This is a private tour. Doi Inthanon is one of Thailand’s most famous national parks and for good reason. The park boasts the greatest diversity of forest types and bird species found in any single park in the country and features some beautiful waterfalls, dramatic views and extraordinary nature. Your visit to the National Park will help protect this lovely national park. Your overnight in the Karen village will benefit the local people. We consider this one of our Chiang Mai jungle trekking and forest bathing tours.
Total driving time: Day one: two hours Day two: none Day three: two hours
This is a private tour. Your guide and driver will meet you at your hotel at 0800 for your in-depth three-day Doi Inthanon Trekking. We leave Chiang Mai in the southern direction towards Doi Inthanon National Park. Doi Inthanon is with 2,565 meters elevation above sea level, the highest mountain in Thailand. The mountain is the source of many rivers and is an important watershed area. Forest types include moist, evergreen, pine, and mixed deciduous forests. The park supports the most significant number of bird species of any site in Thailand. We will visit the spectacular Wachirathan Waterfall.
The summit of Doi Inthanon
We will stop at a local market to buy supplies, after which we will continue to the summit of Doi Inthanon. After a brief forest walk around the mountain, we will descend and stop at the two pagodas erected in honor of the King and Queen of Thailand. We continue to Meo Khun Klang, a Hmong village part of a Royal Project. After lunch, we will drive to the start point of trekking. We will trek through the dense forest. Your guide will explain the different forest types in Northern Thailand. We will continue our trek today to the White Karen Village. It will take approximately 3 hours. Dinner and overnight will be in the village, where your guide will tell you the fascinating history of the local people.
Day 2: From Karen village to Karen village
Your guide will prepare a delicious breakfast for you. After breakfast, we will continue our trek. Walking today will be around four to five hours. In the morning, we will walk mainly downhill to the White Karen village. You will have time to look around the community and practice your language skills while your guide prepares lunch. After lunch, we will walk up and down through the forest until we reach the Karen village of Huay Khao Lip. This is a small and quiet village. Your guide will ask you to assist you with the preparation of dinner tonight. He will explain the herbs and ingredients he uses. After dinner, you will visit a village house to get to know some of the villagers. Overnight in the village.
Day 3: Baan Huay Khao Lip – Chiang Mai
After early morning breakfast, we will say goodbye to the village and trek uphill for almost one hour. Then it is another hour downhill to a pretty waterfall where we will spend some time relaxing, swimming, and enjoying nature. After this, we will continue to the Karen Village Baan Mae Sa Pok. After lunch in the village, we will have time to look around before making our way back to Chiang Mai. It is the end of your three-day Doi Inthanon Trekking in Depth.
Summit of Doi Inthanon
Hmong Royal Project
Doi Inthanon National Park
Hmong Royal Project
Karen tribal culture
Two overnight in homestays in villages
What is included?
English speaking guide Transportation by A/C vehicle Accommodation in a local house Two breakfasts, three lunches, and two dinners Drinking water during meals Coffee and tea Entrance fees Limited medical insurance Use of sheet bag or sleeping bag Use of Mosquito net Use of Backpack (on request) Toilet paper & Soap Towel A flashlight is provided in the village
What is not included?
Other drinks except water during meals Personal expenses Tips
Day 1 08.00 – Departure from the hotel 08.30 – Short stop at a local market 09.30 – Arrival at Doi Inthanon National Park 10.00 – Visit the Wachirathan waterfall 11.00 – Visit the summit of Doi Inthanon 11.30 – Visit the two Royal Chedis 12.00 – Lunch at a local restaurant 12.30 – Drive to the starting point of the trek 13.00 – Start trekking about three hours 16.00 – Arrival at a Karen village where we stay overnight, relax at the village 17.00 – Help your guide cook dinner 18.00 – Dinner at the village before free at leisure
Day 2 09.00 – Visit around the village 09.30 – Start hiking about five hours to another Karen village 12.00 – Picnic lunch in the jungle 14.30 – Arrival at the village, rest and relax 15.00 – Visit around the village, meet local people, and join activities at the village 17.00 – Help your guide cook dinner 18.00 – Dinner at the village before free at leisure
Day 3 09.00 – Visit and walk around the village 10.00 – Start hiking about two and a half hours 10.00 – Stop and relax at the waterfall 12.00 – End of the trekking and meet the driver 12.30 – Lunch at a local restaurant 13.30 – Visit the village 14.00 – Drive back to Chiang Mai 16.00 – Drop off at the hotel
What to bring
During this trip, you will have to carry your luggage yourself, so it is essential to pack as lightly as possible. You can leave your big luggage in the storage room of the hotel. If you stay in a different hotel after the trip than the one before, you can leave your big luggage in our office for the duration of the trip. Porterage during the trip is available for 300THB per day.
Three or four short sleeve shirts for the daytime A warm shirt with long sleeves for the evening (in the winter Nov – Feb, it can be a bit cold) Comfortable shoes with good grip (especially in the rainy season from May until November) Swimwear A hat or cap Light raincoat Sunscreen Flip flops for in the village Sunglasses Your toiletries Personal medication Fully charged batteries or even an extra battery or power bank for your camera or phone. Most villages have electricity, but it is not always available. Some money for souvenirs, drinks, and tips. 1500-2000 Thai Baht per person in small notes (not bigger than 500 Thai Baht and plenty of 100 Thai Baht notes).