Doi Inthanon Mountain Chiang Mai is the tallest peak in Thailand, but there is so much more to this stunning place that meets the eye.
From mesmerizing waterfalls and conservation centers to viewpoints, summits, and temples, Doi Inthanon Mountain Chiang Mai should be at the top of your list of Chiang Mai attractions that you need to visit while you are here on holiday. Please enjoy our guide to discovering Doi Inthanon mountains and all its treasures.
Maeya Falls – Doi Inthanon Mountain Chiang Mai
MaeYa Fall is situated inside the national park, located at Km.1 on Highway 1009 915 km. (15 km. away from the entrance). The fall is one of the largest and one of the 10 most beautiful waterfalls in Thailand. In fact, it was acclaimed as the most beautiful fall before Teelorsu Fall was discovered. The 250-meter high curtain of water falling down from the highest point makes it breathtakingly beautiful. There are many restaurants nearby, restrooms and parking spaces available for visitors. Make sure you bring a camera along as you can sometimes catch a rainbow in the falls!
Doi Inthanon Mountain Chiang Mai is not only a famous national park but also the source of many waterfalls nearby, one of which is Maeklang Fall where water comes down from the rift of the mountain before it reaches the 100 meter-high Maeklang Waterfall. The fall is perfect for picnicking and relaxing as there’s enough water to enjoy swimming or just watching Mother Nature at work all year round. From the parking space, it takes another 500 meters to reach the falls. Near the parking space, there’re stalls for food and beverages available for visitors. The fall is located at 8km from the T-junction at Doi Inthanon.
Wachiratan waterfall – Doi Inthanon Mountain Chiang Mai
Wachiratan Waterfall is located at Km 20, 500 meters away from the highway where visitors can see these majestic 750-meter-high falls. The falls are undoubtedly massive in size, causing a mist of water to encapsulate the surroundings. For those who are lucky enough, you will be able to see a rainbow across the falls. There are also food and beverage stalls available for visitors located near to the car park at the entrance.
Not far from Wachiratan falls towards Doi Suthep, you will find the entrance of Siritan falls that takes another 100 meters to walk to reach. This 2-tier waterfall is 50 meters in height with enough water all year round. The perfect spot to grab the camera for some photos is at the wooden veranda built next to the falls. The falls have been graciously named after HM the Queen Sirikit.
Baan Maeklang Luang
Baan Mae Klang Luang is situated on the way to Doi Inthanon Mountain Chiang Mai at KM 26.5, just before reaching its peak. A view of the terraced hillside of this village is beautifully filled with paddy fields, so magnificent that the tourists cannot resist to get a full view or to take photos of the awesome scenery. From September to October, the scenery is so green from the paddy fields, although during October and November is when the rice turns into a golden color.
Royal Agricultural Station – Doi Inthanon Mountain Chiang Mai
The former Inthanon Research Station (now the Royal Agricultural Station Inthanon) is under the Royal Project established by the royal desire of His Majesty the King Bhumibol Adulyadej to improve and develop the living situation of the hill tribes. The Project supports the hill tribes to grow new alternative crops as a substitute for opium and to have permanent agricultural land instead of slash-and-burn farming as a trick to prevent destroying the forest.
They also research crop development and plants of mild weathers ranging from coffee, flowers, hydroponic vegetable, and species of fern from around the world. The Research Station has become a popular tourist site where a lot of them come and enjoy the wonderful scenery of various kinds of flowers, fruits, and vegetables. There are also restaurants and accommodation for visitors located near the station, which is easily one of the most popular places at Doi Inthanon Mountain Chiang Mai.
Wat Phra that Doi Inthanon
Built by the Royal Thai Air Force and Thai people, Wat Phra that Doi Inthanon is located on the main road to the summit of Doi Inthanon Mountain Chiang Mai where you will find two Chedis neat to each other. One is called Naphamethinidon, meaning ‘by the strength of the land and air’, and the other, Naphaphonphumisiri, meaning ‘being the strength of the air and the grace of the land’. These temples were built to honor the 60th birthday anniversary of His Majesty the King Bhumibol Adulyadej in 1987 and the 60th birthday anniversary of Queen Sirikit in 1992, respectively. Inside the inner section are the beautiful orchards and the lofty viewpoint.
Kew Mae Pan Nature Trail
Kew Mae Pan Nature Trail is heaven on earth situated inside Doi Inthanon, thanks to its breathtakingly beautiful scenery. Admittedly, Kew Mae Pan Trail is also one of the most beautiful tourist attractions in Chiang Mai. For many, Kew Mae Pan is an educative natural trail, which covers approximately 3km, 2000 meters high above sea level. The first stage of the trail is a rainforest full of moss and ferns, competing with each other growing towards the sunlight. After passing through the thickest of the forest, you will enter into a large field, which changes color from green in the rainy season to beautiful golden brown in the dry season.
When continuing walking through the mountain ridge, you will see lots of big and beautiful ‘Thousand-year red roses’ along the cliff. They bloom in the first month of the year and last until March. This particular type of rose is well known and is a highlight of Kew Mae Pan Trail. After that, you will be far from exhaustion since the beautiful scenery will draw your attention with its beautiful surroundings.
The summit of Doi Inthanon Mountain Chiang Mai
Thailand’s highest peak is Doi Inthanon, with a summit that measures 2565m above sea level, which is an impressive altitude for the country. The weather is usually cold all year round. The 360-meter-long wooden path offers visitors a chance to walk through and watch the beautiful scenery of both sides, filled with many species of moss. On the summit of Doi Inthanon, you will find the stupa of Phra Chao Inthawichayanon, who was King of Chiang Mai and Ruler of Lannathai from 1870 until his death in 1897.
Chiang Mai is one of the most naturally stunning holiday destinations in Thailand and with Doi Inthanon Mountain Chiang Mai, you have one of the most impressive holiday attractions in North-Eastern Thailand. Doi Inthanon is so much more than just a mountain range, and with so many waterfalls and other Chiang Mai attractions, there is so much to see and do that you can spend a day or two in the mountains.
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