BY Guinness Bear

Top 10 Doi Inthanon Mountain Attractions in Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai is one of the most beautiful areas in Thailand. And if you are traveling through the area, you simply have to visit the most stunning natural spots 🧔 

Doi Inthanon Mountain in 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 in Chiang Mai should be at the top of your list of Chiang Mai attractions. 

Enjoy the following top 10 attractions 🏆 to discover the Doi Inthanon mountains and all their treasures. 

 

#10 - Pha Dok Siew Waterfall

The Pha Dok Siew waterfall is located on a 2.6Km long trail from the main road and ends at the Mae Klang Luang village. Halfway through the trail, you will come across this magnificent multi-tier waterfall 🧔 The Pha Dok Siew Waterfall is the Mae Klang river that cascades down the Doi Inthanon National Park. It joins the Ping river and has many other waterfalls in different parts. The Pha Dok Siew nature trail that leads you to the waterfall and Doi Inthanon mountain is off the beaten track and is full of nature. 

If you plan to summit Doi Inthanon, make sure you don't miss this trial 🏅

 

#9 - Maeya Falls

Mae Ya 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 ten most beautiful waterfalls in Thailand. 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 🥇

 

#8 - Mae Klang Waterfall

Doi Inthanon Mountain in Chiang Mai is not only a famous national park but also the source of many waterfalls nearby. One of which is Mae Klang Fall where water comes down from the rift of the mountain before it reaches the 100 meter-high Mae Klang Waterfall. The fall is perfect for picnicking and relaxing 🧔 as there’s enough water to enjoy swimming or just watching Mother Nature. 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 8km from the T-junction at Doi Inthanon. 

 

#7 - Wachiratan waterfall

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 🥇 near the entrance. 

 

#6 - Siritan Falls

Not far from Wachiratan falls towards Doi Suthep, you will find the entrance of Siritan falls that takes another 100 meters' 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. 

 

5# - Baan Mae Klang Luang

Baan Mae Klang Luang is situated on the way to Doi Inthanon at KM 26.5, just before reaching its peak 🧔. A view of the terraced hillside of this village is beautifully filled with paddy fields, perfect for photo opportunities. 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. There are a number of natural trails near this village such as the Doi Hua Sua route, Huay Nam Khun bird-watching route, and Pha Siew waterfall route. These nature trails lead to the summit of Doi Inthanon mountain. 

If you plan to stay here for a night or two there is an option of homestay and camping. After spending a day here you will certainly fall in love with the natural beauty of this village 🏅

 

#4 - Royal Agricultural Station – Inthanon

The Royal Agricultural Station was established by His Majesty the King Bhumibol Adulyadej. The project aims to improve and develop the living situation of the hill tribes 🧔 The Project helps hill tribes to grow new alternative crops as a substitute for opium for a positive effect on farming. 

They also research crop development and plants of mild weathers ranging from coffee, flowers, hydroponic vegetables, 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 in Chiang Mai 🥇

 

#3 - 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 in Chiang Mai where you will find two Chedis 🧔 One is called Naphamethinidon, meaning 'by the strength of the land and air'. The other is 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 🏅 

 

#2 - 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 to grow 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 🥇

 

#1 - The Summit of Doi Inthanon in Chiang Mai

Thailand’s highest peak is Doi Inthanon, with a summit that measures 2565m above sea level. 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.

On the summit of Doi Inthanon, you will find the stupa of Phra Chao Inthawichayanon. Phra Chao 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 in 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 🏆

 

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. Trek the natural trails of Doi Inthanon National Park to explore the beauty of this one-of-a-kind place. 

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