If you’re bound for Thailand, you’re probably going to head North to Chiang Mai to go to the elephants, shop in the night time market segments, and slurp mouthwatering khao soi. Although it’s easy to get caught up in the traveler crowds and spend your evenings drinking Chang beers at Zoe’s, you’ll want to escape the town that invites ten million tourists each year.
North Thailand is a dream for backpackers who want to get away in nature at night outskirts of Chiang Mai and trek in to the mountains. While you make your ideas to check out this lush paradise, make sure to plan a trip off the beaten course. An ideal way to escape and enjoy character is to check out Doi Inthanon National Area, home to the best mountain in Thailand and a complete host of interesting flora and fauna!
If you’re bound for Thailand, you’re probably going to head North to Chiang Mai to visit the elephants, shop in the night time marketplaces, and slurp mouthwatering khao soi. Although it’s easy to get swept up in the visitor crowds and spend your evenings drinking Chang beers at Zoe’s, you’ll want to flee metropolis that invites ten million travellers each year.
North Thailand is a dream for backpackers who want to get away in nature at night outskirts of Chiang Mai and trek into the mountains. While you make your plans to check out this lush paradise, make sure you plan a vacation from the beaten course. A perfect way to escape and enjoy mother nature is to check out Doi Inthanon National Playground, home to the best mountain in Thailand and a complete host of amazing nature!
The Highest Mountain in Thailand
Situated in Chiang Mai province in the north of Thailand, Doi Inthanon reaches the heart of its own immense national park which sprawls over 482 square kilometers of tropical forest covering many climatic and ecological zones.
The mountain itself is area of the Thanon Thong Chai mountain range which varies between 800 meters above sea level at its lowest point with the peak of Doi Inthanon being its crowning glory at the highest point of 2565 meters above sea level. Additionally it is considered part of the foothills of the Himalayas.
Due to its large elevation, the climate on the mountain is variable – and generally cooler than elsewhere in Thailand. Doi Inthanon Country wide Park has high humidity and chilly weather throughout the year. At thin air on the summit heat can drop only 32°F (0°C) in January, and through the rainy season (Apr to November) it often rains for more than 2 time each day.
Doi Inthanon tour National Park
Something of an national treasure, Doi Inthanon was declared a Country wide Playground in 1972 and formally extended in 1978 to include the surrounding lowlands. Apart from the obvious allure of the mountain itself, there can be an great quantity of nature here to entice nature lovers – some of the widest variety in Thailand.
The park is a paradise for parrot enthusiasts as it houses the second greatest number of species of birds (382 altogether) in the united states.
Doi Inthanon tour is of particular conservation importance for those species which inhabit the humid evergreen forests of top of the slopes. Two rare kinds that are exclusively seen on the mountain will be the Ashy-throated Leaf-Warbler and a particular variety of Green-tailed Sunbird. The optimum time to parrot watch is during the breeding season which lasts from March until as overdue as July for a few species.
Sadly due to hunting and habitat change many of the much larger mammals have disappeared from the park, but it is nevertheless still home to around 75 mammal species. Rare pets like the Asiatic black keep, Assamese macaque, and Phayre’s leaf-monkey can still be seen here, as well as more common animals such as barking deer, civets and giant flying squirrels. The flora consists of sphagnum bog, damp evergreen cloud forest, dry evergreen, pine, teak and dipterocarp forests.
But the wildlife isn’t the thing to see here – the impressive waterfalls that cascade down Doi Inthanon’s slopes aren’t to be missed. Perhaps the most impressive are multi-tiered Mae Ya waterfall which plunges over 250 meters, and the fast moving Wachirathan waterfall whose powerful torrents drench you in spray.
Another natural wonder to enjoy on Doi Inthanon is Tham Bori Chinda cave. An hour’s trek from the key highway, this large cave has been effortlessly developed from the limestone mass of the mountain. Sunlight gets into inside the cave and reflects off the surface off the normal water to reveal some impressive stalactite and stalagmite formations, plus carved Buddha images.
Also worth a visit are the two chedis (stupas) constructed in celebration of the 60th birthdays of the past due King and Queen of Thailand (in 1987 and 1992 respectively). The twin chedis are occur superb and immaculately landscaped gardens one of the clouds, and a click here is a serene experience.
Another sight worthy of seeing is the Doi Inthanon Royal Project in Khun Klang village. This project was founded by the royals back the 70s to help teach the hill tribe population in new agricultural routines, to be able to persuade them from the opium harvest.
The project houses some truly beautiful plantations and a fascinating plant breeding research centre.
Hotels Near Doi Inthanon Country wide Park
Kowit Maechaem Farmhouse highest mountain in thailand
10km from Doi Inthanon Country wide Park
Each room has a kettle and private bathroom
Some rooms have seats areas and balconies