The Bhubing palace lies in Chiang Mai Province, about a one-hour journey east of Chiang Mai over twisty roads.
None of the buildings was open to visitors. Near the parking lot were a snack bar, toilets and a souvenir stall which was probably regulated by the palace.
Don’t let the lack of open buildings put you off a visit. First, for someone like me, from a temperate climate, who doesn’t take heat well, it was blessedly cool. Second, there were glorious gardens including a rose garden, and a path through a lush shady area of ferns and bamboo.
This post includes a sampling of the flowers. The Ipomoea was growing over the slate roof of a shelter.
Orchids are such an exotic luxury in Canada. Seeing orchids blooming freely in this garden – but also in the wild – was a never-ending surprise.