About Doi Inthanon

Chiang Mai ( ~100 kilometer ), Chiang Rai ( ~280 kilometer ), Pai ( ~220 kilometer )
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Doi Inthanon is one of the most popular national parks in Thailand. It is celebrated for its waterfalls, few trails, remote control villages, viewpoints, sunrise/sunset watch, bird and the all year round cold weather on higher elevations. The main park entrance is about 70 km southwest from Chiang Mai city center.

besides known as “ The Roof of Thailand ”, Doi Inthanon National Park covers an area of 482 km² in Chiang Mai state north of Thailand. The park is part of the Himalayan mountain range with elevations ranging between 800 and 2,565 meters asl. The highest peak in the park is Doi Inthanon Mountain which is the highest mountain in Thailand. The parking lot has high humidity and cold weather all year round .
The view of the sea of mist from the viewpoints
Songyos Kaewkaemsi The view of the sea of mist from the viewpoints

The parking lot is named in respect of the king Inthawichayanon, one of the last kings of Chiang Mai, who was concerned about the forests in the north of Thailand and wanted to preserve it. After his death his remains were placed in the park as he ordered and the afforest was renamed to Doi Inthanon .
The plant consists of damp evergreen cloud forests, sphagnum bog down on elevations over 1,800 meters asl, dry evergreen, pine, assorted deciduous teak and dipterocarp forests on the lower elevations .
The showery season is May to October with most rainfall about July to September. The rest of the year is quite dry with cold weather around November to February .

Wildlife

due to continuous poaching and habitat deepen most of the bigger mammals such as elephants, tigers, gaurs have been extirpated from the ballpark decades ago. Some mammal species like wilderness boar, gibbons, deer and serow placid inhabit the ballpark. There are presently around 65 know mammals in the national park of which half are cricket bat species. lucky visitors may see serows along the Kew Mae Pan Nature Trail, but sightings are rare .
With accidental visitors and historically few recorded species counted, there are around 500-510 bird species recorded in the park, which is the highest number in Thailand. Some of the dame species in the state that are entirely recorded from Doi Inthanon are ; ashy-throated leaf warblers, dark-breasted rosefinches and collared grosbeaks. There are many more species that can only be found in Doi Inthanon or in the nearby parks .
Bar-throated minlas are found often around the café at the summit
creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International Thai National Parks Bar-throated minlas are found often around the café at the summit

The boastful bird migration to Thailand starts around March and continues with breeding time until June/July, which is the best time of the year to visit the park for bird .
There are presently around 50 known reptile species recorded from the ballpark, but the real number is much more .
Pope ‘s pit vipers ( Trimeresurus popeiorum ), the recently described Guo ‘s green pit vipers ( Trimeresurus guoi ) and Himalayan batch hell vipers ( Ovophis monticola ) are three pit viper species found in the ballpark. Some other concern snakes recorded from the park are ; two-striped keelbacks ( Hebius bitaeniatum ) and white-banded wolf snakes ( Lycodon septentrionalis ) .
Chiang Mai dwarf gecko ( Hemiphyllodactylus chiangmaiensis ) is an endemic species, presently only known from Doi Inthanon National Park. other rare lizards recorded from the park are ; Doi Inthanon bent-toed gecko ( Cyrtodactylus inthanon ), Doria ‘s leaf-litter skinks ( Scincella doriae ), Yunnan shadow gecko ( Hemiphyllodactylus yunnanensis ) and a few more .
Elongated tortoises ( Indotestudo elongata ), affect tortoises ( Manouria impressa ) and big-headed turtles ( Platysternon megacephalum ) are presently known tortoise/turtle species of Doi Inthanon .
There are around 30 species of amphibians recorded from Doi Inthanon, including Chiang Mai newt ( Tylototriton uyenoi ). Inthanon horned frog ( Megophrys angka ), Anderson ‘s odorous frog ( Odorrana andersonii ), Doi Inthanon flood frog ( Amolops archotaphus ), Schmacker ‘s odoriferous frog ( Odorrana schmackeri ), white-eyed litter frog ( Leptobrachium huashen ) and Inthanon current frog ( Ansonia inthanon ) are a few rare amphibia species endemic to either park or the mountain range around .

