Get close to nature at Dokmai Garden in Chiang Mai -

April 05, 2010 (PRLEAP.COM) Travel News can announce that those staying in hotels in Chiang Mai will be struck by the natural beauty the area has to offer.

Situated among some of the highest mountains in the country, it offers a wealth of flora and fauna for those who enjoy the great outdoors.

One of the most interesting destinations in Chiang Mai is the Dokmai Garden, which boasts a rich variety of plant life and some of the most beautiful flowers to be seen anywhere.

This four-hectare botanical garden is open from 10:00 to 17:00 local time from Tuesday to Thursday and within its walls visitors will learn more about the nature and culture of northern Thailand.

Dokmai means 'flower', however, the centre contains more than just pretty flowers, with several species of bird, fish, butterflies and mushrooms calling the gardens their home.

Another feature those staying in hotels in Chiang Mai can explore is the wonderful shop, which is made from teak and whose design was inspired by the northern Thai Lanna style.

Various items can be found in the store, including silk garments, mother of pearl and several examples of biological literature which are sold at no profit with the aim of strengthening people's knowledge of plant life.