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“Expensive for what it is” 2 of 5 stars
Review of Doi Inthanon

Doi Inthanon
Cham Tong, Chiang Mai, Thailand
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Ranked #5 of 208 things to do in Chiang Mai
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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“Expensive for what it is”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2012

We went with a tour company and paid 1000 BAHT each for what was in essence a round trip of 4 hours in a minibus. The scenery is beautiful at the top as are the waterfalls, but not worth what we paid. Lunch was OK, but we had very little time to look around the beauty spots. It appeared very controlled and we did not see any trails that you could go on for several hours. If we were to do this again (most unlikely), then we would either hire a car or taxi and spend time where we wanted to. There are explanations everywhere so the services of a guide are unnecessary.

Visited December 2012
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“Cool and mossy wonderland”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2012

We spent a day in late November touring to Doi Inthanon and a few sights along the way. The drive out of Chiang Mai takes about an hour and a half to the N Park gates, then about another half an hour to the top of the peak. The drive itself is unremarkable - Chiang Mai seems to sprawl on and on forever, merging into other towns along the south-west route. The district of San Pa Tong is interesting, though, because of its huge, all-encompassing market, worth a look.

Wachirathan Falls are a good stop - there's a little path that enables you to take good photos of the pounding water and the rainbows that form in its mist.

Once you get to the top, there's a little purpose-built nature trail (the Ang Kha trail) with a wooden walkway to guide you amongst tall, ancient moss-covered trees covered in ferns and orchids. This trail is only about a 20 minute walk but is well worth doing - some fantastic photo opportunities. Everything is dripping with moisture and an extra layer of clothing is advisable as the temperature is often around a bracing 10 degrees. There are longer walks if you have the time.

The waterfall and forest trail were full of visitors on the day we went - school groups and Thai families, for whom this is a very popular attraction. A quieter time would have been better, but it's probably hard to find a time without crowds. Birdwatching might be best left to the very ealy hours!

Most tours seem to include the King and Queen's pagodas, built recently to honour the royal couple. There is a beautifully manicured garden adjoining the pagodas, but to me it is all a bit too manicured and I preferred the natural environment of the forest.

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“pleasant place”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2012

Make sure one bring along a scarf or jacket. Can go below 15 degrees celcius! The waterfalls were nice. And the King & Queen's pagoda was veeeery nice! The view was awesome (on a clear day that is).

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“Worth the trip, if the sky is clear.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2012

Refreshing break from the heat. The top can be a bit uneventful if the clouds are out since mist can become an issue. The temples for the King and Queen are worth the visit, particularly the gardens and the views.

Waterfall is superb!

drive is about 1.5 hours from Chiang Mai.

Visited November 2012
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“2565 - The tallest mountain in Thailand”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2012

Is The tallest mountain, 2565 m.s.l., in Thailand inside a natural park with admission fee. Nice road and very beautiful view. There is the Princess Sirindhorn Neutron Monitor Base on the top. The temperature and is between -8 Celsius degrees and 22 Celsius degrees depends on the season.

Visited November 2012
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