Chiang Rai Attractions – Doi Tung Gardens

The Doi Tung Royal Palace was built as a Winter Retreat for the King’s Mother who passed away in 1995. The palace was built so that the hill tribes of the region would be honored by Royal presence so that they could be coaxed into stopping their Opium production.

The palace boasts of a magnificent garden which has a large variety of Orchids and is a must see for anyone headed to Chiang Rai.

Doi Luang National Park is 65 kilometers south of Chiang Rai town and covers an area of 1,170 square kilometers in Phan District. Apart from hiking trails, the forested park features a few waterfalls of which the largest is Pu Kaeng Waterfall. This impressive fall has nine leaps and flows all year round. To reach Pu Kaeng Waterfall drive along the Chiang Rai-Phayao route for 58 kilometers to arrive at Ban Pu Kaeng. At kilometer 77, take a right turn and proceed on for another 9 kilometers. It is a large waterfall amid virgin jungle with water cascading down limestone brooks. Camping areas and jungle trekking services are available.

The construction started in 1998 and is expected to be completed in 2008. In addition, there is a gallery nearby exhibiting his paintings. To get there from the city of Chiang Rai, drive north along Asia Highway.