Doi Inthanon National Park
Location of Doi Inthanon National Park
Doi Inthanon National Park is about 70 km southwest of Chiang Mai. It takes about 1,5 hours to drive from Chiang Mai to Doi Inthanon. Doi Inthanon was declared a national park in 1972. It covers 482 square kilometres. The park is sometimes called “The Roof of Thailand”.
Doi Inthanon Trekking
We offer several trekkings in Doi Inthanon National Park. We offer two one day trips, one for the rainy season and one for the dry season. For those who want to stay overnight in a Karen village, we have the two days Doi Inthanon Trekking. For those with a bit more time, we offer a three-day in-depth trekking which takes three days. This area is visited not too often. Other activities such as rafting and elephant experiences usually take place in the nearby Mae Wang area.
Attractions of Doi Inthanon National Park
Doi Inthanon is the highest mountain of Thailand, 2776 metres above sea level. The mountain forms the watershed between the Ping River to the east and the Chaem River to the west, both of which eventually feed the Chao Phraya River, which supplies water to rice farms of the central plains and Bangkok.
There are Karen and Hmong villages in and around the National Park.
The park boasts some of the biggest and most spectacular waterfalls in Northern Thailand amongst others: Mae Klang, Wachirathan, Siriphum Mae Pan and Mae Ya Falls.
The park has the greatest diversity of forest types in Northern Thailand. Below 1000 meters elevation, Doi Inthanon support deciduous dipterocarp forest, deciduous bamboo forest and mixed deciduous forest that are all fairly typical of Northern Thailand. Near the summit, however, the evergreen forest, with its abundance of woody lianas and epiphytes, always shrouded in mist, has a unique and enchanting atmosphere.
An epiphyte is a plant that grows non-parasitically upon another plant (such as a tree) and derives its moisture and nutrients from the air, rain. Sometimes from debris accumulating around it instead of the structure, it is fastened to. Such epiphytes include brilliant green ferns and mosses, dangling lichens, and profusion of orchids and other flowering plants.
(Elliot, The National Parks and other Wild Places of Thailand)
The park has more bird species than found in any single park in the kingdom.
We offer the following Doi Inthanon Tours and Trekkings: