Chiang Mai | Thailand

Doi Inthanon National Park

Thailand Tour 2013

Chiang Mai | Thailand

18 Nov 2013 | Mon

Day 33 of 43

  • San Patong Buffalo Saturday Market Chiang Mai
  • Doi Inthanon National Park
  • Highest Spot in Thailand
  • Doi Inthanon Park Center
  • Ang Ka Nature Trail
  • Doi Inthanon Helicopter Crash Site
  • Doi Inthanon Royal Twin Pagodas
  • Doi Inthanon Trekking Waterfalls Karen Coffee Farm
  • Doi Inthanon Wachirathan Waterfall

Doi Inthanon National Park

Doi Inthanon National Park is one of Thailand’s most beautiful and interesting places to visit. Located in northern Thailand near the border with Burma, it is home to lush green forests, spectacular waterfalls, majestic mountains, and a variety of wildlife. The park was established in 1972 and today covers an area of 482 square kilometers. Visitors can explore the various trails that lead through the park, marvel at its breathtaking views, or observe its many unusual plants and animals.

Highest Peak in Thailand | Doi Inthanon National Park

Doi Inthanon (Thai: ดอยอินทนนท์, pronounced [dɔ̄ːj ʔīn.tʰā.nōn]) is the highest mountain in Thailand. It is in Chom Thong District, Chiang Mai Province. This mountain is an ultra prominent peak, known in the past as Doi Luang (‘big mountain’) or Doi Ang Ga, meaning the ‘crow’s pond top’. Near the mountain’s base was a pond where many crows gathered. The name Doi Inthanon was given in honour of Inthawichayanon, last King of Chiang Mai, who was concerned about the forests in the north and tried to preserve them. He ordered that, after his death, his remains be interred at Doi Luang, which was then renamed in his honour.

Today, the summit of Doi Inthanon is a popular tourist destination for both foreign and Thai tourists, with a peak of 12,000 visitors visiting the summit on New Year’s Day. In addition to a range of tourist facilities on the summit, there is also a Royal Thai Air Force weather radar station at the summit and the Thai National Observatory (TNO) at km44.

– Wikipedia Doi Inthanon

Highest Spot in Thailand

The centerpiece of Doi Inthanon National Park is its highest peak – Doi Inthanon mountain which stands 2,565 meters high. From here visitors can take in panoramic views across the surrounding countryside or hike up higher for even more impressive sights.

Doi Inthanon Park Center

Ang Ka Nature Trail

Ang Ka Nature Trail is a 1.4 kilometer walking trail that winds through the stunning landscape of northern Thailand. Boasting vibrant greenery and diverse wildlife, this trail is sure to delight nature enthusiasts.

Ang Ka Nature Trail

The trail features a variety of flora and fauna, including rare species native to the region. Along the path visitors can spot vibrant Rhododendrons in full bloom and colorful wild birds fluttering in trees overhead. The wetland areas are filled with lush Sphagnum moss, providing vital habitat for many local species.

This scenic nature walk also offers breathtaking views of mountainous terrain, surrounding valleys and distant villages; making it an ideal destination for anyone seeking respite from urban life or simply looking to explore the great outdoors. For those interested in exploring Ang Ka Nature Trail there are guided tours available at different times throughout the year.

Doi Inthanon Helicopter Crash Site

While walking along Ang Ka Nature Trail, we came across a memorial shrine dedicated to the lives lost in a helicopter crash in the 1970s. From what I have found online, it is referred to as the Shrine of Chao Krom Kiat. Air Chief Marshal Kiat Mangkhlapruek and Doi Inthanon’s first park director (could not find his name), died at this spot in 1971.

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