One of my favorite things to do to stay active while traveling is to go trekking or hiking through one of the countries national parks.  Not only do you get to see incredible landscapes and scenery but you also learn about local culture through visiting smaller communities.  Doi Inthanon National Park is a must-do trekking experience while in Chiang Mai, Thailand.  There are many ways you can see this park. You could hire a private driver, go on your own via a motorbike or hire a local tour operator.  I had the opportunity to go with Stay in Chiang Mai, a local tour operator, and they provided a relaxed and hassle-free trip to do some trekking in Doi Inthanon National Park.

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Chiang Mai is one of the most incredible cities I have had the fortune of spending time in.  It’s got all the feels of a big city with anything you need but a small town feel that lets you get to know lots of people in a short amount of time.  If you are a traveler and you’re looking for a place to settling for a few months, I would highly recommend Chiang Mai in Northern Thailand.  When you get a bit bored of the small city life, there is plenty to see, do and experience outside around the mountains.  The views are amazing, food is delicious and the people are full of friendly smiles.  I love to stay active and was really looking forward to getting off the motorbike and doing some walking around the highest point of Thailand!

 

Top Things To See In Doi Inthanon National Park

The day began early, around 7am, with a pickup from my guest house.  After traveling for around 2 hours we arrived at the top of Doi Inthanon National Park.

  1. Highest Spot In Thailand

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The highest point in Thailand is at the top of Doi Inthanon at a height of 2,565m (8,415ft) and is named after one of the last King’s of Chiang Mai, Inthawichayanon who was concerned about the forests in the North and wanted to preserve them.  One if his last orders before dying was to have his remains kept at Doi Luang, which was then renamed in his honor. Grab a photo under the sign, take some photos if it is a clear day and then head to the pagodas!

2. King & Queen Pagodas

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The King & Queen Pagodas are another highlight of Doi Inthanon National Park and are usually the photos used to promote the mountain as they stand out with the beautiful surrounding scenery. They were built by the Royal Thai Air Force in 1987 and 1992 to commemorate the King’s and Queen’s 60th birthdays.  The surrounding gardens are beautiful and worth walking around.

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Helpful Tip:
Both temples are very similar.  If you are pressed for time, visit 1 of them and spend some time taking photos of the area. I decided to spend most of my time at the Queen Pagoda and there was a lovely park to walk around and take some photos of the mountains. 

3. Trekking around waterfalls

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One of the highlights for me was getting out and doing some light trekking around the mountain.  With our tour guide, a local villager from the Karen tribe, we were able to get up close to some incredible waterfalls without anyone else around.  You really realize the power of nature when you get up close to a waterfall.  We saw a few waterfalls on our walk and each one was gorgeous and made a great backdrop for some photography.

Trekking in Doi Inthanon National Park

The trekking certainly wasn’t difficult but get me out walking around beautiful nature and some incredible views of the surrounding vegetable plantations and mountains.  In total we walked 3.2km that took us from where we parked the van to the small village where our local tour guide lived. When we arrived, we got to drink some local coffee and enjoy a short break before heading back to Chiang Mai.

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Trekking in Chiang Mai was a great experience and one not to be missed if you have a free day to explore.  It is easy to do and gives you a nice perspective on the region.  I love hiking in countries that I visit and have always enjoyed nature since I was really young.  There is something about being outside, using your fitness and exploring the world on top of mountains that draws me in every time!

 

Tips for Doi Inthanon National Park

Here are some of my top tips for your trip to Doi Inthanon National Park:

  1. Bring a sweater and a pair of long pants.  There are moments where it is a bit chilly at the top of the mountain.  On the day I went, it was 9C, not freezing by all means but definitely worth having a long sleeved shirt or light jacket.  There is no need to prepare for Winter, as it isn’t that cold but you be the judge of what you need to bring with you.
  2. Wear walkable shoes. The trekking definitely requires something more than sandels or flipflops.  A pair of sneakers or light, casual closed toe shoes is plenty and all that you really need.  Depending on the season, it might be wet so just know that when considering what you will bring.
  3. Use a tour company like Stay in Chiang Mai to make it easy, stress-free and relaxed.

 

Visiting Doi Inthanon was a highlight of my experience in Chiang Mai.  It should be on your list if you like the outdoors, enjoy a bit of adventure and love the feeling of being in nature with breathtaking scenery. If you’re interested in doing the same trekking in Doi Inthanon National Park, follow the link and they will set you up for a great day!

 

OTHER GREAT BLOG POSTS ABOUT TREKKING IN DOI INTHANON NATIONAL PARK:

1. A Perfect Chiang Mai Day Trip Destination by Yoga Wine Travel

2. Road Trip To Thailand’s Highest Mountain by The Blond Travels

 


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Tim Gascoigne is a Canadian, full-time traveler/nomad who has found a love of fitness and how to combine this with living a life of purpose and freedom.  Tim writes at One Fit Nomad and shares content on Instagram, Pinterest & Twitter.  Crossfit is his favorite form of fitness and he likes to write about how you can live the life you want while being the best version of yourself.  Tim has been a fulltime teacher in schools in Canada, Beijing & Malaysia for 10 years and is currently taking time off to see the world & hopefully create meaning for others.

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  1. Hi Tim! Great post about Doi Inthanon – it truly is an incredible place to visit to get away from the crowds. Thanks for linking to my guide to the park, much appreciated!

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