Admiring Natural Heights at Doi Inthanon

Admiring Natural Heights
at Doi Inthanon

The country’s highest mountain – Doi Inthanon – is a magnificent place for those appreciating nature;
from towering waterfalls, local villages to flowering rhododendrons, the mountain is worth
visiting for a day as there are plenty of sights to admire.

WHY THIS TOUR?

Fascinating from top to bottom, the hills, mountains and valleys surrounding Chiang Mai are amongst the most sought-after natural regions in the country. The fertile grounds and countless paths and trails leading through immaculate examples of flora and fauna are seen as the summit of those with an adventure bug.

Regarded as the highest mountain in Thailand with 2565 metres above sea level, Doi Inthanon offers beautiful scenery, evergreen forests, dwarf rhododendron groves and many types of habitat. The area is also popular for bird-watching; being home to nearly 400 bird species, many from North Asia, including mountain hawks and Eurasian woodcocks.

TRAIL ITINERARY

Admiring Natural Heights at Doi Inthanon

08:30 - 16:00

The tour starts with enjoying mountainous scenery on the way up to the National Park and preserved forest that runs all the way to the peak of the mountain and offers a very cool climate all year round. The Air Force Radar Station as well as King Inthawichayanon’s stupa is located, commemorating the last king of Chiang Mai. It is known that he was concerned about the importance of forests and wanted to preserve the forests for future generations. Being attached to the area that he asked that part of his ashes be kept here and still bear a special place for the local community that live around the mountain.

Birders will certainly be pleasantly surprised about the plethora of winged habitants. Doi Inthanon is a site of unique biological interest and supports a fascinating variety of different vegetation types and a higher bird species total than any other protected area. Of the total of 382 species of birds so far known from Doi Inthanon, at least 266 species are residents or were formerly residents on the mountain. Doi Inthanon is of particular conservation importance for those species which inhabit the moist hill evergreen forests of the upper slopes.

Continue to visit Phra Mahathat Napha Methanidon and Phra Mahathat Naphaphon Phumisiri, twin pagodas were built to commemorate the fifth cycle birthdays of King Bhumibol Adulyadej and Queen Sirikit. The pagodas enshrine Lord Buddha’s ashes and Buddha images, and overlook the magnificent scenery of Doi Inthanon.

Then continue to visit Karen hill tribe village and the Royal Project, where lunch will be served. Enjoy a short walk to visit Wachirathan Waterfall before we head back to Chiang Mai.  If time permits, we stop a local hill tribe village and a temple, containing holy relics in the small town of Chom Thong.

We expect to be back at your hotel at around 4 pm.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

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INCLUSIONS

  • A full day tour with a professional English-speaking guide. Other languages are on request and may be subject to supplementary charges
  • Transportation by air-conditioned vehicle with professional driver
  • All entrance fees for visits as mentioned in the description
  • All applicable taxes and service charges
  • Lunch at a local restaurant is included (food only)

EXCLUSIONS

  • Personal expenses such as meals, drinks, tips and gratuities, shopping, portage fees and optional tours, unless otherwise stated
  • Hotel accommodation in the destination of commencement.
  • Compulsory Christmas, country-specific festival and/or New Year dinner at included hotels
  • Single supplement charges for single travelers, where applicable
  • Any airline tickets, visa fees, additional transportation cost from and to the general meeting point
  • Supplements for transfers for customers arriving or departing from any airport or resorts located outside the general pick-up and drop-off locations
  • Hotel expenses of a personal nature, should an overnight be included: this includes mini-bar consumption, laundry, room service, any telephone or other communication cost not mentioned in the program
  • Travel insurance coverage for customers (highly recommendable)

GOOD TO KNOW

  • This tour is operated on full private basis with English-speaking guide. Other languages are on request / subject to availability and supplementary charges may apply
  • Transfers are only operated within the downtown Chiang Mai areas and restricted to main hotels only. Regions outside the central business district such as Mae Rim, Hang Dong, Doi Saket, Mae Taeng and Chiang Mai International Airport are excluded and supplementary charges apply
  • We will do all possible to comply with any dietary requirements during this excursion; it may not always be possible to confirm your wishes in advance based on the choice of local restaurant.
  • Due to the nature of this tour, we regret to inform you that this excursion is not suitable for wheelchair users. Guests are advised that some walking is required during this excursion; we always ensure that we take the most comfortable ways from the entrance of the sight to the sight itself.
  • We always will make efforts to confirm the exact pick-up time upon reservation. For any operational issues in which are not able to confirm the exact pick-up time in advance, we reserve the right to inform you the day before the departure of the tour.
  • Please note pickup and drop-off services may not be confirmed for customers staying at private residences, apartment complexes, or other non-registered tourism accommodations. Customers may be asked to meet at a nearby hotel for pick-up and drop off.
  • Natural elements of any kind have a destructive effect on electronic equipment. It is the customer’s own responsibility to ensure that any camera, mobile telephone or other device is properly wrapped and protected against these elements. We cannot be held responsible in any way for negligence and/or not following suggestions for any damage related to this.
  • Please ensure that you bring sunglasses, a hat /cap and sunblock with a high SPF factor when traveling with us on this tour – even when it is cloudy, the sunrays still have an immense power.
  • We reserve the right to make necessary changes to the excursion in case of unfavourable weather conditions or situations where we are forced to make alterations to guarantee the safety of our guests.
  • The protection of the country’s flora and fauna is of immense importance for us. We will not pursue any activities for guests that are not in line with our animal, wildlife and environment protection principles.
  • It is the responsibility of the customer to provide us with the correct hotel information, should pick-up and drop-off services be included in the package. Any changes in accommodation outside 24 hours will be handled accordingly: changes within 24 hours may be on request.
  • In the event of no-show or change of accommodation without prior consent and confirmation from us within 24 hours may result in the applicable cancellation charges as outlined in the terms and conditions.
  • We recommend bringing a light jacket / sweater with you on this tour as part of this excursion brings customers high up in the mountains, where the average temperatures can drop to lower levels.

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