When Matt and I were in Chiang Mai, all we could think about is standing on the highest spot in all of Thailand. Thankfully the tour agency Travel Hub Thailand had an awesome one day tour to Doi Inthanon National Park. We had an awesome tour that took us to waterfalls, a coffee shop, to the highest peak and so much more.
Wachirathan Waterfall is a wonderful place to stop in Doi Inthanon. It breaks up the drive up the mountain and how can you see this and not want to stop? I was saying, ‘Wow!’ over and over as I walked up to the base of the waterfall. I loved that it cast a perfect rainbow.
Thailand’s Highest Point – Doi Inthanon
Thailand’s highest point is 2,565 meters (8,415 feet) and is marked by a sign and actually a stupa that contains the ashes of the last King of Chiang Mai’s ashes along with his daughter’s. This National Park is named for the last king of Chiang Mai, which is perfect because he was really concerned with preserving the forests in Thailand. So, it’s perfect that the National Park shares a name with him.
Ang Ka Nature Trail // Mossy Fern Forest
This trail is just about a .25 miles, but it’s an interactive nature trail. It shows off the plants of the region and in the winter there are lots of rhododendrons that bloom.
This trail is absolutely stunning and a must-see for anyone who visits the Doi Inthanon National Park. I love all of the boardwalks and farms that grow all over the place.
The King and Queen’s Pagodas
Inside Doi Inthanon are pagodas dedicated to the former King who just passed last October. They were in honor of their 60th birthdays. The king’s was built in 1987 and the queen’s in 1992. The pagodas sit on top of a mountain that gives you the feeling of standing on top of the world.
Left: The Queen’s Pagoda // Right: The King’s Pagoda
I found the queen’s pagoda to be even more beautiful than the king’s because of the beautiful shades of purple throughout it. I loved these murals that graced the outside of the pagoda.
Soaking in that mountain view
The gardens up here are absolutely stunning! I’m a huge flower nerd, so I loved strolling through the beds of New Guinea Impatiens, cuphea and hydrangeas. Those pinks, peaches and reds were phenomenal.
Matt + I could not resist jumping on top of the world.
Nature Trek to Pha Dok Siew Waterfall, Rice Fields + a Remote Coffee Shop
After lunch, which was delicious, we took a trek to another waterfall with a local guide. It was a gorgeous and easy hike. The “hardest” thing was the bamboo walkways, they’re super uneven so just watch your step.
Our guide was very quiet, but pointed out different things and led us from a mountain to a waterfall to a village + rice terraces.
The berries + flowers that are now grown where opium used to grow!
One of the levels of Pha Dok Siew Waterfall! The photo below is one of the next levels down.
These are the lowest section of the falls. You walk right to the base of them!
Left: You can tell how close we were to the base from all of the mist. // Right: A viper, yes a crazy-venemous viper, on the trail. It was one of two that we saw.
At the end of the hike, we ventured through the rice terraces. Here we sampled some growing rice right off the plant. When it’s not completely ripe and you chew it, there’s “milk” in it. We also learned that sticky rice and regular rice actually come from two different plants. After walking down the hills and terraces, we made our way back up a hill to try some of the coffee that is also grown here. It was SUPER strong and SUPER bitter, but a great experience nonetheless.
This tour was the perfect way to explore Doi Inthanon. I loved that I didn’t have to worry about any transportation all day long. They picked us up from our Guesthouse and gave us the option to be dropped back off there or at the massive Sunday Night Market. Travel Hub Thailand offers this tour and one without the 2-hour trek, but I highly recommend this one. Plus, Travel Hub Thailand along with their sister company Blugecko Chiang Mai offer tours all around Northern Thailand.
Disclaimer: Although I took this tour at a discount courtesy of Travel Hub Thailand, all opinions, as always, are my own.
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