Doi Inthanon is the highest mountain in Thailand, yet the easiest and most comfortable to visit, as there is good road access. Approaching Doi Inthanon the first landmark is Mae-Ya waterfall, one of the most beautiful and grandest in Thailand. It originates from the Mae-Ya River that flows down against rocks and cliffs over 280 meters high and 80 meters wide. At eight kilometers is Mae-Klang waterfall where tourists come to have a picnic in the cool shade. Close by is Brijinda cave containing exquisite, stalagmites and stalactites, and underwater Buddha statues. Vajiratan and Siritan waterfalls at 21 km offer stunning views of rainbows and thick abundant green forest even in the middle of the day.
The Inthanon Royal Project Research Station is situated in Mong Khun Glang village. The building is decorated beautifully with a winter plant glasshouse and offers cozy accommodation and a restaurant. Siripoom waterfall (originally known as Lao-Lu Fall among locals) at 30 km. gives a spectacular view of two streams of white water. On the right side of the road not far from Doi Inthanon National Park Office is a line of wooden stalls where villagers come to sell their agricultural products, fresh and processed, from early morning until the evening. This is called Mong market. Drive on for another 4.5 km. and you will arrive at Doi Pa-tang, twin cliffs on a mountaintop, another magnificent viewpoint of Doi Inthanon. Pra Maha Tat Napametaneedon and Pra Maha Tat Napaponpoomsiri are perfect spots for blossoms viewing and watching the sunrise and sunset.
There are both short and long nature trails in Doi Inthanon for tourists of all abilities and ages. Giw Mae Pan is a short trail of approximately 3 km. abundant with wild flowers such as rhododendron, white roses, and orchids that bloom colorfully in the late winter. You may also find Chinese gorals prancing in the morning if you’re lucky. In addition, Ang Ka Luang nature trail on the top of Thailand is 2,560 meters high and can be reached by car. The highlights of this trail are the moss and fern covered trees rhododendrons, and green-tailed sunbirds.
How to get there
From the centre of Chiang Mai, take Highway number 107 to Jomtong sub-district then take a right signposted Doi Inthanon.