A National Park since 1954, the Doi Inthanon is about 110 km from Chiang Mai and formed by a chain of mountains that includes the country’s highest peak, which rises 2,565 metres above sea level.
This nature reserve is part of the easternmost Himalayas. It is a cool, humid area covered with dense forestland and numerous waterfalls.
Check the weather conditions before leaving Chiang Mai, especially during the cool season, January and February.
It stretches over an area of 482 square kilometres covered mainly by evergreen and coniferous forests as well as wildflowers. The water reserves that run off its slopes feed many rivers throughout the year, including the Ping River that flows through Chiang Mai.
On the way to the top, at km 41, there are two twin pagodas. Both temples were built to commemorate the 60th birthdays of King Bhumibol Rama IX and Queen Sirikit, in 1987 and 1992 respectively.
And just behind them lie gardens of great beauty that are truly worth a stroll.
Due to the altitude, it is cool and humid all year round. It is very pleasant in summer and although it can be visited throughout the year, it should be remembered that in winter temperatures can drop below zero.
Due to hunting and widespread deforestation, wildlife is scarce and therefore difficult to see.
It is an outing that requires at least a full day, highly recommendable in those months when the heat is oppressive; you will certainly appreciate the relief provided by the altitude; also when travelling with children and for those who especially enjoy Nature. Road access is good.
Remember, before leaving Chiang Mai, make sure you check the weather conditions, which can be radically different from the weather in Chiang Mai, not only so you wear the right clothes, but also because outdoor activities changes in the rain or fog and you would have to adapt the excursion.