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“Consider Trekking” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Doi Inthanon

Doi Inthanon
Cham Tong, Chiang Mai, Thailand
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Ranked #11 of 131 Attractions in Chiang Mai
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Mountains, National Parks, Lookouts, Nature & Parks, Sights & Landmarks
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“Consider Trekking”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2013

If you saw Doi Inthananon park before the tremendous job they did reforesting it you would not recognize the landscape. Today the denuded slopes and washed out streams are no longer recognizable. The park is a lush, thriving example of Thailand's highly successful efforts toward mitigating the damage of tree removal and unwanted cultivation in Northern Thailand. To really get a taste of this park consider doing a short guided trek to one of the Karen Villages. We spent 1/2-day in the park conferencing with forest restoration staff and used the remaining 1/2-day to tour the park. The tour departed from the main road a short distance west of headquarters. The hike took us downstream toward the village of Baan Mae Glang Luang, a hillside Karen village that is now a role model for alternative land-use practices. It took 2-hours to reach the village including a lunch stop along the small mountain stream that carved its way down the valley. The trail is clear, flat and not demanding given the hike was mostly downhill. Several interesting small, wooden bridges are crossed as the trail shifts several times back and forth across the river. Along the way you walk through small enclaves where people farm vegetables, cut flowers and fruit. Their homes are rustic traditional hill tribe buildings built from local logs and poles. Lovely waterfalls and bouldery streambeds give ecological diversity to dense forest you walk through. The trek ends at the village, but before reaching it the forest gives way to open-hillsides of cultivated fields and rice patties. Closer to the village coffee trees laden with green and red beans become examples of the new economy. Further along are attractive bungalows that serve as basecamp for tourists and trekkers wanting to overnight. We of course stopped for coffee, it being made by boiling in pots. The brew, a thick, strong decant that might add a few hairs on the chest. I couldn't help but purchase several pounds for the rest of the trip. Before you leave you pass their crafts shop where Karen girls offer weavings, shirts, and scarfs. Prices and products so far exceed what you'll find in Chiang Mai don't hesitate to purchase what you like, I came away with coffee and a traditional Karen shirt. I now wish I also purchased a Karen side bag, nothing compared elsewhere in Thailand.

Visited October 2012
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“Out of the way, but worth it”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2013

We took a full day tour to see the Doi Inthananon National Park and it was truly beautiful. If you like scenic views, spectacular waterfalls, and plentiful gardens, this is the place for you!!! The king & queen's pagoda's were interesting but not the main attraction of this tour in our opinion. The waterfalls are both impressive and had several lookout locations where amazing pictures are to be had. Enjoy!

Visited February 2013
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“Disappointed!”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2013 via mobile

We went in a tour and made some stops to see a couple os waterfalls (not a big deal), a market, the mountain with the Queen and King pagodas (these were ok), and a tribe of Karen people that show us how they make coffee and clothes. We saw it like a total fake, just trying you to buy something. The tour included lunch, that consisted in some vegetables, fried fish and chicken, all surrounded for a lot of cats. I didn't really like it. for the price (1200 baths), I expected something more. Maybe going on your own change this point of view. I don't rememberthe agency, but I guess that all have similar tours. Better go on your own!!

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“Beautiful national park”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2013

The place was really beautiful with lot of flowers. We went there with a tour guide which gave us really good knowledge but the problem was it is very ffar away, about 2 hours drive so total round trip was 4 hours. Recommened only if you have a lot of time.

Visited January 2013
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“Highest point in Thailand - worth a visit”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2013

We did a one-day trip with TravelHub which included King and Queen pagodas , Doi Inthanon summit, the waterfalls, the Royal Agricultural project and a hilltribe village.

The temperature on the mountain in late January was 15 degC so a jacket is definitely required. It was also rather windy at some points.

We saw the King and Queen pagodas and took some nice photos in the surrounding flower gardens. The view was rather disappointing due to the fog.

The Royal Project had an interesting collection of plants

Overall I think it's worth a visit for a day out amongst nature, and also for bragging rights --Highest point in Thailand !

Visited January 2013
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