Planning a trip in Chiang Mai but unsure of where to visit? Consider heading down to Doi Inthanon National Park in Chom Thong District, one of Thailand’s most popular national parks that boasts a diversity of unique flora and fauna. With an entrance fee of around 300 baht, tourists can trek up the highest mountain and admire some of the most spectacular waterfalls, which makes Doi Inthanon an ideal place for those who wish to relax and reconnect with nature.
#1 The Highest Spot in Thailand
Known as the “Roof of Thailand”, Doi Inthanon has claimed its title of being the mountain in Thailand with the highest peak. Elevating 2565 meters above sea level, it is about a quarter as high as Mount Everest.
To get to the highest spot, you can choose to embark on the Kew Man Pan Nature trail to admire the ethereal landscape from the summit. For those who want a simpler route, you can enjoy an easy boardwalk at the Ang Ka Nature Trail.
Compared to the scorching heat of Chiang Mai, the chilly weather at Doi Inthanon makes the journey up the mountain an achievable feat even for the amateur hiker.
Your successful climb will be celebrated by a large sign stating that you have reached the highest spot in Thailand. This is the best opportunity for you to put on your creative hat and capture the most iconic pictures for the ‘Gram!
#2 Royal Twin Pagodas
Situated along the main road a 5-minute drive down the summit, the Royal Twin Pagodas are famous historical landmarks that were built in honour of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej and Queen Sirikit’s 60th birthdays. Surrounded by the lush green mountains of Doi Inthanon National Park, the majestic grandeur of these pagodas is a sight not to be missed.
#3 Wachirathan Waterfall:
As you make your way down the mountain, you will inevitably pass by the magnificent view of the massive Wachirathan Waterfall. Not only is it a great place to take breathtaking pictures, the multi-levelled waterfall is bound to shower you with its powerful spray if you stand close enough to it.
#4 Royal Project Inthanon Restaurant
To refuel the body, visitors can enjoy a well-deserved meal at Royal Project Inthanon Restaurant Chom Thong Chiang Mai, a popular restaurant for a quick stopover.
Dishes here feature fresh premium produce from the Royal Project, an initiative of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand, that aims to solve problems of deforestation, poverty and opium production by promoting alternative crops.
With all these amazing places to visit in Doi Inthanon, we hope you have been inspired to visit Thailand. For more recommendations on what to do around Thailand, visit https://tourismthailand.sg/