Heading north out of Chiang Mai on Route 107, or Chotana Road, to Mae Rim, you will come to the Rama IX Lanna Park. In this spacious park can be found the Hill Tribe Museum run by the Hill Tribe Research Institute, a part of the Public of Welfare Department.
This ethnological museum has collections illustrating the cultures of 10 tribal groups or subgroups: the Hmong, Karen, Mien, Akha, Lisu, Lahu, Lua, Thin, Khamu and Mlabri. There are exhibitions of their lifestyles, costumes, beliefs and education, using only materials derived from the tribal peoples own hands. Such is the quality of the material at the Museum that it is used as a research and study centre.
Ratchaphruek Garden is situated 10km. southwest of Chiang Mai, in Mae Hia sub-district. Nestled in a lush mountain landscape, this 400 rai (240,000m2) of land is indeed a picturesque setting -- not only the garden itself with its many plant and flower species -- but also its unique and delicate artwork and architecture, which enriches the minds of its visitors with its seductive natural beauty.
The area was the site for the Royal Flora Expo 2006, the world most beautiful international horticultural exposition. This exhibition commemorated the auspicious occasion of the 60thanniversary of the crowning of King BhumibolAdulyadej. The Association of International Horticultural Producers (AIPH) gave the Expo A1 status, its highest honor. RatchaphruekRoyal Garden is truly the fruit of this special event. The Garden has been carefully maintained and developed, and is a splendid resource for agrotourism, as well as being a learning and research centre for the public and a meeting-place for agritourists to share knowledge.
For further information, please visit http://www.royalparkrajapruek.org or tel. 053 114 195-6