Leave the city behind and explore the forested mountains
The forest of Chaesorn National Park
Your guide will meet you at the hotel at 0730 for your Chiang Mai: Hiking the Forest Trails of Mae Kampong and Chaesorn National Park. Drive to Mae Kampong, a lovely village in the mountains surrounding Chiang Mai. It’s a beautiful drive of about one hour and 15 minutes. Upon arrival in Mae Kampong, our local guide will meet us. In Chaesorn National Park it is compulsory to take a local guide of Mae Kampong village. By local truck, we will drive up to the ranger station of Chaesorn National Park. From the Kew Fin Viewpoint, we have a fantastic view of Chiang Mai.
Here we will start our trek up to the summit of Doi Mon Lan. It will take about one hour. The trail is not too steep. Pine trees and dipterocarp trees cover the area around the summit. First, we reach the lower peak and then the summit. At the top of the mountain, we will rest for a while and enjoy the spectacular view over Lampang and Chiang Mai provinces. If the weather is clear, you can see Chiang Mai in the far distance. Also, Doi Luang Chiang Dao, Thailand’s third-highest mountain, might be visible.
Mae Kampong Village
Then we start our descent. We pass several viewpoints on the way down to Mae Kampong. The forest is lush and pristine. We have plenty of time for photo stops and to enjoy the natural surroundings. We will be forest bathing! Along the way, we will enjoy a picnic lunch in the forest. Before we reach Mae Kampong we will visit a pretty waterfall, which is called? Yes, the Mae Kampong Waterfall.
After we have reached the village, there is time to walk around the village and meet some of the villagers. Most of them were engaged in growing bai miang. Quite a few people still are. Apart from bai miang, they also grow coffee and aromatic mushrooms. Other villagers are making handicrafts such as decorated pillows filled with tea leaves, rattan baskets, and bamboo furniture. Late in the afternoon, we return to Chiang Mai. We will drop you off at the hotel. Your Chaesorn National Park trekking ends here.