Getting there & get around

Getting to the park

The entirely public exile choice is slower songthaews which are passenger vehicles adapted from tone arm and truck. Getting there can be a morsel challenging because one songthaew needs to change to another. If lucky with timings, it takes at least 2.5-3 hours to reach the park from Chiang Mai with songthaews .
once in the park, the distances are big between the attractions, not easy to walk between unless one is up for very long challenging walks along the main road .

The chief entrance steer to the national park is via a checkpoint at km 8 of the rural road 1009 accessible from the highway 108 southwesterly from Chiang Mai. The visitor focus on and the headquarters are another 22 kilometer inside the ballpark .
See our “ Get There & Stay “ section for more detailed information about how to get to the park .

Get around in the park

due to big distances between the attractions, visitors need a car or bicycle to move around the ballpark. It will be a poor decision to try walking between the attractions along the main road .
Doi Inthanon National Park should be avoided during longer holidays such as New Year ‘s Day break, Songkran and early week-end combined long holidays when ten thousands of people visit the park, creating a long traffic jam all the way inside the parking lot .
The park is generally a lot busier during the week-ends, less people visiting the park during the week-days .

Tours & private transportation

It is possible to reserve a secret enlistment or taxi service to Doi Inthanon from this web site ;

Entrance fees & opening times

As of June 2022, the entrance fees are 300 Baht for adults and 150 Baht for children. Thai citizens pay 60 Baht for adults and 30 Baht for children. Cars will be charged with 30 Baht and bikes with 20 Baht .
Doi Inthanon National Park is open from 5:30 am to 6:30 pm every day, all year round. The main trail of the park -Kew Mae Pan Trail- is closed for the visitors from June to October for annual forest recovery reasons .

Activities

The headquarters area is where a broad campsite is located, it is pretty much in the middle of the park. The nearest attraction from there is Sirithan Waterfall, which is the alone waterfall in a convenient distance to get to by foot .
The summit of Doi Inthanon is the most democratic descry in the park, chiefly for its great horizon, but besides for watching the dawn. Two Chedis not excessively far south from the peak facing west is more popular for its sunset view .
There are few waterfalls along the road to the headquarters in a very short stroll from the chief road. Most of the waterfalls have a good flow of body of water all year turn but the best season for water menstruation is during the showery season from May to November. The waterfalls are all in rough areas, not ideal for naiant .
One of seasonal worker attractions of the park is the blossoms of thai sakura flowers covering trees in pink during belated January and early February, lasts only for a few weeks .
Birding possibilities are good in many spots along the main road, all the way up to the peak .
Sakura blooming happens briefly around February every year
Copyright phuttiphong Sakura blooming happens briefly around February every year

Mae Klang Luang Village around 6 km east from headquarters areas has some very picturesque rice fields around the irregular half of the showery season. This village besides has some cafe and restaurants. The rice fields are not worth visiting for the rest of the year .

Stay & eat

The main camp ground and the park accommodations are around 500 meters north from the headquarters sphere .

Camping

The campsite is very roomy. Camping gear can be rented at the entrance to the campsite. The smaller tents for 3 people costs 225 Baht/day, sleeping bags, flat and pillows costs extra 60 baht in full per person ( 2018 prices ) .
There are no restaurants in the campsite area, the nearest option is around the HQ and the Hmong market far west .
It is constantly cold at night in the park. During some winter days the temperatures may drop to vitamin a moo as to freezing sharpen. Campers are strongly recommended to have quick clothes with them .

Accomodations

There are a number of Accomodations scattered around the camp establish. The price ranges from 1,000 Baht up to 6,500 Baht, a 20 % dismiss applies when booked for Mon-Thu. It is possible to book the accomodations on arrival to the visitor center if there are any available .
The accomodations can be booked through the DNP web site in gain. As the money transfer must be done within 2 days and the fact that it takes time with transfers from abroad, it is only possible to bible from within Thailand only. Payments can be done at 7-Eleven public toilet stores or banks .

Eat

There are many restaurants in the park ; Kew Mae Pan Trail, Two Chedis, Hmong Market east from headquarters, Wachirathan Waterfall and a few others. There is besides a cafe at the summit and few other spots in the ballpark .

