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Doi Inthanon National Park, Vachiratham Waterfalls and Mae Klang Waterfalls.

A day out to Doi Inthanon National Park which is in Northern Thailand.

The Park makes a good day out from Chiang Mai though if you use a car and driver it's not too cheap - perhaps around 5500 Baht but this should include a guide as well as entrance fees to both the Park and the Twin Chedi. The entrance to the Park is 58kms from Chiang Mai at Chom Thong - the drive from there up to the summit just keeps climbing and climbing through beautiful forests and countryside. Doi Inthanon National Park golf ball?, Thailand Doi Inthanon National Park memorial shrine, Thailand The main features of the Park apart from the summit are the twin Chedi, the many waterfalls plus lots of wildlife and at the correct time of year (November) the orchids. Doi Inthanon is the highest point in Thailand at 2565 meters and sat right on top you will find the usual military golf ball.
A short walk from the parking area takes you through trees to a shrine - in March 1915 Chao Dara Rasmi (who was the royal consort of King Chulalongkorn) visited the peak of Doi Inthanon and order the construction of a memorial shrine into which were placed the ashes of her father King Inthanon (1870-1897). The Thai Air Force subsequently built a small Chedi next to the shrine to commemorate and honour the King and then in in May 1986 a combination of northern Thai Princes, monks, Air Force personnel and Thai people jointly built a new shrine to replace the broken original. Just below the car park you can take a short but in places fairly steep walk into the forest using wooden walkways and steps - this circuits through woodland and shrubbery and at the right time of year there are masses of orchids covering the moss covered tree trunks.
Doi Inthanon Napapon Phoom siri Chedi, Thailand Doi Inthanon Napamaytanidol chedi, Thailand

The Twin Chedi - Doi Inthanon National Park.

A little way back down from the summit there are two large Chedi which were built to commemorate the King and Queen's 60th birthdays. The King's Chedi is coloured brown and the Queen's Chedi is in lilac and they are both set opposite each other within beautifully manicured gardens.
The area is very steep and the notices about being careful and walking slowly because of the altitude should be considered. There is transport from the car park up the hill to the steps of the Chedi and from there you can either walk up the wide but steep steps or use the (at time of writing) free escalators.
Doi Inthanon Napapon Phoom siri Chedi, Thailand Doi Inthanon National Park chedi, Thailand Doi Inthanon National Park gardens Doi Inthanon National Park gardens, Thailand

Visiting Vachiratham Waterfalls and Mae Klang Waterfalls - Doi Inthanon National Park, Thailand.

There are several waterfalls within the Park but which you get to visit will obviously depend on your itinerary as there is probably not time to visit all of them. Two of the most well known are:
Vachiratharn waterfalls, Thailand Vachiratharn waterfalls in Thailand

Vachiratham Waterfalls.

These Thai waterfalls seem to be one of the main visitor attractions for tourists - you can be dropped off along the road above the waterfalls and then walk down on a reasonable path through woods to the top of the falls, then go on down beside them down to eventually reach the bottom car park. There are a few facilities there plus wooden seats and tables - so perhaps taking a picnic along would be a good idea.

Mae Klang river, Thailand Mae Klang waterfalls, Thailand

Mae Klang Waterfalls.

These waterfalls are just outside the Doi Inthanon National Park entrance - the parking area is by a small village and next to a very picturesque river - you have to walk a few hundred meters to reach the falls themselves. There are some facilities by the car park including fairly basic toilets, also you can get a drink and lovely (and very inexpensive) ice cream. The area by the river is widely used as a picnic site and is usually very busy - you can hire one of the platforms built alongside the river if you wish.
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