Located about 100 km from Chiang Mai ,Doi Inthanon National Park is one of the most famous and important natural parks in Thailand. With its peak, the highest in the country at 2560 m, a visit to Doi Inthanon is one of the best day trips around Chiang Mai. In this visit we can find famous pagodas, ethnic diversity and spectacular waterfalls to rest and relax in our visit.
If your idea is to know the area we leave you all the information you need to know what to do and how to go to Doi Inthanon National Park in Chiang Mai by yourself.
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DOI INTHANON, THE HIGHEST MOUNTAIN IN THAILAND
During your visit to the park you can visit the following points of interest.
WHAT TO DO IN DOI INTHANON NATIONAL PARK
Visit the Twin Pagodas: Almost at the top of Doi Inthanon are the twin pagodas of Phra Mahathat Napha Methanidon and Phra Mahathat Naphaphon Phumisiri . Built in honor of King Bhumibol and King Srikit, the pagodas offer incredible views of the area. Inside we can enjoy several relics or images of Buddha and especially the beautiful gardens that surround them.
Visit the summit of Doi Inthanon: With its 2880 m, the Doi Inthanon is the highest peak in Thailand. From its summit, apart from being able to enjoy the incredible views we can make several simple walks to enjoy the surroundings.
Know the waterfalls that are in the park: Doi Inthanon National Park, is famous for its beautiful and spectacular waterfalls. Easily accessible by road, these waterfalls will allow us to refresh and rest on our day of visit. The most important waterfalls would be Wachirathan, Mae Ya and Mae Klang.
Trekking in the park: Inside the Doi Inthanon National Park we can do several hikes or treks. For the more adventurous you can do a route of almost 4 hours known as Kiu Mae Pan while for the less adventurous you can do a one hour hike on the path known as Michaels Path (located right at the top of the mountain).
Visit the local market: Located at the entrance of the park, near the office or interpretation center, we can visit the local market, buy some souvenirs (especially local crafts and fabrics) and get an idea of the different ethnic groups that live inside the park, especially Mon and Karen.
HOW TO GO TO DOI INTHANON NATIONAL PARK
The best way to go to the Doi Inthanon National Park is on your own, either by motorbike or rented car, or on a hired excursion. As it is so far away from Chiang Mai it is very difficult to go by public transport.
As you can see, a visit to the Doi Inthanon National Park is perfect for a full day excursion around Chiang Mai and the entrance fee to the park is 300 bth per person.
If your idea is to ride a motorcycle, remember only to do so if you already know how to drive one.
If your idea is to do a long trekking you should ask for information at the park offices. There you will be assigned a guide to do the tour.
The best time to enjoy the park is from October to April. This is when the area is at its greenest and the waterfalls have a lot of water. Remember that you will reach more than 2000 m of altitude. That makes it a bit cold or foggy. Travel in a raincoat or something to keep you warm.