Doi Inthanon - The highest spot in Thailand
Located within Doi Inthanon National Park sits Thailand’s tallest peak. Surrounded by lush mountains, caves and limestone formations, the journey to the top is almost as beautiful as the peak itself. The park is so stunning in fact that King Inthawichayanon demanded that his remains be buried at the top after his death. From pines, lichens and fern to a “cloud forest”, orchids and rhododendron, Doi Inthanon is lush and filled with natural beauty.
What to See/Do at Doi Inthanon
- Check Out The Waterfalls
A fantastic way to cool off in the Thai heat, take the trail to the easily accessible Mae Klang Waterfall or Vachiratharn Waterfall for a swim. For those looking for an amazing photo, check out Mae Ya Waterfall, said to be the highest in the country.
- Take a Nature Walk
Signs around the park will lead to various nature walks to help visitors better explore the surroundings. Take the trail across from the ranger station to reach the sphagnum bog or the Gew Mae Pan trail for one of the most beautiful stretches of the mountain.
- Watch The Birds
Home to over 300 species of bird, the Doi Inthanon area is regarded as holding the largest population in all of Thailand. Bring some binoculars if you want to see the Yellow-bellied Flowerpecker, Chestnut-bellied Rockthrush and Green-tailed Sunbird.
- Visit the two chedis
On the main road a few kilometers before reaching the summit of Doi Inthanon stand two adjacent chedis, one 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 honour the 60th birthday anniversary of King Bhumibol Adulyadej in 1987, and the 60th birthday anniversary of Queen Sirikit in 1992, respectively.
- Wander Around The Summit
When you see this sign you’re at the top! This is the highest you have been on foot in the whole country…
Food stalls and accommodations around Doi Inthanon are abundant and overnight trips are easily had. Campsites are available in the park and tents for two can be rented at the headquarters. There is provided fire wood and blankets for rent, however, there are no sleeping bags or mats. For those looking for a less outdoorsy experience, there are hotels and guesthouses situated throughout the surrounding area.
Getting to Doi Inthanon
Travelers can choose between taking a guided tour to Doi Inthanon or renting their own motorbike or car. Tours can be booked from official tour companies or through hotels and vehicles can be rented from various establishments around the city.
Doi Inthanon can be visited all year round. However, May through November is the best time if you want to view waterfalls. Flowers are most beautiful from December through February and the bird viewing is best from November through March.
The park is open from 8am until sunset and the price is 300 Baht for foreigners and an additional 30 Baht fee for the vehicle.
The park can be contacted at +66 53286730.