Bhubing (spelling varies in English) Palace sits high above the city, and is still an occupied royal residence (in January, February and March). There is a nice 2.5km walk you can do around the grounds which will take you past the palace, guest houses, reservoir, lodges and gardens. It is quite steep in parts, with some steps, but you can pay for a golf buggy to take you around.
There is a strict clothing policy (much stricter than all of the temples we visited) which requires men’s shorts to go down to mid calf, not just cover the knees. The management will rent you sarong trousers (a weird idea, but there it is) and overshirts if you need them.
The buildings are nice enough (apart from the dated fake log cabins which look awful), but it is just nice to come here for a peaceful walk. Being so high and with a fair bit of canopy, the temperature is about a cool 24 degrees.
There are a few stalls around selling food. Here the problem of having ‘b’ and ‘p’ as interchangeable might lead to confusion.
Joking aside, it’s well worth the drive out of town and the 50 THB entrance fee, provided you are outside the royal visit period.
Address: Doi Buak Ha, Tambon Suthep, Muang District, Chiang Mai