Doi Inthanon the wonderful place for nature lovers

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Doi Inthanon is a must place to visit if you are going to Chiang Mai. On this tour you can cool off on Thailand’s highest peak while taking in the beautiful scenic Doi Inthanon National Park.

Located in Chiang Mai Province, Inthanon National Park encompasses the highest mountain In Thailand, Doi Inthanon, as well as several lesser summits. The doi (mountain) is largely a granite batholith intruding a southerly extension of the Shan Hills range and forming the divide between the Nam Mae Ping river to the east and the Nam Mae Chaem river to the west. Lower elevations in the most easterly pant of the park are limestone formations and contain a number of caves.

A winding route to the top of the mountain passes terraced rice paddies and small villages, and also provides some good wildlife-spotting opportunities along the way – barking deer, macaques, flying squirrels and rare Asiatic black bears live among the mountains.

Today, the national park and the summit of Doi Inthanon, with an elevation of 2,565 m, is a highly popular tourist spot in north Thailand among foreigners as well as locals.

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doi inthanon, inthanon national park, doi inthanon national park, inhanon

Doi Inthanon is a true jewel of natural beauty, consisting of rugged mountainous terrain blanketed by lush tropical forests and dotted with mighty rivers and majestic waterfalls. The park’s protected status makes it a sanctuary for a wide range of animal species and it is perhaps the best place in Thailand for bird watching. Approximately 362 different species of bird make their home in Doi Inthanon National Park, many of which are not found anywhere else in Thailand.

The high elevation and abundance of water have blessed Doi Inthanon with a rich biodiversity that is unique in Thailand. Its lush forests include Moist Evergreen, Pine Forest and Mixed Deciduous. At the base of the mountains cleared agricultural land is interspersed with deciduous trees, which lose their leaves at the coming of the dry season. At higher elevations the deciduous forests give way to large swathes of tropical evergreen, which maintain their emerald hue all year round. Doi Inthanon is home to a large and colourful array of flowers, as well. Vanda Orchids, Phycastylis and Rhododendron can be found growing wild all over the park. Doi Inthanon National Park is also home to a wide variety of animal species. Although many of the large animals are no longer found in the park it is still home to a number of different species. Asiatic Black Bears, Barking Deer and Chinese Flying Squirrels can be seen, living alongside a large variety of primates including Gibbons, Macaques, Leaf Monkeys and over 30 species of bats. Doi Inthanon is also the best locale in Thailand for bird watching, with over 300 different species making their homes among the trees.

doi inthanon, inthanon national park, doi inthanon national park, inhanon
doi inthanon, inthanon national park, doi inthanon national park, inhanon

Attractions of Doi Inthanon :

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Doi Inthanon Summit : Almost at the top of the mountain the road will terminate at a car park from here it is a short 5 minute walk to Thailand’s highest point and the true peak of Doi Inthanon. There is a large sign marking this posit and having your picture taken under this seems to be the most popular activity. The peak is still well forested so there are no views from this point, you will get better views a bit further down the mountain and the Royal Pagodas.

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Ang Ka Luang : Ang Ka Luang Nature Trail was surveyed and designed by Mr. Michael MacMillan Walls, a Canadian volunteer biologist who devoted to his work and died from a heart attack on this mountain. This trail is 360 metres long, passing through wet and cold areas in a lush valley.  Forest above 2,000 metres is covered with lichens and wild orchids.   Indigenous plants that needs a high level of nutrition, organic deposits, and rare species of birds are seen along the trail.

doi inthanon, inthanon national park, doi inthanon national park, inhanon
doi inthanon, inthanon national park, doi inthanon national park, inhanon

Birdwatching : Birdwatching (Birdwatching Information Centre (Uncle Daeng’s Shop) is at km31). This is a bird information exchange centre for bird watchers, nature students and the general public. The information details the habitat and food of birds and animals living on Doi Inthanon. The aim is to pass on this knowledge to the next generation. It also provides the Doi Inthanon Birdwatching Diary, bird sketches by various artists, bird watching trails, bird pictures, and slides. Winter is the best time for bird watching when indigenous and migrant birds are found including Eurasian Woodcock, White Wagtail, Grey Wagtail, Yellow Wagtail, Citrine Wagtail, Forest Wagtail, Chestnut Thrush, Scarlet Finch, Little Bunting, and Crested Bunting.

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Kaew Mae Pan Nature Trail : Trekking through the green forest with the fresh air is very pleasant here. The total distant is about 2.5 – 3 kilometers. It will take about 2 – 3 hours all the whole way. You will enjoy the walk and the beautiful nature of trees , ferns , waterfall and more. From the green forest, soon you will get into the big open space with the lovely view of the mountains and the cool breeze of the view points. Over look view as the birds’re fling in the sky. On the walk way , the trail will lead you along side of the mountains area through Alpine Savanna. You may be lucky and have a chance to see Mainland Sero and Goral climb on the cliff. See the twin rocks of Kew Mae Pan with the lovely view for photos before walking back through the trail in the forest again to the parking

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Phra Mahathat Naphamethanidon and Nophamethanidon : Two Chedis on the main road 5 km wouth from the top of the main summit of Doi Inthanon. Naphamethinidon, meaning ‘by the strength of the land and air’ was build in 1987 to honour 60th birthday aniversary of King Bhumibol Adulyadej. Naphaphonphumisiri, meaning ‘being the strength of the air and the grace of the land’ was build in 1992 to honour 60th birthday anniversary of Queen Sirikit. The pagodas enshrine Lord Buddha’s ashes and Buddha images, and overlook the scenery of Doi Inthanon.

Park Headquarters & Main Campsite :

Doi Inthanon HQ is situated at km 30.8 near the Ban Khun Klang village of Hmong (Meo) tribe. 500 meters west from the HQ there is a market with few r