Doi Inthanon, the Roof of Thailand
Hike the Kew Mae Pan Nature Trail
Your guide will meet you at your hotel at 0800 for your trip to Doi Inthanon National Park. Today you will hike the famous Kew Mae Pan Nature Trail. Doi Inthanon is the highest mountain in Thailand (2,565 m). It became a national park in 1972. The park has the highest diversity of forest types and bird species of all national parks in the country. Doi Inthanon National Park is famous for its many, spectacular waterfalls. On this page, we have extensive information about the national park, the trails, the history, and the villages in the park.
We will drive up to the summit of Doi Inthanon, where we will first visit the Shrine of King Inthawichayanon after who the mountain has been named. Very close to the shrine is the short but beautiful Angka Nature
trail. At this elevation of the mountain evergreen forest is prevalent.
After we have hiked the Angka Nature Trail we descend towards the nearby Kew Mae Pan Nature Trail. This trail is only open in the dry season. It is the most popular trail in the park and for good reason. A local guide of the Hmong tribe will accompany us because they manage the trail. You actually don’t need a guide but it gives the local people some extra income. The trail starts with a lovely walk through the evergreen forest to a view deck. From this viewpoint, the trail continues along a steep ridge with magnificent views over Mae Chaem and the Mae Pan River valley. Don’t worry, the trail is very safe. We will hike at a leisurely pace so we have plenty of time to enjoy the amazing views.
The Royal Chedis and the Vachirathan Waterfall
After we have finished hiking the Kew Mae Pan Nature Trail, we will briefly visit the two Royal chedis. They constructed these chedis to honor the 60th birthday anniversary of King Bhumibol Adulyadej in 1987, and the 60th birthday anniversary of Queen Sirikit in 1992, respectively. After this, it is time for lunch which we will enjoy at a local restaurant.
Having finished our lunch we will continue to the Vachirathan waterfall. Along the way, we will stop at the Khun Klang market where the Hmong people sell products from the Royal Project. The Royal Project (1969) is a non-profit organization, founded by His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej. It was aimed to solve the problems of deforestation, poverty, and opium cultivation by promoting alternative crops in Thailand. We will also briefly stop at the Karen village Baan Mae Klang Luang to taste their delicious coffee. The Karen and the Hmong have been living in this area for a long time.
Last but not least is the thundering Vachirathan aka Wachirathan Waterfall, which is the most popular waterfall in the park. After this, we will drive back to Chiang Mai. We will drop you off at your hotel and hope you have enjoyed our trip to Doi Inthanon National Park.
We also offer a rainy season day tour to Doi Inthanon.