HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn Herb Garden in Rayong

HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn Herb Garden
Herb Garden Lotus Pond

After arriving at the Exhibition Hall, the main entrance to the HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn Herb Garden leads visitors to the Lotus Pond.

Just off Highway 36 southeast of Bangkok, on the way from Chon Buri to Rayong is a quiet sanctuary of botanical treasures. The HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn Herb Garden is wedge-shaped property with 20,000 herbal plants grouped into 20 sections by their use.  Many of the plants represented on the 24 acres are those used in traditional Thai herbal knowledge. The gardens are designed using an array of meandering walks that gracefully unfold section after section in a pleasing voyage of discovery.

HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn Herb Garden

The main entrance to the HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn Herb Garden.

Clerodendrum paniculatum var. paniculate (Pagoda Flower).

One of many interesting plants in the herb garden, Pagoda Flower (Clerodendrum paniculatum var. paniculata)

This garden was the first herb-themed garden in Thailand, having been planted in 1984 by PTT (Public Company Limited), a Thai state-owned oil and gas company.  The property was the company’s maintenance center and staff residence.  PTT, with an objective to conserve and develop natural resources for future generations, gathered and planted herbs in a garden setting.  One year later, the garden was presented to HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn and further development continued.  In honor of the Princess’s 50th birthday in 2006, an exhibition hall was built on the property.

HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn Herb Garden Tram

A great way to get a preview of the garden for first time visitors is to take the garden tram.

The garden touring bus is a great way to get an overview of the entire garden before heading out on foot to see the plants more intimately.

Make sure to take note of the nutmeg trees that were planted as commemoration of the inauguration of the herb garden on April 18th, 1985. The nutmeg tree, Myristica fragrans is important for the two important spices, nutmeg and mace from the seed of the tree, and has been used as the emblem of the garden.  All the plants in the garden are well maintained and situated for optimum viewing and have very informative signage.

HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn Herb Garden

One of the many intimate views in the Herb Garden.

HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn Herb Garden

Medicinal succulents like this Euphorbia have much to teach us at the Herb Garden.

The property has an interesting gift shop that sells dried herbs, oils, tinctures and products. A fascinating place to browse or shop.  This is a fantastic place to shop for unusual gifts that bring home a flavor of Thailand. Don’t shortchange yourself on time here (or in the café for a cool drink).

The gardens are open from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm every day except Monday. For more information call (66) 0-3891-5213-5.

Exquisite statuary are througout the Herb Garden.

Powderpuff flowers decorate the earth.

HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn Herb Garden

Exquisite statuary can be found throughout the Herb Garden.

HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn Herb Garden

HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn Herb Garden

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