The Doi Inthanon National Park
Doi Inthanon National Park is about 70 km southwest of Chiang Mai. It takes about 1,5 hours to drive from Chiang Mai to the summit. Doi Inthanon became a national park in 1972 and covers 482 square kilometers. The mountain has the nickname “The Roof of Thailand”.
Doi Inthanon is with 2776 meters above sea level the highest mountain in Thailand. It forms the watershed between the Ping River to the east and the Chaem River to the west. These rivers eventually feed the Chao Phraya River, which supplies water to rice farms of the central plains.
The park has the greatest diversity of forest types in Northern Thailand. Below 1000 meters elevation, the park supports deciduous dipterocarp forest, bamboo deciduous forest, and mixed deciduous forests that are all fairly typical of Northern Thailand.
Near the summit, however, the evergreen forest, with its abundance of woody lianas and epiphytes, constantly shrouded in mist, has a unique and enchanting atmosphere. An epiphyte is a plant that grows non-parasitically upon another plant (such as a tree) and derives its moisture and nutrients from the air, rain, and sometimes from debris accumulating around it instead of the structure, it is fastened to. Such epiphytes include brilliant green ferns and mosses, dangling lichens, and the profusion of orchids and other flowering plants. The park has more bird species than found in any single park in the kingdom.
We offer a large number of tours to the Doi Inthanon National Park.