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1 day Doi Inthanon

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  • Post last modified:December 11, 2023

The highest mountain peak in Thailand is “Doi Inthanon.” The summit is at an elevation of 2,565 meters (8,415 feet) above sea level. It’s 100 kilometers from Chiang Mai city and takes about 2 hours to drive there. The weather is cooling all season.

It’s quite crowded with tourists, and there are other activities inserted throughout the high season. Please travel mid-week to avoid this problem.

Dec 2023

When visiting Chiang Mai, I recommend including this trip on your bucket list. It could be a one-day excursion or a two-day excursion. It’s a fantastic and beautiful natural scene.

The road is quite steep up and down, and too many Thai tourists visit in December and January. Avoid this situation and hire a professional driver to accompany you.

I enjoy coming here during the Green Season, which runs from June to October and is very peaceful. We don’t rush, and we take our time to enjoy a relaxing day.


A full-day tour to Doi Inthanon National Park provides panoramic views of Northern Thailand’s mountains. Visit a local market of the Hmong hill tribe and explore the waterfalls. Bring a light jacket with you because the mountain top is cool and the weather changes frequently.

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Doi Inthanon: Kew Mae Pan nature trail.
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Doi Inthanon: The temperature was lower in January.

This activity is an example of a one-day trip to the mountains and back. You can drive this route in your car, but you’ll need to be skilled at driving on a mountain road that twists and turns, is steep, and has a large crowd gathered outside.

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Doi Inthanon: Get panoramic views of the mountains.
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Doi Inthanon: Views of the King Pagoda

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Doi Inthanon: Tropical rain forest @ 2,565 m above sea level

Doi Inthanon: Wachiratharn Waterfall

Visit Attractions:

  • Thailand’s highest spot is 2,565 m.
  • A tropical forest and a jungle boardwalk trek
  • Twin Stupas and a beautiful garden
  • The Royal Agricultural Research Center
  • Hmong hill tribe market
  • Karen hill tribe village
  • Wachirathan Waterfall (pronounced “wah-chee-rah-tarn”)

Kew Mae Pan is a nature trail that can be walked for 2 hours. It will be closed for conservation and reactivation from June to October each year.

On our way up to the summit of Doi Inthanon, we came across the following highlights and hotspots to visit:. We mostly stop when we are driving down and back the same way. For a wonderful 1-day trip, my friend is the English-speaking driver. His service has organized a private group for you. Please feel free to contact us and see the details below.

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Awesome Monsoon and Green Forest

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A sample itinerary

  • In the morning
    • Pick you up at the hotel
    • The King and Queen are remembered with twin stupas.
    • Ascend to the peak of Thailand’s highest mountain.
    • Take a short trek on a jungle boardwalk (Ang Ka Nature Trail).
    • Shopping in the Hmong Hill tribe market.
    • Lunch is at the Royal Agricultural Research Restaurant.
  • In the afternoon
    • Visiting the Royal Agricultural Research Center.
    • A cup of coffee Mae Klang Karen village
    • Get a stunning view of the Wachirathan Waterfall.

Chiang Mai is a popular tourist destination, with many Thai tourists arriving by car during the cooler months. As a result, Thailand’s holiday weekend saw an increase in traffic accidents. There were many cars overturned and losing control on the road down from Doi Inthanon. The reason is that they have no prior experience driving in various locations, particularly in mountainous terrain.

Please keep in mind that driving on a mountain road requires skill and experience.

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