Doi Inthanon national park is one of the mandatory tourist destinations for tourists visiting Chiang Mai. From unspoiled forests, waterfalls, and pagodas built inside national parks, these are just a few of many attractions here – a perfect place to escape from the hustle and bustle of the city.
About Doi Inthanon National Park
Located in Chiang Mai in northern Thailand, Doi Inthanon is the highest mountain in Thailand, rising 2,565 meters above sea level and 482 square kilometers wide. This national park has lots of amazing variations in its lush geography and forest – home to rainforest, mixed forest, and pine forest.
This national park is named Doi Inthanon in honor of king Inthawichayanon, the last ruler of the Kingdom of Chiang Mai, who was known for his love of nature. The national park was later established in 1972.
Doi Inthanon is part of the Himalayas and is not only famous among foreign tourists but also locals. Its cool weather and fresh pine scent simply make you want to linger here. The diversity of flora and fauna, waterfalls, remote villages, rice paddies, and tracking paths are the many attractions that make people flock to Chiang Mai.
There are at least 362 species of birds, 50 species of reptiles, and 65 types of mammals here, buddy ticket. Flowers such as the Vanda Orchid, Rhododendron, and Pyhycastylis can be found growing along the place. Because the weather is cool and water is abundant, the trees here also flourish.
Visiting Doi Inthanon National Park
It opens at 6 am and closes at 16.30 pm. Visiting there is best enjoyed with an early start on a weekday. The park gets busy with locals on weekends, particularly during the high season from December to March. Attempting to visit here during Thailand’s big holiday periods can be a frustrating experience due to bad traffic.
How to Get to Doi Inthanon National Park
Although the national park has several entrances, the nearest is a little over two hours of driving southwest out of Chiang Mai. The distance is only around 40 miles, but as expected in a mountainous region, the road is plagued with plenty of twists and cutbacks.