This is not in the city and not even close, but this is the place you must go for a day trip or even more if you have the time. The Doi Inthanon National Park is a fantastic place to visit and see some of Thailand rural area.
It is also the location of Thailand highest mountain over 2500 meter high.
Doi Inthanon National Park is a beautiful place, with beautiful flowers. On the way down, you will be able to see beautiful waterfalls too...
But it takes about 1- 2 hours from chiang mai town. If you have time, do take a trip up.
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Sirithan Waterfall has is one of the many beautiful waterfall at Doi Inthanon.
There is a 100 meters trail leading from the main road to the waterfall. The trail was nicely paved because the King visited this place about 4 years ago.
You can come up close and personal with the waterfall and the view of the waterfall from the platform is quite beautiful.
Vachiratharn Waterfall or Tad Khongyong part of Doi Inthanon is located halfway up the road to the peak of Doi Inthanon and near the Karen hill tribe village Ban Sop Had.
Vachiratharn Waterfall is about 750 m above sea level and is 70m tall waterfall and originated in Mae Klang Gully. At the waterfall there are many caves with stalactite and stalagmite.
Pha Mon Kaeo, a steep cliff lies on the opposite side.
Doi Inthanon is the highest mountain in Thailand.
It was once known as Doi Luang or Doi Ang Ka.
The park spreads from the lowlands at 800 m altitude up to the peak in 2565 m, thus covering many climatic and ecological different parts. It has 362 number of bird species and is the second largest number of any national park in Thailand.
A visit to the Karen Village, Vachiratharn Waterfall and the King and Queen Pagoda is a must when you are at Doi Inthanon.
On a clear day, the view at the summit is awesome. Just get to the King's Pagoda and you can have a bird's eye view of the area from the garden.
This is the tallest mountain in Thailand. It's well worth the trip. Got nice scenery. Can hire a taxi/limousine to go up from your hotel. Not sure it one can trek up. cos never see treks along the way. Seen a few nice waterfalls. At the mid way theres also the King's Summer palace i believe. Pretty scenic too.
A visit to the Doi Inthanon National Park was one of the nicest things about Chiang Mai. This amazing park almost 100kms west of Chiang Mai city is home to some of the most amazing waterfalls in Thailand. You need to have a head for heights and a steady foot to negotiate the steep steps that are cut into the limestone and run down the side of the waterfalls. Cooling spray refreshes your face as you finally come to stand in awe of their magnificance. Not only is this park truly beautiful but it is also on Thailands tallest mountain, a cool 2565mts above sea level and is the home to the Meo and Karen hilltribes. High above the jungle treetops stand the majestic stupas of Phra Mahathat Chedi Nophamethanidol and Phra Mahathat Noppholbhumisiri donated to the King and Queen from the Thai Airforce.
There are several waterfalls at Doi Inthanon. One of the most accessible ones for stopover is the magnificent Vachirathan Falls. Don't just stop at the big one you will see. Climb up the steps at the forested side and you will reach the higher ends where you can see more smaller cascades beyond the big waterfall. It is possible to dip your legs in the cooling waters of the smaller cascades.. but be careful, the rocks are slippery...
Everyone who goes to Northern Thailand shouldn't give this park a miss which I did during my first trip in 2001. Luckily, I manage to find time to visit it during my extended stay in Northern Thailand after my youth expedition project in 2003. Scenic views of the surrounding mountain ranges from the peak of Doi Inthanon, the highest peak in Thailand are definitely worth the journey. The King and Queen's Pagoda are also located at the peak.
So called famous Highest point in Thailand, has nothing but this Board on the picture. But during this trip from Chiang mai to Doi Inthanon (mountain), where the highest point locates, happened to visit some 4 waterfalls and all the four falls are beautiful ones. Must see those falls. Book a ticket from any agent to Doi Inthanon at Chiang mai, they will take you to these places on the way to the highest point. May cost you around 800 to 900 Bhatt on a group tour and with the afternoon lunch included.
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