viewpoint on Doi Inthanon
Doi Inthanon viewpoint

Doi Inthanon National Park

Doi Inthanon National Park is about 70 kms southwest of Chiang Mai. It takes about 1,5 hours to drive from Chiang Mai to Doi Inthanon. The area was declared a national park in 1972 and covers 482 square kilometers. Doi Inthanon is sometimes called “The Roof of Thailand”.

Doi Inthanon is the highest mountain of Thailand, 2776 metres above sea level. It forms the watershed between the Ping River to the east and the Chaem River to the west, both of which eventually feed the Chao Phraya River, which supplies water to rice farms of the central plains and to Bangkok.

The mountain was called Doi Angka in the past. 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 forest 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 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 on Doi Inthanon.