Doi Suthep may be the best must-see tourist attraction in Chiang Mai. However, Doi Inthanon must not be overlooked as well (most of the tourists do). Also known as “The Roof of Thailand”, this national park covers an area of 482 km sq. in Chiang Mai province, Northern Thailand. The park is part of the Himalayan mountain range. Since it is located in the high altitude, the par has high humidity and cold weather all year round. It may drop less than 10 celcius in certain season.
The forest name, Doi Inthanon is named in honour of the king Inthawichayanon, one of the last kings of Chiang Mai, who was concerned about the forests in the north of Thailand and wanted to preserve it. After his death his remains was placed in the park as he ordered and the forest was renamed to Doi Inthanon.
Despite being named as a national park, Doi Inthanon not only contains typical trees and forest but various of main attractions for tourists to explore. One of the few attractions are summit of Doi Inthanon, the highest point. It is best to get a spectacular views of early morning. Unfortunately, I reached there around noon. Besides, there are several waterfalls and few trails for people who loves nature and jungle trekking. You may not know but one of seasonal attractions of the park is the blossoms of Siamese sakura flowers covering trees in pink during late January and February. The park is also one of top destination in the country for birders.
Do not miss the opportunity to be in the highest point of Thailand!
Another top attraction while you’re in Doi Inthanon National Park is the two chedis (stupas) which built to honour the king’s and queen’s 60th Birthday Anniversaries. I was amaze how Thai people love and honour their king. The chedis on the left side is dedicated to the king whereas the right side dedicated to the queen. The king’s chedi is taller compared to the queen’s chedi. This reflects on the king’s status in the country. Meanwhile for the queen’s side, it consists of beautiful garden. If you’re a flower lover, this place certainly will amaze you.
If you’re feeling hungry while visiting the attractions in Doi Inthanon National Park, don’t forget to try the pork skewer – selling at 15 baht each. The pork skewer usually taste sweet and chewy. Most of the locals would line up to buy. It seems like it is a hot-selling food around that area. I got two for myself and it cost me 30 baht only. Although it doesn’t really fill up my hunger due to my strong appetite but definitely a must try if you’re in Doi Inthanon National Park.
*This trip is partially funded by Travel Hub Chiang Mai, one of the best travel company in Northern Thailand*