Doi Inthanon: Mighty Waterfalls, Rural Life and Royal Chedis

Price per person in THB
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Difficulty
50%

This is a private tour. Doi Inthanon National Park is one of Thailand’s most beautiful protected areas and boasts great diversity in flora and fauna. Today you will drive to the summit of Thailand’s highest mountain, trek along a fantastic waterfall, learn about the Karen hill tribe and visit Doi Inthanon’s most spectacular waterfall. This tour is available for the whole year.

Total driving time: four hours

 

From: 3,500.00 ฿

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Doi Inthanon, the Roof of Thailand

The Angka Nature Trail

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.

Doi Inthanon Pha Dok Siew waterfall
Pha Dok Siew waterfall

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.

Highlights

Comfortable private transportation

Angka Nature Trail through the cloud forest

Hmong Royal Project Market

Pha Dok Siew Nature Trail with waterfall and lovely views

Ban Mae Klang Luang Karen village with great coffee

Wachirathan Waterfall

Inclusions

What is included?
English speaking guide

Local Karen guide during Pha Dok Siew hike

Transportation by AC minibus

Lunch

Drinking water during meals

Entrance fees (including 300THB per person for Doi Inthanon National Park)

Limited medical insurance

What is not included?

All drinks except drinking water during meals

Personal expenses

Tips

Timeline

08.00 – Departure from the hotel

09.45 – visit the summit of Doi Inthanon and a short walk

10.30 – visit the two Royal Chedis

11.00 – Leave the chedis and stop at the Hmong market

12.00 – Lunch at a local restaurant

13.00 – Start hiking about 2 hours to Ban Mae Klang Luang

15.00 – Arrive at the village, relax and visit the village

15.30 – Drive to Vachirathan waterfalls

16.30 – drive back to Chiang Mai

18.00 – drop off at the hotel

What to bring

Long sleeves/Jacket during wintertime (Nov – March)

Hiking shoes with good grip

Sunscreen

Hat or cap

Insect repellent

Sunglasses

Raincoat

Small backpack