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Visit Doi Inthanon (Chiang Mai)

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Doi Inthanon

Thai name : อุทยานแห่งชาติดอยอินทนนท์

GPS : 18.590189, 98.485501 (See on the map)
Chiang Mai

Presentation

Culminating at 2565 meters, Doi Inthanon is the highest mountain in Thailand so it is sometimes nicknamed the ''rooftop of Thailand''. The Doi Inthanon National Park covers an area of ??482 square kilometers and contains many waterfalls (Wachirathan waterfall, Mae Klang waterfall, Mae Pan waterfall ect ...). There is a wide variety of animal species especially birds and beautiful flowers but also mountain villages, crop fields including the beautiful rice field terraces in Baan Pa Pong Piang. Doi Inthanon is one of the most popular destinations in the province of Chiang Mai for treks. I recommend you to go on Ang Ka trail and its 360 meters bridge over a marsh.

Close to the top of the peak, there are two pagodas : Phra Mahathat Napha Methanidon and Phra Mahathat Naphaphon Bhumisiri built to commemorate the 5th cycle anniversary of King Bhumibol Adulyadej and Queen Sirikit. Installed on two neighboring peaks, the two pagodas house relics of Lord Buddha.

Doi Inthanon is located 58 kilometers west of Chiang Mai. Take some sweater when you go there, temperatures can be cold !

Practical information about Doi Inthanon

National Park entrance fee: 300 THB (adult) / 150 THB (child) and 30 THB for the car
Entrance fee to Phra Mahathat Napha Methanidon and Phra Mahathat Naphaphon Bhumisiri: 40 THB The most convenient way to come to Doi Inthanon from Chiang Mai is by having your own vehicle and therefore to rent a car or scooter. You can also hire a songthaew (red car) for the day but it should cost you around 3000 baht. If you like adventure, you can try taking the red songthaews connecting Chiang Mai to Chom Thong and there change to another songthaew (yellow, I think) operating between Chom Thong and Mae Klang Waterfall (50 THB) or the top (100THB) but the journey will be very long, a lot less expensive but very long ! Otherwise most agencies offer tours by minivan with English speaking guide to take you discover Doi Inthanon.
It is possible to stay overnight at Doi Inthanon by camping (tent rental from 60 THB) or renting a bungalow from 1500 THB per night (online reservation on the site DNP) .

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Rules to respect when visiting a temple

Doi Inthanon is a temple and when you visit a temple in Thailand there are some rules to know and follow :

  • Dress properly (knees and shoulders should be covered)
  • Take off your shoes when entering the buildings
  • Be quiet
  • Don't hug or kiss
  • Don't point your feet to Buddha's image
  • Don't smoke

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