Singha Park Chiang Rai in Thailand #SMSnotes

Singha Park offers fun-filled activities and attractions in a beautiful, natural environment. The Park is a popular place for local Thais, who go there to exercise and relax at the weekends. You can spend a whole day or a few hours exploring this huge park and all it has to offer. Singha Park is worth a visit for all ages and is a great place for the whole family.

Website: Singha Park
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The park is open all year round but is at its blooming best during the cool season from mid-November to the end of January. From mid-February to the beginning of April, the haze and smog can detract from some of the views.

I’ve enjoyed my trips to Singha Park and while I wouldn’t describe it as a must-see attraction, it is an interesting and attractive destination and one that sees far more Thai visitors than foreigners. It’s well worth spending a half-day at Singha Park especially if you have your own transport and can combine it with a trip to the nearby White Temple (Wat Rong Khun) which is approximately 10 minutes away by car.

The main part of Singha Park is open daily from 9am-6pm although restaurants are open until later. Entrance to the park is free with visitors paying extra depending on how much they want to see or do when they are there.

Throughout the year, Singha Park stages a number of music concerts with some big name Thai bands pulling in the local crowds. The park also hosts an annual balloon festival in February and various cycling events during the year.

The restaurant uses freshly grown fruit and vegetables from the farm. Bhu Bhirom also incorporates oolong tea leaves into the menu with signature dishes such as the spicy tea-leaf salad. And if you have a taste for tea, stop at the Singha Park shop and buy some packs of the locally produced oolong tea leaves to take home with you. Bhu Bhirom Restaurant is open daily from 11am-10pm.

Previously known as Boon Rawd Farm, the fertile soil here was used to grow barley for beer production and the farm was off-limits to the general public. That all changed when Boon Rawd decided to transform the area into a sustainable tourism project with Singha Park opening its gates to visitors in December 2012. Large areas of the park are still a working farms with fruit orchards and tea plantations as well as some of the original barley fields.

The best place to eat at Singha Park is the highly regarded Bhu Bhirom Restaurant. With an elevated position and expansive views over the park and plantations, the restaurant is a lovely place to dine and relax with a choice of Thai food, including northern Thai specialties, as well as Western food.

The park covers a large area and although you can walk around the pathways closest to the entrance, if you want to explore more of the landscaped grounds the Singha Park staff encourages visitors to use bicycles or take the electric tram. The tram stops at various points of interest and gives you time to enjoy the walking trails and flowers.

An hour will give you enough time to explore most of the park whilst two hours should be ample for a leisurely ride and plenty of stops for photos. There are various cycle paths to choose from with informative maps telling you the length of the ride in kilometers and the degree of difficulty on each route. Please note that all cyclists are asked to register at the bike desk before setting off on any of the routes in the park.

The bicycle routes in Singha Park are excellent and are free to use if you bring your own bicycle.

There are a number of attractions at Singha Park which make it suitable for visitors of all ages. Young children will probably enjoy the petting zoo most of all with the chance to feed the zebras and giraffes. There are also a number of locations around the park where visitors can pick their own fruit and vegetables or simply enjoy the walking trails through the meadows.

For something more active, ziplining and wall climbing are both available. Whilst the setting is scenic, it’s a steep 800 Baht per person for the privilege of a short ziplining flight to take in some of the panoramic views from above. The climbing wall costs 150 Baht per person. If you’re looking to do something active at Singha Park, hiring a bicycle provides the best value and most reward.

The word ‘Singha’ is actually pronounced ‘Sing’, but some Thais are so used to hearing it called ‘Sing-ha’ by overseas visitors that they may even use this name too without trying to correct you! If you listen carefully to Thai people ordering a Singha Beer, you should be able to hear them say ‘Beer Sing’.

An electric tram carries visitors to various parts of the park with stops at the fruit orchards, tea plantations, and the petting zoo some of the highlights. Tickets for the tram are purchased at the information counter near the front entrance. On busy days (especially weekends and holidays) you may have to wait at least an hour for a seat on the next available tram. There are coffee shops and food outlets where you can sit and wait or you could just opt to hire a bicycle to save time.