Things To Do in Doi Inthanon National Park
The whole point of the park is to get as high as you can to see life in a colder climate. At the summit is a sightseeing extravaganza. Almost at the exact summit is a chedi dedicated to the last Lanna King (Inthawichayanon) and beyond is the Ang Ka Trail, a 360m platform walkway through a moss-festooned bog.
Formerly, Doi Inthanon was called ‘Doi Luang’. It was later changed according to the name of the last ruler of Nakorn Chiang Mai, Phra Chao Inthawichayanon. Before he died he ordered that his remain be kept as a shrine on the peak of Doi Inthanon.
About 3km before the summit of Doi Inthanon there are two large pagodas, the Pra Mahathart Napamaythaneedol Chedi and Pra Mahathart Napapoommisiri, built by the Royal Thai Air Force to commemorate the king’s and queen’s 60th birthdays in 1989 and 1992, respectively. The pagodas are made from colourful marbles. Also, there is sculpture on the wall which represents Buddhist stories around the pagodas.
Surrounding these pagodas is a beautiful flower garden. The park is one of the top destinations in Southeast Asia for naturalists and birdwatchers. The mist-shrouded upper slopes produce abundant orchids, lichens, mosses, and epiphytes while supporting nearly 400 bird species, more than any other habitat in Thailand. Most of the park’s bird species are found between 1500m and 2000m; the best birdwatching season is from February to April.
Pagodas Pra Mahathart Napamaythaneedol Chedi and Pra Mahathart Napapoommisiri
Another activity nature lovers should not miss is trekking along the 2.78km long Kew Mae Pan Nature Trail. Hiring a guide is compulsory due to the delicate thick forest and the guiding fee is 200 baht per group (not more than 10 people). The guides are local Hmong Hill Tribe people who are highly expert on the route. Take note that Kew Mae Pan Trail is closed during raining season, from 1 June – 31 October every year.
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Posted by Chiang Mai Traveller on Wednesday, 11 October 2017
The highlight of this well-maintained trail is a clear viewing area overlooking the magnificent mountains view. If the weather is not foggy, that could be an unforgettable life experience.
There are eight waterfalls that dive off the mountain. Mae Klang Waterfall (at Km8) is at the foot of Doi Inthanon and the easiest to get to.
Wachiratan Waterfall (at Km20.8), is the biggest waterfall with the falls cascaded and tumbled some 50 meters. There is a market close to the waterfall where you can buy delicious fresh fruit, candies, dried fruits, various nuts, etc. There are also restaurants and a coffee shop in the area that serve tasty Thai food and drink at very reasonable prices.
Mae Ya Waterfall is another big waterfall with 260m tall and up to 40m wide, located some 12km from Chom Thong Village. Without a doubt, Mae Ya Waterfall is a photographic favorite for most visitors. There is a short walk of 600 meters to the waterfall from the main road.