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“Lunch buffet and garden walk.” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Tweechol Botanic Garden

Tweechol Botanic Garden
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$139.23*
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Ranked #2 of 14 things to do in Doi Saket
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“Lunch buffet and garden walk.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 26, 2011

Known as Horizon Village, there is a nice weekend lunch buffet which includes entry to the garden. An interesting museum inside, a mini zoo, and very nice sculptured gardens. Paddle boats available too.

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“Excellent day out with the kids - biking, swimming, paddle boats - who could want more!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 18, 2011

As we're staying in Chiang Mai for an extended time, visits to Tweechol are a regular activity - but we went there 3 times in the first month because its worth it!!

A lovely relaxing place of manicured gardens, with plants in the shape of dinosaurs, dolphins, elephants and the like. There is a bike rental, which is very affordable, the trails are easy to ride and its fun to explore. There's also the option of a golf buggy tour around if you're not feeling like a slow pedal around. There's a reasonable playground and lots of open space for running around. The labyrinth is a big favourite with our kids (bring mozzie repellant as they seem to like the shade in the bushes) The swimming pool is a very clean salt water one which I can never get my kids out of without bribes of ice cream! And there's paddle boats. Basically more activities than you really need to fill a day and have kids happy all in one immaculately tidy and well run location.

The restaurant has good food. On weekends they only do a buffet which finishes at 2pm, with reasonably varied fare (sushi, Thai food, something european). Tickets must be purchased on entry to the gardens. I prefer the a la carte menu during the week but the buffet is just fine.

Located about 10kms out of the city on the #118 on the way to Doi Saket along the Chiang Rai road, its easy to get to by car. If you're reliant on local transport as we were at first, go to Warorot Market and look for the YELLOW seang teauw stand (not the red ones - they won't take you there) next to the river near the flower part of the market. Ask for the ones going to Doi Saket and show the driver you want to get off at Tweechol (also called Horizon Resort as its the same entrance). They will stop at the entrance - the fare is around 15 baht per person. Coming back - just cross the road and wait until a yellow seang teauw comes along and flag it down - they seem to be very regular. They are all heading to Warorot markets so you can easily get back to where you started.

Visited November 2011
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“Fabulous day out for a family”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 10, 2011

This botanical garden is one of the best places to visit throughout Thailand. It's very reasonably priced, stunningly beautiful all round and is a great place to learn about nature for all ages. There is a resort attached as well for overnight stays but the main attraction has to be the animals, flowers, plants and best of all, cycles for rent. There is a good sized pool to cool off in, even though some parts are quite shady, even cooler Chiang Mai gets very hot in March, April and May. There is a restaurant but rather poorly presented for foreign tastes, more for a Thai function hall and not really atmospheric but the park more than compensates for any culinary lapses. The pedalo boating lake is fun too and one can admire all the plant sculptures rather cleverly made dotted around the park too.
Highly recommended for nature lovers and a great place to spend at least half a day.

Visited November 2010
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“Beautiful Gardens at a bargain price”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2011

The gardens cover a total of around 114 Rai or about 50 acres. They contain a number of different plant collections, but one of the highlights without doubt is the topiary, with all manner of animals and other shapes having been created by training the plants into the appropriate shapes. Some old Thai houses have been saved from destruction anfd moved to the gardens.

Given the size of the site, it is a good idea to hire bikes - minimal charge - to cycle around the site. Another great idea is to ask about the inclusive deals - a buffet style lunch and admission to the gardens for around Baht 150. The bargain of the week in my view.

This will not appeal to all, but if you need a quiet day away from Chiang Mai's temples, or a break from elephants, hill tribes, shopping and all the usual tourist activities, this is a great piece of Chiang Mai that most tourists don't get to see.

Visited June 2011
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Russell, New Zealand
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“Awesome place”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 8, 2011

What a well kept place. We stayed at Horizon Village next door which I think has the same owners. Make sure you hire a bike to do the gardens as they are huge. The topiary are fantastic and very clever. There are a number of animal enclosure around the park and well worth the stop. They all looked fairly well looked after but some may say it is cruel to have animals locked up? Great restaurant on site with something for everyone. Even if you aren't in to plants, which I am not, I am sure you will be impressed

Visited June 2011
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