Doi Inthanon: An Excursion From Chiang Mai

It is the top of Thailand. A good starting point to get to know it is the town of Chiang Rai, which is also interesting.
Doi Inthanon: An Excursion from Chiang Mai

Doi Inthanon is the highest mountain in Thailand,  rising more than two thousand five hundred meters above sea level, and is one of the must-see places on any trip to the country. Therefore, below we will tell you how to get there by taking an excursion from Chiang Mai, as well as other information of interest. Are you accompanying us on this journey to the heights?

Doi Inthanon National Park

Mae Ya Waterfall at Doi Inthanon
Mae Ya Waterfall

Doi Inthanon National Park hides many places of interest. Some of them are the Wachirathan waterfall, with an eighty meter drop; the Mae Klang waterfall, less tall and beautiful, but more recommended for taking a bath; or the Borichinda cave, the most famous in the park and in which, thanks to the entrance of the sun, a magical atmosphere is created.

In addition to enjoying the nature of the place, you can walk through the village of the Karen ban sop had ethnic group, surrounded by rice fields and other crops; or buy a handicraft product in a Hmong market . All this before reaching the coveted top of Mount Doi Inthanon, where a sign reminds us that we are in the highest place in Thailand.

On the other hand, one of the most outstanding excursions in the Doi Inthanon National Park is the Gew Man Pan Trekking, which starts near where the beautiful royal pagodas are and lasts about two hours. For this, it is necessary to go with a guide from the place itself, which entails a price of 20 THB (Thai bath).

How to get there from Chiang Mai

Forest in Doi Inthanon
Forest in Doi Inthanon

Chiang Mai is about an hour and a quarter from the first point of interest in Doi Inthanon. One option to reach the destination is through one of the many tours that exist. These are done by minibus or van with an English-speaking guide, and include pickup and drop-off from your accommodation.

Regarding prices, these usually range between 1,100 and 1,500 THB, which is equivalent to about 28-38 euros. It all depends on the benefits of each tour , as there are some that allow you to visit more sites, others that last longer, that offer food or trek through nature, etc.

Other ways to get to Doi Inthanon from Chiang Mai are by taxi, with which there is the possibility of moving easily between the different points of interest in the place; or in a rental vehicle. The latter is the cheapest option of all and the one that gives travelers the most freedom. Better if you have a map or a GPS.

On the other hand, those who prefer to spend the night in Doi Inthanon instead of taking a round trip from Chiang Mai can sleep in the same park. And there are resorts , campsites or bungalows where you can spend the night.

What to see in Chiang Mai

Wat Phra That Doi Suthep in Chiang Mai
Wat Phra That Doi Suthep in Chiang Mai

In Chiang Mai you can take the opportunity to visit various places of interest, starting with its historic center, defined by the wall and the moat that surround it. This houses a large number of Buddhist temples, such as Wat Chian Man or Wat Chedi Luang; or the monument to the Three Kings, which represents several Lao-Thai monarchs.

In Chiang Mai you can also see the Elephant Nature Park, a refuge for elephants that allows you to spend the day with them; the ruins of Wiang Kum Kam, which are the remains of what was the capital of the Lanna kingdom; Dos Pui, the second mountain in the Soi Suthep-Pui National Park; or Wat Phra Doi Suthep, one of the most important temples in Thailand.

As you can see, the options to enjoy in Chiang Mai are many, beyond visiting Doi Ithanon. And this is one of the most attractive areas of Thailand.

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