Doi Inthanon, also known as Doi Luang or Doi Ang Ga, is at Thailand’s peak at early times. It is a part of the Himalayan range as well. This mountain range is a popular tourist place, primarily due to its biodiversity, wildlife ecological structure, and Doi Inthanon national park.
The national park is in northern Thailand near Ban Luang, Chom Thong District, Chiang Mai. It covers 482 sq km, with a 2565m high Doi Inthanon mountain peak above sea level.
The park has an Accommodation center, temple, lush green forests, waterfalls, wildlife, a lake, and more than 360 flora and fauna species. It also serves as the house for the tribal population living here. It is a thrill and fantastic experience to visit this national park at the peak. Mainly because of the eye-appealing scenic view, trekking, camping, chilled weather, and surreal atmosphere. There are maps and guides available for tourists at the ranger center.
Located: 110 km away, 2-hour drive from the southwest of Chiang Mai
Entry Fee: Adults- 300 BAHT/ INR 700, Children- 150 BAHT/ INR 350
Opening hours: From 5:30 am to 6: 30 PM, enjoy the sunrise at 6 am
There are a lot of activities that one enjoys while taking a tour around the famous National Park:
Kaew Mae Pan trail and Sirithan Waterfall:
As you reach the national park, Kaew Mae pan starts from the main entrance, 15 minutes trek away is Sirithan Waterfalls, 200 km trail down. It is a fantastic waterfall with a viewing platform to appreciate the beauty of nature and clicks pictures. The path is relatively easy, and famous walks around the dense forest.
Mae Ya Waterfall:
Among the largest waterfalls present, it is a 250 m deep waterfall. Located 17 km away from the main entrance, a trail of 20 minutes leads up to this waterfall. It is a must to visit the waterfall, although it’s pretty off-trail of tourists. There are other beautiful waterfalls present at the park as well, which you can see.
Ang Ka Luang :
This trail is opposite the summit trail, another hiking track that goes deep inside the flora and fauna’s scenic beauty. The wooden bridge in between the dense forest is an adventurous experience of 20 minutes.
Located after the Mae Ya Waterfall, it is at the base of the peak. The rural tribe living in this village cultivate different crops in the field, especially rice cultivation, vegetables, and fruits for commercial purposes.
In the village, visit the famous Khun Ya Noi market or Ban Mae Ab Nai in Karen Village to shop for traditional souvenir products. Not only that, but they also provide accommodation and thai food in the national park. One can also camp near this site.
Hike up to the Brichinda Cave near the village, One hour walk from the main center. It is a beautiful open-up cave in the middle of the dense forests.
Doi Inthanon Temple:
Entrance fee: It’s free of charge
It opens from 8:30 am onwards
One of the major attractions in the national park is the Doi Inthanon Temple. It is near the summit, 2100 km away at the top, known for its two king pagodas. These chedis got established to celebrate the 60th birthday occasion of the queen and king, and The temple has buddha paintings and delicate tiled murals inside. The temple has a curvey bridge in front covered with different types of flowers such as Vanda Orchids, Phycastylis, and Rhododendron.
Highest Spot :
The summit is 2565 meters above and is the highest peak in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Tracking up to this spot is an adventurous and fun-filled journey. Enjoy the sunrise from the top of the mountain as well as the stunning view of the city. One can also reach by car by covering 50 km distance directly from the main entrance.
Best time to visit: During the winter season, i.e., through Mid November to Mid February.
Travel: Either by taxi, car, or scooter. All of this mode of transport is available at reasonable prices.