At 2,565 m (8,415 ft) Doi Inthanon is Thailand’s highest mountain, giving it the nickname ‘The Roof of Thailand’.
The 482.4 km² national park of the same name is located about 1.5/2 hours south-east of Chiang Mai, making it the perfect little day trip from the hustle and bustle of the city. Not only that, but the elevation of the park makes it a good 5 – 10°C cooler
You really can’t pass up on that!
The summit itself isn’t that spectacular, it’s pretty much just a sign with Chinese tourists lined up for that perfect selfie.
There’s no view-point as such, but there is a few smaller and obviously older pagodas and shrines to have a little wander around.
King And Queen Pagodas
By far the most breathtaking and popular part of the park is the King and Queen pagodas, Naphamethinidon and Naphaphonphumisiri in Thai.
The two adjacent pagodas were built to honour the 60th birthday anniversary of King Bhumibol Adulyadej in 1987, and the 60th birthday anniversary of Queen Sirikit in 1992, respectively.
The King’s is 60m high and the Queen’s 55m, to signify the age difference between the two.
They really are spectacular, the gardens, the views and everything are just magnificent. You could quite easily spend a good few hours just aimlessly wandering around, enjoying that fresh clean air and the quietness, which is quite rare in Thailand.
There are a fair few tourists around, foreign and Thai.
However saying that the gardens are big enough to still feel the calm peaceful atmosphere.
Inthanon Royal Project Research Station
The station was the King’s personal project for eliminating the cultivation of opium in the region, and the country in general. Founded in 1979 the station serves as a research and learning centre for local farmers and hill tribes. Here they can see first hand the skills and techniques needed to produce different crops other than the now illegal substance.
As well as the above there is yet another beautiful garden to wander around. Kick back, relax and enjoy!
It’s well worth popping in to see the garden and learn a little about the history of the place.
There’s plenty to see in this park!
Carly and I leave for Vietnam tomorrow so only had the one day to have a look. We would have loved another day or two to explore!
There are many waterfalls, hill tribe villages, gardens and temples to look at.
If you’re in the region we very highly recommend taking a trip to Inthanon National Park!
It’s well worth the time and money spent.
Entrance to the park is 300 baht, a little expensive for Thailand, yet on the other hand definitely worth!