Drive from Chiang Mai City to Mae Rim and visit an elephant camp. Watch the elephants demonstrating their skills and taking a bath in the river. Enjoy an exciting trek through the forest on elephant back. After lunch at a local restaurant, continue to the hill-tribe village of Hmong Nong Hoi Royal Project. It is about 1,200 meters above sea level, with an average temperature of 20.6 degrees Celsius. Visitors have a chance to observe the experimental cultivation of herbs. Fruit trees grown in this area include Japanese apricot, peach, plum, avocado, strawberries, grapes, passion fruit, and coffee.
There is also opportunity to observe medical treatment with herbal plants, needlework, the making of farm tools, and liquor production from maize. Continue to Queen Sirikit Botanic Garden and orchid farm. Covering an area of 560 acres , the botanic garden was established in 1992 in order to gather, conserve and strengthen the study and research on Thai plants and herbs. More than 700 species of plants, mostly Thai natives, are grown here. Visitors can drive around and drop in at the spots of their interest, e.g. the Orchid Breeding Center, the Herbs Center, and the Greenhouse.