Discover Doi Inthanon National Park - Chiang Mai
Travelers, who want to get up and close with Thailand’s untapped natural beauty, can go and visit Doi Inthanon National Park. Nicknamed “The Roof of Thailand”, this protected area has been the home some of the world’s most enchanting specimens of flora and fauna, and the highest mountaintop in the country. Although the national park is surrounded by all sorts of greenery, it is also known to be the destination where tourists can touch the sky.
From the base of the national park to the summit’s peak, Doi Inthanon offers visitors a complete and pleasurable sensory experience. Once travelers head towards the hiking trail, they will be greeted with beautiful scenery, which can be likened to a dream. Besides the amount of trees that soar above the visitors’ heads, Doi Inthanon has several waterfalls, an amazing view of the sunrise – which can be seen from the Doi Inthanon peak – and two royal pagodas, which are dedicated to the king and queen’s 60th birthday anniversaries. If travelers want to explore more of the country’s woodlands, they may opt to also visit Doi Suthep-Pui National Park. This national park is only 2 hours away from Doi Inthanon, and also offer a spectacular medley flora and fauna. There are also various activities that cater to the tourists’ interests which include: hiking, camping, cave touring, and stargazing. For a wetter and wild adventure, tourists may go rafting in the rivers of Mae Jaem valley.
Trip Guru would like to advise travelers to wear thick clothing when visiting Doi Inthanon National Park. Its elevation ranges between 800 and 2,565 meters and generates an average temperature of 10-12°C. For traveling birders, bringing a pair of reliable binoculars, and a notebook and pen will definitely help out because they will be able to spot different species of birds only native in Thailand. To enjoy Doi Inthanon without any interruptions, travelers should not visit the national park during the summer months because a lot of locals come here to cool off.
Getting to Doi Inthanon National Park from Chiang Mai is a bit of a challenge, but hard work always pays off. Travelers may take the red-colored songthaew that is scurrying between Chiang Mai and Chom Thong. After they reach Chom Thong, hop on to another songthaew that travels between Chom Thon and Doi Inthanon headquarters. The entrance fee for non-locals is 300 Baht for adults and 150 for children.