November is the month when people are eager to get together to come to Chiang Mai to participate Yee Peng Festival, the largest annual dropping sky lanterns ceremony in Thailand. After the festival finished, you should not leave immediately but remember to linger to find more some interesting places, beautiful sightseeing around Chiang Mai. If you have been to Chiang Mai several times and do not want to cross the winding roads to visit the town of Pai, or also visited to Chiang Rai to see the white temple, then there is still a lot of paradise around Chiang Mai for you to explore. For example, let’s go to Doi Inthanon National Park, one of the most beautiful and majestic national parks in Thailand. This national park has many beautiful landscapes, especially for those who like mountain climbing, hiking, trekking is very suitable.
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Doi Inthanon blog: How to get to Doi Inthanon National Park?
From Chiang Mai to Doi Inthanon is not far away, about an hour and a half drive. There are several ways to get there:
Self-drive car rental: If you have an international driver’s license, and are confident about the level of driving in the opposite direction (meaning driving on the left instead of right), you can rent a car is the most convenient way because the road is quite easy to go. There will be some spots on the road where you want to stop for sightseeing or take a photo, take more initiative in moving.
By bus: Take the minibus from Chiang Mai Bus Station to Chom Thong district, then take a taxi to Doi Inthanon. Moving by this way is a bit of hardship and it takes a lot of time to move and wait for the car, so if you intend to go Doi Inthanon for about 2 days, then let’s choose this way.
Book day tour of tour operators: If you do not know how to drive and do not have much time to travel by public transport but still want to go to Doi Inthanon, do not worry, there are some travel agencies to organize tours come here such as KKday or Klook. With day tour of these travel agents, they will pick you up at your hotel to get to Don Inthanon, which will include: Sightseeing Tickets, lunch, super convenience vehicles, only about 10 hours will be enough to both travel and visit.
Doi Inthanon blog: Best places to visit and top things to do in Doi Inthanon
The milestone marks the highest spot in Thailand
You will meet this milestone first, this is the check-in point of everyone when coming to Doi Inthanon. The landmark marks you are standing at the highest point of Thailand (with altitude 2.565 meters above sea level).
If you come to this park, remember to come here to take pictures but have nothing more, just to know that you have reached the highest peak in Thailand. Not far from this check-in spot is the stupa which houses the bones of Chao Intha Wichayanon – the last ruler of Chiang Mai. From here, you walk a little further along the path covered moss, green canopy of trees, you will meet the truly milestone that marks the highest point in Thailand, while the signboard outside is only for visitors come to check-in. This area has a lot of very old and perennial trees that will make you feel like Alice lost in the land of gods when stepped here. Make sure you have a camera with very large memory to take the countless beautiful pictures at here.
The majestic waterfalls
As a mountain surrounded by rainforests, Don Inthanon certainly possesses spectacular and majestic waterfalls. There are four famous waterfalls in Don Inthanon: Mae Ya, Wachirathan (also known as Vachiratharn), Sirithan and Mae Klang. Only Mae Ya waterfall is that you have to go quite far to access, however, it is the highest, the most magnificent waterfall with the height of 260 meters. The remaining 3 waterfalls are located on the main road so you will easily to reach. Looking at these photos like this will not be able to portray the beauty of these waterfalls, so whether the description or gossip is not effective at all. You must come to admire.
Bonus for you a stop spot for lunch on the road, pretty cool. The people here know how to use the terrain for their business. The small tables will be placed next to the stream and spread canvas to sit, very cool. The dishes are quite popular such as fried rice, pad thai, etc.. but for both mountain climbing and stream wading plus this cool view is 100 times better and more delicious. Note, after you finished eat, you should not throw anything in the stream, please for a green environment, clean, beautiful.