Located on the outskirts of Chiang Mai, near the Doi Suthep, the Chiang Mai Winter Palace, also known as the Palace of Flowers, is one of the best known and recommended tours of the city.
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BHUBING PALACE, CHIANG MAI’S WINTER PALACE
The Chiang Mai Winter Palace is named after the place where the royal family of Thailand usually spends the winter. Built in 1961, the complex stands out not only for the architecture of the palace, but also for its incredible gardens decorated with all kinds of flowers from the region and for its small lake. The visit consists of enjoying the gardens and their shapes, visiting the greenhouses or visiting the different buildings where the kings and their entourage stay (entry to them is forbidden).
HOW TO GO TO CHIANG MAI’S WINTER PALACE
If you want to go by public transport the best way is by songthaew or collective taxi. These vans leave from the red collective taxi stand in the area of Manee Nopparat Road (north of the wall) and cost 80 bth. Remember that the same van also stops at Mount Doi Suthep (40 bth).
CHIANG MAI WINTER PALACE SCHEDULE
Opening hours are from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm every day, except when visited by the royal family which is closed to the public. The entrance fee is 50 bth per person.
Combine the visit to the Royal Winter Palace of Chiang Mai (Bhubing Palace) with the visit to Mount Doi Suthep either by yourself (motorbike or rented car) or in an organized tour.
Remember that you are visiting a royal enclosure, you must enter keeping a minimum standard of dress (no tank tops, flip-flops and in the case of women without pants or skirts too short).
If you are a flower lover you cannot miss your visit, especially during the months of January and February, when all the plants bloom and fill the complex with beautiful colours.