Canopy walkway is one of the newest and most exciting attractions to open up in Chiang Mai in years, located at the impressive Queen Sirikit Botanic Gardens in the Mae Rim district in the mountains. Opened in December 2015, the impressive walkway structure – made from fibreglass, glass and steel – suspends you over the forest canopy below, offering some stunning views over the mountains in the distance. It has also now been recognised as the longest suspended walkway in Thailand.
The 50-million baht project breathes more life into the Queen Sirikit Botanic Gardens, giving you an extra reason to visit this already excellent attraction (even if flowers and landscaped gardens aren’t your thing). The structure rises 20 metres above the gardens and stretches almost 400 metres in length with sections of the glass floor being completely transparent (a bit scary but a cool photo-op!)
The walkway is also separated by elevated viewing platforms along the way, presenting even better views over the lush jungles of Mae Rim, just north of Chiang Mai city.
Down below at garden level, nature enthusiasts should look out for orchids, lotuses, bromeliads and other flowers that can only survive at this elevated altitude (which is around 800 metres above sea level). As part of the gardens, there is also an impressive ‘rainforest house’ which boasts plenty more colourful flowers and rare plants. From here, there is a scenic walkway that takes you through part of the forest and past a cascading waterfall.
(Queen Sirikit) QSBG and the Canopy Walkway are both open every day to the public from 08:30 to 17:00. Do note that there is a dual pricing system, with Thai Nationals paying 40 baht to get in and tourists 100 baht – which is still quite a bargain.
There is also an onsite resort, café and gift shop all located within the gardens, so don’t worry if you forget to pack refreshments (ATM machines also available).
Getting to the walkway and gardens can be a bit tricky if you’re staying in the city. Your best bet is to go into a local travel agent to arrange transport for the day (they can take you to other interesting attractions along the route to Mae Rim too). You can also negotiate a price with a taxi or songthaew driver for the day (normally around 1,000 baht), or hire a scooter and do the drive yourself for the 30 minute to 1 hour drive. Scooters and motorbikes are widely available to hire throughout Chiang Mai city centre and costs start from 250 baht for the day (ID and deposit normally required). You can find more information about QSBG with the link provided below.
- Opening Hours: 08:30 – 17:00
- Location: Queen Sirikit Botanic Gardens, Mae Rim
- Tel: +66 (0)53 841 234
- Website: https://www.facebook.com/qsbgcm
- Price Range: 40 baht for Thai nationals, 100 baht for visitors