The weather at the peak of the mountain is cold and clouded with mist all year round and the temperature never exceeding 17º C.
Doi Inthanon National Park
The views from Doi Inthanon are best in the cool dry season from November to February. But don’t expect a rewarding view from the summit, as for most of the year a mist, formed by the condensation of warm humid air below, hangs around the top of the mountain creating an eerie effect. You can expect the air to be quite chilly towards the top, so take a jacket or sweater.
Things To Do in Doi Inthanon National Park
Formerly, Doi Inthanon was called ‘Doi Luang’. It was later changed according to the name of the last ruler of Nakorn Chiang Mai, Phra Chao Inthawichayanon. Before he died he ordered that his remain be kept as a shrine on the peak of Doi Inthanon.
Surrounding these pagodas is a beautiful flower garden. The park is one of the top destinations in Southeast Asia for naturalists and birdwatchers. The mist-shrouded upper slopes produce abundant orchids, lichens, mosses, and epiphytes while supporting nearly 400 bird species, more than any other habitat in Thailand. Most of the park’s bird species are found between 1500m and 2000m; the best birdwatching season is from February to April.
Pagodas Pra Mahathart Napamaythaneedol Chedi and Pra Mahathart Napapoommisiri
Read Kew Mae Pan Natural Trail, at Doi Inthanon National Park.
The highlight of this well-maintained trail is a clear viewing area overlooking the magnificent mountains view. If the weather is not foggy, that could be an unforgettable life experience.
Wachiratan Waterfall (at Km20.8), is the biggest waterfall with the falls cascaded and tumbled some 50 meters. There is a market close to the waterfall where you can buy delicious fresh fruit, candies, dried fruits, various nuts, etc. There are also restaurants and a coffee shop in the area that serve tasty Thai food and drink at very reasonable prices.
Mae Ya Waterfall
Getting to Doi Inthanon from Chiang Mai
Since it is the most popular tourist destination in Chiang Mai, you can ask any tour agency in Chiang Mai for a day tour package which will include a visit to the mountain and waterfalls. The price is around 1,000 baht or more, depends on the car they use. The park entrance fee of 300 baht is included, some even with lunch provided.
If you are doing the Mae Hong Son Loop road-trip, you may want to add this national park into your itinerary.
Read The Mae Hong Son Loop Road-Trip, Complete Guide 2019.
Road to Doi Inthanon
Or, if you have a group of people to split the costs, you can hire a minivan (with a driver, of course) to drive you there. Tip the driver as he can be your tour guide too.
Yellow Songthaew Chiang Mai – Chom Thong
Camping at Doi Inthanon
The campsite comes with facilities such as bathroom equipped with hot-shower and power socket to charge your phone. Restaurants and markets for your meal are just within walking distance away.
Advanced booking is advised during high season as Doi Inthanon is a popular destination for both Thais and foreigners. Reservation can be done through their official website http://nps.dnp.go.th (available in English).
Camping at Doi Inthanon