If you are searching for a place to hide from the sun or to chill, this is the place for you. Otherwise you can't do anything there. It has a free toilet.
Written March 16, 2016
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Robert R
Chiang Mai, Thailand363 contributions
Very relaxing walk through numerous varieties of trees
Feb 2016 • Solo
The Arboretum is located between Chiang Mai University and the Chiang Mai Zoo and could easily be visited or picnicked in when visiting the other two places. The area is mostly shaded with several improved areas and numerous paved walkways. Dozens of tree varieties are present and labeled. It's a relaxing area and is kept very clean. Some rare and endangered trees are present.
Written February 13, 2016
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