Phone(s)

You are recommended to ask a Thai speaking person to call on your behalf .

  • 053 286 729 (Visitor Center)

The attractions of Doi Inthanon

Doi Inthanon Summit

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Located at km 48 at the end of the road 1009, with an altitude of 2,565 meters asl, it is the highest acme in Thailand .
If you are after a ambitious raise up to the highest point in Thailand, forget about it. The peak is accessible by car or motorcycle all the way up, but you could hike a few hundred meters from the parking sphere to the actual summit. There are no longer trails to hike to the acme .
The summit vantage point is a popular place for watching the sunrise. For sunset, please read Phra Mahathat Naphamethanidon and Naphamethanidon ( Two Chedis ) further below .
Ang Ka Luang Nature Trail is not besides far down the road, see below for more information .
There is a cafe following to the summit trail head. There are a couple of squirrel and boo species which get very near people while sitting and enjoying the opinion from this cafe .

Ang Ka Luang Nature Trail

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A shorter circular boardwalk nature trail slightly on the reverse side from the trail to the acme. The habitat around the boardwalk is charming, identical dense, fogyish, lush forest all year round. This trail is highly recommend .
Boardwalk through mossy forests along the Ang Ka Luang Nature Trail near the summit
Copyright Subin Pumsom Boardwalk through mossy forests along the Ang Ka Luang Nature Trail near the summit

Kew Mae Pan Nature Trail

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Starting from the main road just a few hundred meters north of the two chedis, this 2.5 kilometer long circular lead must be accompanied by a Hmong Tribe guide. The hike is easy to moderate to walk, clearly and well maintained. part of the trail is along a batch ridge with a beautiful position over west. The very rare chinese gorals are relatively common along this trail but sighting is rare, a draw of attempts needed to finally see one. It costs 200 Baht to hire a guide, there are constantly a few of them waiting at the trail head on the main road and can only be hired on blot .
Kew Mae Pan Nature Trail is closed from June to October every year, re-opens 1st November .
The 2.5 km long Kew Mae Pan Trail with great views of the surrounding valley and mountains
Copyright Subin Pumsom The 2.5 km long Kew Mae Pan Trail with great views of the surrounding valley and mountains

Two Chedis

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besides known as Phra Mahathat Naphamethanidon and Nophamethanidon in Thai, Two Chedis are on the independent road 5 kilometer confederacy from the top of the main peak of Doi Inthanon .
Also called Twin Pagodas or Phra Mahathat Naphamethanidon and Naphaphone Phumi Siri, Two Chedis are located not too far from the summit
Copyright Tawatchai Prakobkit Also called Twin Pagodas or Phra Mahathat Naphamethanidon and Naphaphone Phumi Siri, Two Chedis are located not too far from the summit

The inaugural of the chedis, Naphamethinidon, meaning ‘by the military capability of the land and air ‘ was built in 1987 to honour the sixtieth birthday anniversary of King Bhumibol Adulyadej. The second chedi, Naphaphone Phumi Siri, meaning ‘being the strength of the air and the seemliness of the land ‘ was built in 1992 to honour the sixtieth birthday anniversary of Queen Sirikit .
There is a vantage point with a thoroughly position over the west slope of the park, a popular place to see the sunset .

Waterfalls

Doi Inthanon National Park has many waterfalls, some easily accessible from the main road through the national park, lone a few hundred meters off from the road. The waterflow is dependable all class round but most impressive during the showery season from May to November. During the cold and dry seasons the water is more clear up and more desirable for swimming if possible, but most waterfalls are identical rough, swimming possibilities are very limited .

