Doi Inthanon, the Roof of Thailand
The Angka Nature Trail
This is a private tour. Your guide and driver will pick you up from your hotel at 0800. This trip is about rural life, Royal chedis, and Doi Inthanon waterfalls. Doi Inthanon is the highest mountain in Thailand (2,565 m) and became a national park in 1972. The park boasts the highest diversity of forest types and bird species found in any single park in the country and has many beautiful waterfalls. We will drive up to the summit of Doi Inthanon, where we will visit the shrine of King Inthawichayanon, after who they named the mountain. After this, we will hike the short Angka Nature Trail and admire the mossy cloud forest that is prevalent just under the summit.
The Royal Chedis
We start our descent and visit the two Royal Chedis, one called Naphamethinidon, meaning “by the strength of the land and air,” and the other, Naphaphonphumisiri, meaning “being the strength of the air and the grace of the land.” They built these chedis (temple towers) to honor the 60th birthday anniversary of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej in 1987, ad the 60th birthday anniversary of Queen Sirikit in 1992, respectively.
Pha Dok Siew Nature Trail and Doi Inthanon Waterfalls
After this, we will visit the Karen village Baan Mae Klang Luang. Along the way, we will stop at the Hmong market, where products from the Royal Project are for sale. Lunch will be at a local restaurant. After lunch, we will drive for five minutes to the starting point of our hike, the wonderful Pha Dok Siew Nature Trail. We will trek for about 1,5 hours, first along the Pha Dok Siew waterfall and then through the fields of the Karen people. A local Karen guide will accompany us because they are the caretakers of this fantastic trail. It is a beautiful walk: you will descend along the waterfall via bamboo bridges and stairs with bamboo railings to the rice fields of the Karen village.
This multi-tiered waterfall cascades towards the Karen village Baan Mae Klang Luang, where our trek ends. After this, we will spend some time in the village and learn about coffee cultivation. This village is famous for its delicious coffee so we will taste a cup. The view over the rice fields is charming. After this, it is time to return to Chiang Mai. Along the way, we will stop at the thundering Vachirathan waterfall, the most popular of Doi Inthanon National Park.
After an exhilarating day, we will drop you off at your hotel. We hope you enjoyed the Doi Inthanon Waterfalls trip.