The Magnificent Nature Trails of Doi Inthanon

Price per person in THB
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4,9003,7003,1002,7002,4002,2002,100
Difficulty
80%

This is a private tour. The “Magnificent Nature Trails of Doi Inthanon” is a day tour that combines the two great trails on the mountain: the Kew Mae Pan Nature Trail and the Pha Dok Siew Nature Trail. We only offer this tour from November 1 until May 31 because the Kew Mae Pan Trail is closed for part of the year. We don’t offer this tour on weekends and certain national holidays because there will be too many visitors on the trails.

This long day trip for early risers will take approximately 10 hours. We depart early to take our time to hike the two trails at a leisurely pace with enough time for photo stops and rest. Besides these trails, we also visit the Vachirathan waterfall, the mountain’s summit, and the Royal Chedis. We will also have a cup of coffee in the Karen village of Ban Mae Klang Luang.

From: 4,900.00 ฿

The Wonderful Nature Trails of Doi Inthanon

Visit the highest mountain in Thailand

This is a private tour. No others will join you. We will pick you up from your hotel at 0700 sharp for your trip named “The Magnificent Nature Trails of Doi Inthanon.” Today you will hike the famous Kew Mae Pan and Pha Dok Siew Nature Trails, two hikes that are totally different and complement each other. 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 found in any single park in the country. There are many beautiful waterfalls as well.

The Kew Mae Pan Nature Trail

We will drive up to the summit of Doi Inthanon. Here we will first visit the Shrine of King Inthawichayanon, after who the mountain has been named. The very short but beautiful Angka Nature trail is very close to the shrine. We hike this trail, after which we will continue to the nearby Kew Mae Pan Nature Trail. This trail is only open in the dry season.

It is a lovely walk partly through moist evergreen cloud forests along a steep ridge with fantastic views over Mae Chaem and the Mae Pan River valley. Let’s hope for sunny weather. There will be enough time to take pictures. A local guide of the Hmong ethnic minority will accompany us. Here we walk for a couple of hours through the unspoiled cloud forest. When the skies are clear, the views are magnificent. This hike is the most famous and popular trail on Doi Inthanon.

The Royal Chedis

After that, we will visit the two 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.” These temples were built to honor the 60th birthday anniversary of King Bhumibol Adulyadej in 1987 and the 60th birthday anniversary of Queen Sirikit in 1992, respectively. From the two chedis, you have a great view of the Doi Inthanon mountain range, stretching to the lowlands.

The Pha Dok Siew Nature Trail and Thundering Waterfalls

After this, we will visit the Karen village of Ban 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, and after lunch, we will drive for five minutes to the starting point of our hike. We will walk the Pha Dok Siew Nature Trail, one of the two great nature trails of Doi Inthanon.

We will trek for about two hours, first along a majestic waterfall and then through the fields of the Karen people. A local Karen guide will accompany us. We will have to cross the river several times. This multi-tiered waterfall cascades towards the Karen village Ban Mae Klang Luang, where our trek ends. It is time for a cup of coffee at Somsak’s coffee place.

Return to Chiang Mai. We will briefly stop at the Vachirathan Waterfall. We will drop you off at the hotel at about 1800 and hope you enjoyed the fantastic nature trails of Doi Inthanon.

Highlights

Summit of Doi Inthanon

Angka Nature Trail

Vachirathan Waterfall

The Kew Mae Pan Nature Trail through the mossy cloud forest

The Pha Dok Siew Nature Trail

Hmong Royal Project Market

Two Royal Chedis

Karen village Baan Mae Klang Luang

Inclusions

What is included?

Transportation by AC minibus
English speaking guide
Local Hmong guide during Kew Mae Pan Nature Trail

Local Karen Lunch during Pha Dok Siew Nature Trail
Lunch
Drinking water during meals
Entrance fees (300THB per person for the National Park)
Limited medical insurance

What is not included?

All drinks except drinking water
Personal expenses
Tips

What to bring

Long sleeves/Jacket
Hiking shoes with good grip
Sunscreen
Hat or cap
Insect repellent
Sunglasses
Raincoat
Small backpack

Timeline

07.00 – Departure from the hotel
08.45 – Visit the summit of Doi Inthanon and a short walk
09.30 – Start hiking the Kew Mae Pan Natural Trail
11.30 – End of the hike
11.45 – Visit the two Royal Chedis
12.15 – Leave the chedis and stop at the Hmong market
12.45 – Late lunch at a local restaurant
13.30 – Start hiking the Pha Dok Siew Nature Trail
15.30 – Visit the Karen village Ban Mae Klang Luang
16.00 – Drive to Vachirathan Waterfalls
16.45 – Drive back to Chiang Ma
18.30 – Drop off at the hotel