Wachirathan Waterfall

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One of the most impressive waterfalls in the park, the most popular one due to its location and easily access. As with most other waterfalls, the size of this waterfall is very exaggerated by park staff or guides, but calm, with around 40 meters height and the impressive wide look, it is no doubt one of the best falls in the park .
There are a numeral of restaurants, cafe and shops around the car park area of the falls .
Wachirathan Waterfall, one of the most popular waterfalls int the central parts of the park
Copyright Rozella Wachirathan Waterfall, one of the most popular waterfalls int the central parts of the park

Sirithan Waterfall

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One of the most popular waterfalls, at km 22, accessible by a 200 meters retentive lead from the parking area on the main road. This waterfall can alone be seen from a vantage point not besides far from the falls. It is not possible to get all the direction down to the waterfall .
Sirithan Waterfall
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Siriphum Waterfall

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1.5 km off the road 1284 north of headquarters, accessible by a trail on the west side of Ban Khun Klang greenwich village and the Royal Garden. The area around this waterfall gets sakura bally in February .
Sakura blooming around Siriphum Waterfall in February
Copyright Poonsak Pornnatwuttikul Sakura blooming around Siriphum Waterfall in February

Pha Dok Siew Waterfall

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A multi-tiered waterfall located half room through a 2.6 kilometer hanker lead starting from the main road about a kilometer east from headquarters and ends at a nearby Mae Klang Luang Village. The village has a picturesque opinion of rice fields on the mound slopes during the showery season .
The chase must be accompanied by local guides waiting at the trail-head on the independent road. The local guides charges 200 baht per group ( price confirmed October 2020 ) .

Mae Klang Waterfall

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It is the first waterfall on the main road into the national park, cascading closely 100 meters grandiloquent over respective tiers with the tallest tier about 25-30 meters. It is located 600 meters south of the checkpoint at the southeast character of the ballpark .
Mae Klang Waterfall
Copyright Suthiwat Mae Klang Waterfall

Mae Ya Waterfall

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A cascading waterfall plunge from several tiers over 250 meters. The independent accessible tier is 40 to 50 meters tall and around 100 meters broad, no doubt one of the most impressive falls in the nation .
It is said to be the biggest waterfall in the nation, but to be taken with a pinch of strategic arms limitation talks. The tallest single tier capitulation in Doi Inthanon National Park is Mae Pan, read further below, there are tall and much wide falls in the country .
Mae Ya Waterfall at the southern parts of the park
Copyright Happystock Mae Ya Waterfall at the southern parts of the park

Mae Ya is located in the southerly parts of the ballpark, around 17 km southwest from the main checkpoint into the parking lot. Mae Ya has its own checkpoint where the national park entrance fee must be paid for entrance. like entrance fee is valid for the entire national park .

Mae Pan Waterfall & campsite

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Mae Pan is a 100 meters tall waterfall off from the other attractions of Doi Inthanon, situated at the end of a 2 kilometer dirt road from Mae Chaem Road. It is the tallest non-cascading waterfall in the parking lot, due to it ‘s relatively distant localization it is not visited much by the local tourists which prefers to stop by at first base 4-5 waterfalls on the way to the HQ. The trail to the waterfall can be very slippery, but worth the feat to get there. apart from the waterfall there is a shorter loop topology trail that can be hiked in less than 2 hours .
There is a campsite in Mae Pan area, but there are no tents available for economic rent and there are no restaurants nearby .

Royal Project Inthanon

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Established in 1979, Royal Project Inthanon is a about 1 km² flower garden. The main aim of starting this project was to eliminate opium growing by educating the locals. The garden is located at the Khun Klang Hhong village 1.5 north from the headquarters .
There are several greenhouses at the garden for growing Rhododendron flowers, ferns, Hydroponics vegetables and assorted early flowers .

Mae Klang Luang Village

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A village around 5 km east of headquarters, right south of the main road. This greenwich village has rice fields nestled on batch slopes, creating a identical nice horizon during the showery seasons. There are restaurants and cafe in the village .
Rice paddies of Mae Klang Luang Village in the rainy season
Copyright Jirapong Boonpongha Rice paddies of Mae Klang Luang Village in the rainy season

Brichinda Cave

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A 250 meters long limestone cave not besides far away from the entrance of the ballpark, accessible from kilometer 9 ( 1 km north from checkpoint at km 8 ) with less than an hour of hiking from the main road. It has two chambers with a broad one near the cave entrance .
The cave has been closed for the visitors since 2015 ( confirmed november 2021 it is still closed ). It international relations and security network ’ triiodothyronine even potential to get there with a commando .

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