The Doi Suthep and Doi Inthanon Green Season tour

 

Price per person in THB
2 persons 3 persons 4 persons 5 persons 6 persons 7 persons 8 persons
9,500 7,500 6,400 5,800 5,400 5,100 4,900

 

This is a private tour. The Doi Suthep and Doi Inthanon Tour is a two-day and one-night tour during which you will experience some highlights of these fantastic National Parks.

From: 9,500.00 ฿

Palm tree green rice fields and mountain in the background Doi Inthanon Green Season
View on Doi Suthep from Baan Thi

The Doi Suthep and Doi Inthanon Green Season Tour

Day 1 Chiang Mai – Doi Suthep – Doi Inthanon

Visit the two “Dois” of North Thailand

This is a private tour. Your guide and driver will meet you at the hotel at 0800. This two-day Doi Suthep and Doi Inthanon Green Season tour features nature trails of the Doi Inthanon, Doi Suthep-Doi Pui, and Mae Wang National Parks. First, we will drive to Doi Suthep mountain. “Doi” is the Northern Thai word for mountain. For local people, Doi Suthep is a sacred mountain. At the foot of the mountain, we briefly stop at the shrine of Kruba Srivichai, whose followers constructed the road to Wat Phra That Doi Suthep. After this, we continue along this road to the temple. The winding road through the national park is popular with cyclists.

Wat Phra That Doi Suthep

The Wat Phra That Doi Suthep is the most famous temple in North Thailand. We walk the iconic stairway up to the temple from where you have a magnificent view of Chiang Mai surroundings. Your guide will tell you the story of the founding of the temple, more than 600 years ago. Then we will enter the main temple with the famous gilded chedi, one of the most photographed objects of Thailand. Then we will descend and board our vehicle to drive to Wat Pha Lat, the “jungle temple” of Chiang Mai.

Trail through the forest Doi Suthep-Pui National Park Doi Inthanon Green Season
The Monk’s Trail to Wat Pha Lat

Wat Pha Lat and the Monk’s Trail

Not much is known about the history of Wat Pha Lat. For centuries it probably was a resting place for pilgrims on their way from Chiang Mai to Wat Doi Suthep. The Burmese merchant Luang Yonakarn Phichit funded the construction of a pavilion, housing Buddha images, probably around the turn of the century. Over the years few people paid attention to Wat Pha Lat and its Burmese-style pavilion. About ten years ago Wat Pha Lat started to appear on social media and more people visited the temple. The Fine Arts Department rebuilt the pavilion, called Ho Phra Nam Rin. From Wat Pha Lat we then walk a part of the old Monk’s Trail to the base of the mountain. It is a short and easy walk.

Doi Inthanon in the Green Season: thundering waterfalls

The Galae restaurant has always been a favorite. We will have lunch here before we drive to Doi Inthanon National Park. Our first stop is the Mae Klang Waterfall, named after the Mae Klang River. We continue further into the national park. Next up is the spectacular Vachirathan Waterfall, which is the most popular waterfall in the park. Please note that you can’t swim in these waterfalls. Then we head for the Karen village Ban Mae Klang Luang, where we will spend the night. We settle into our bungalow before we walk through the village to the village temple, which is on a forested hill. It is an unusual and remarkable building, unlike other temples you have seen on your trip.

You will spend the night in a bungalow on the edge of the village Ban Mae Klang Luang. We will have dinner in their restaurant with a nice view.

Waterfall in the forest Doi Inthanon Green Season
The Vachirathan Waterfall in the green season

Day 2 Doi Inthanon – Chiang Mai

The Angka Nature Trail and the Roof of Thailand

It is the second day of the Doi Suthep-Doi Inthanon Green Season Tour. After breakfast, we will drive to the summit of Doi Inthanon. We visit the shrine that contains the ashes of the 7th ruler of Chiang Mai, King Inthawichayanon, after who the park was named. Very close to the summit is the short Angka Nature Trail with some beautiful ferns. After this, we will visit the two chedis that were constructed in honor of his majesties King Bhumibol Adulyadej and Queen Sirikit.

View on Royal Chedis Doi Inthanon National Park
The two Royal Chedis in Doi Inthanon National Park

The Pha Dok Siew Nature Trail

Then will drive a short distance to the starting point of the Pha Dok Siew Nature Trail. The people of Ban Mae Klang Luang manage the trail and also our guides. It is a lovely trail that descends along the Pha Dok Siew waterfall with bamboo bridges and walkways. It is a wonderful hike. After the waterfall, the trail is mostly flat and easy and leads us back to the village with fine views of rice paddies and mountainous landscapes. After a cup of Mae Klang Luang coffee, it is time for lunch.

Pha Chor, the “Grand Canyon” of Thailand

After lunch, we head for Pha Chor, “Thailand’s Grand Canyon” in the Mae Wang National Park. The story goes that the Ping River once flowed through this area and changed its course. It is an interesting, eroded landscape, reminiscent of the real Grand Canyon. We hike the short, easy but nice nature trail. Views are very nice from the top of the cliffs.

At the end of the afternoon, we will drop you off at your hotel and hope you have enjoyed our Doi Suthep and Doi Inthanon Green Season Tour.

Strange rock formations
Pha Chor, Thailand’s Grand Canyon

 

Highlights

Comfortable and safe private transportation

Summit of Doi Inthanon, highest mountain of Thailand

Angka Nature Trail
Pha Dok Siew Waterfall nature trail

Wachirathan waterfall

Karen village Mae Klang Luang: great coffee!

Doi Inthanon National park

Thailand’s highest point

Comfortable overnight in a village lodge

Karen tribal culture

Hmong Royal Project market

Pha Chor, the “Grand Canyon” of Thailand

The Mae Klang Luang Temple

Inclusions

What is included?

English speaking guide
Transportation by AC minibus
Two lunches, one dinner, and one breakfast
Drinking water
Coffee and tea
Drinking water during meals
Limited medical insurance

What is not included?

Other drinks except for water during meals
Personal expenses
Tips

 

Timelines

Day 1
08.00 – Departure from hotel
08.45 – Arrival Wat Phra That Doi Suthep
09.45 – Visit the temple
10.15 – Arrival Wat Pha Lat
Wat Pha Lat visit
10.45 – Walking the Monk’s Trail down
11.30 – Drive to Galae restaurant
11.45 – Early light lunch
12.30 – Drive to Doi Inthanon
14.00 – visit Mae Klang Waterfall
15.00 – visit Vachirathan Waterfall
16.00 – Arrival Baan Mae Klang Luang
Visit the temple
16.30 – Check into Mae Klang Luang Hills bungalow
Free time
18.00 – Dinner

Day 2
08.00 – Breakfast
09.00 – Drive to visit the summit of Doi Inthanon and a short walk
09.30 – visit two chedis
10.15 – Visit the Hmong village Khun Klang and the Royal Project
11.00 – Start the Pha Dok Siew trail
13.00 – End of the hike. After lunch drive Pha Chor
14.30 – Arrival at Pha Chor
15.30 – Drive to Chiang Mai
17.00 – 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