Experience the Beauty of the Bai Orchid and Butterfly Farm

Colorful Orchids at the Bai Orchid and Butterfly Farm

What do you get when you have thousands of beautiful exotic flowers and hundreds of butterflies free to roam in a small cozy natural setting? Rows and rows of multicolored, different species of orchids growing organically for you to smell their fragrance, take selfies by, and walk a pathway that takes you through the intimate butterfly greenhouse. The Bai Orchid and Butterfly Farm is a lovely place to get your fill of colorful photos when you are visiting Chiang Mai.

Orchid Gardens
Rows of Orchids growing

There are two orchid gardens for you to peruse. Each one has multiple rows of orchids with many rows even having different types of orchids in them. The tour bus crowds will crowd around the first row in the first garden so, it is best to walk in toward the back of the rows to find an empty one for great orchid photos. Or better yet go to the back orchid garden plot for fewer people to have to deal with in your shots. You might have some feet in your shots, but then just get close-ups of the orchids as that is what you came for anyway.Orchids growing

Orchid Photos

Okay, I have one pet peeve that I saw while I was walking through the orchid garden. An older shorter lady who I assumed was smelling an orchid by pulling it down close to her, actually broke the orchid off and took it with her. Come on, people! Don’t be that person! Leave them as they are for others to enjoy!

“Love is like a beautiful flower which I may not touch, but whose fragrance makes the garden a place of delight just the same.” – Helen Keller Pink OrchidsCluster of colorful orchidsOrange OrchidsBright Pink orchidsPurple and red orchidsPurple orchidsWhite and purple orchidsSpotted purple orchidsPurple and pink orchidsYellow and red orchidsSpotted pink orchids

Waterfall GardenWaterfall at the Bai Orchid and Butterfly Farm

There are a couple of pathways connecting the two separate orchid gardens and butterfly garden. On one of them, you will come across this beautiful waterfall garden. Time for some photo opportunities.Statue and orange flowersKoi Fish

Butterfly FarmEntrance to Butterfly Farm

This cozy enclosure seems so far away from all the tourists crowding around the orchids getting their selfies taken. Once you go through the chains, it seems quieter and more remote. You can actually lose a lot of time in here. I almost missed my bus because I was so determined to get a certain butterfly’s photo that I lost track of the time. As this section of the farm is down another pathway away from the orchids, there were not a lot of people in here with me. Only one other lady that was actually on the same tour with me came into the butterfly enclosure. Be really careful where you are walking when inside the butterfly farm as the butterflies might be sitting on the ground.Butterfly FarmButterfly with purple flowersMonarch butterfly on leafButterfly on red flowerMultiple butterflies on pink flowersBlue butterfly on yellow flowers

CafeBai Orchid and Butterfly Farm Cafe

The cafe that is inside the orchid and butterfly farm serves a Thai buffet. The buffet usually has vegetarian dishes like noodles, Thai curries, vegetables, and spring rolls. And it is relatively inexpensive. They also have coffee and desserts available. You don’t have to worry about them running out of food as it is replenished regularly throughout the day.

Gift ShopOrchid gifts

Of course, no tourist spot would be there without a gift shop. The Bai Orchid and Butterfly Farm gift shop is right at the entrance. You can see all the options to purchase before you even get to see the orchids. They have numerous orchid shaped jewelry, orchid perfumes, and you can even purchase an orchid at the onsite nursery.

Bai Orchid and Butterfly Farm InfoRow of colorful orchids

The Bai Orchid and Butterfly Farm is the perfect stop in the Mae Rim District for a quick browse through the orchid garden or a longer stop where you can enjoy the Thai buffet in the cafe. There happens to be a cluster of three other orchid and butterfly farms in the Mae Rim District so, make sure you are going to the one you want. Bai Orchid and Butterfly Farm Open Hours are 7:30 p.m. – 5 p.m. daily. Entrance fee is 40 THB (1.26 USD). I came here as one of the stops on a guided tour of the hill tribes. A lot of tour groups do make a quick stop here in the afternoon so, it can get pretty crowded. Remember to be patient while waiting for your turn for the perfect selfie. Or just move to another row of orchids. Have fun and don’t forget to smell the flowers!Heather at Orchid Butterfly Farm

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