Doi Inthanon

Doi Inthanon

Thailand's highest peak

Encompassing almost 500 square kilometres of mountain highlands, along with Thailand’s highest peak, Doi Inthanon is one of Thailand’s most famous parks. Named after the 2,565-metre peak, the park contains a mixture of dry dipterocarp on the lower slopes, mixed deciduous trees such as teak and mountain evergreen at mid-altitudes, then pine and cloud forest near the summit.

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The park is home to a wide variety of wildlife. There’s not much in the way of larger mammals – the park isn’t that large — but is rich in birdlife, with several endemic species. The park pamphlet counts an astounding 385 bird species, three of which are only found on Inthanon. Doi Inthanon National Park sprawls across Mae Chaem and Chom Thong districts in the southern reaches of Chiang Mai province, with park headquarters and the main entrance located in the latter district, around 60 kilometres from the provincial capital. While there is accommodation within the park’s boundaries, it isn’t all that great, and with the recent-ish closure of encroaching resorts, we recommend basing yourself in one of the relatively nearby town of Mae Chaem, or visiting the park on a daytrip from Chiang Mai or even Lamphun.

Glittering Wat Phra That Si Chom Thong. Photo: Mark Ord.
Glittering Wat Phra That Si Chom Thong. Photo: Mark Ord

Regardless of where you stay, the park is well equipped to handle the large volume of visitors it attracts day in, day out. Weekends and Thai public holidays can be very busy affairs. In some cases you may not realise it though, as the park offers a variety of attractions, from viewpoints and walking trails through to waterfalls and (on the outskirts of the park) hilltribe ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 900 words.)

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