Chaeson National Park Trekking Area

The Chaeson National Park trekking area is about 60 km northeast of Chiang Mai, only about one hour drive. It is very close to the boundary of Chaeson National Park.

Protected areas

Chaeson National Park is often spelt Jae Son National Park. The park is 592 square kilometres. In 1988 Chaeson National Park became Thailand’s 58th protected area. The mountains are part of the Khuntan range and are an essential watershed area for the surrounding area. The highest peaks in the park reach elevations of 2000 meters.

Trekking

We offer two trips to Chaeson National Park, a day tour and a two-day tour with overnight in the village. Mae Kampong has become a very popular destination for local tourists. About 20 years ago this village was one of the first that offered Community Based Tourism. Villagers opened their homes for tourists to spend the night. Especially during the cold season (December and January) it can become very crowded in the weekend. Now there are more than 50 small guesthouses and numerous nice coffee shops.
Few people go trekking in the forests of Chaeson National Park. Very seldom do we meet other people on the trails. The park is great for jungle trekking. It is a fantastic area.

Kiw Fin viewpoint with signs Chaeson National Park trekking area
Kiw Fin viewpoint

Other activities

Mae Kampong,  is the base of Flight of the Gibbon, the first zipline in Chiang Mai.

Attractions

Mae Kampong waterfall and Doi Mon Lan from where you have a view over Chiang Mai, Lamphun and Lampang provinces. Chaeson National Parks has hot springs which are the main attraction of the park. There are several waterfalls such as the Chaeson waterfall which is six-tiered. Less visited falls are the Mae Peak, Mae Koon and Mae Mawn Falls. The park also has numerous cave systems including Pha-ngam, Mor, Luang and Loug Kae, which are seldom visited.

Guide in the forest during Trekking at Mae Kampong
Trekking at Mae Kampong

Forest

There are two types of forest on the mountain: Deciduous forest below about 1,000 m elevation and evergreen forest above. The deciduous is further divided into two kinds, deciduous dipterocarp-oak forest in the driest areas and mixed evergreen, deciduous forest along streams and gullies. Common species are trees of the families Dipterocarpaceae, Fagaceae and Magnoliaceae.

Fauna

Animal species in the Park include serow, barking deer, mouse deer, Siamese Hare, Malayan flying lemur, langur, macaque, golden cat, porcupine, treeshrew and wild boar. Don’t count on seeing any of these through. Birdlife in Chaeson includes White-rumped Shama, Red Junglefowl, woodpecker, bulbul, barbet, Tailorbird, green pigeon, warbler, babbler and dove.

Royal Projects

On the way, you can visit the Tok Teen Royal Project, definitely worth a visit.

During hike wild mushroom in Mae Kampong
Wild mushroom in Mae Kampong

We offer this tour to Chaesorn National Park and Baan Mae Kampong: