Doi Chiang Dao Luang National Park

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Photo of Doi Chiang Dao Luang National Park, , Chiang Dao

What we say: 4.5 stars

Jutting steeply into the sky, and clearly visible from town, this limestone behemoth -- the third largest mountain in the country -- casts a regal presence over the valley. The national park that takes its name from its peak is also quite beautiful, and boasts an especially rich variety of fauna and flora.

While undeniably beautiful, the park and mountain are neither cheap nor particularly easy to explore. Organised treks as well as independent adventures can be pricy and complicated (depending on where you want to go) but they are not at all uncommon. You cannot drive to the peak as you can on Doi Inthanon, but driving a certain distance up the mountain is indeed possible. After that you will have to rough it by foot.

Reaching the summit in one day is a bit of a tall order, while camping on the mountain will provide a more relaxed timeline, and give you a chance to take in the beautiful sights around you. Treks up the mountain can be organised at several guesthouses around town, but generally only between November and March.

Regardless of how long you plan to visit, a trip to this mountain is a must for nature lovers, and if you have the time and inclination, spending more time near the peak will most certainly result in a few postcard-worthy photos.

Last updated: 20th August, 2012

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