At 2,565.3341 meters above sea level Doi Inthanon is the highest mountain in Thailand. It is located in Mae Chaem District, Chiang Mai Province. This mountain was known in the past as Doi Luang (meaning big mountain).
The mountain was named in honor of the king Inthawichayanon, one of the last kings of Chiang Mai. He was concerned about the forests in the north and tried to preserve them. He ordered that, after his death, his remains be placed at Doi Luang, which was then renamed to Doi Inthanon.
Today, the summit of Doi Inthanon is a popular tourist destination for both foreign and Thai tourists. In addition to a range of tourist facilities, there is also a Royal Thai Air Force weather radar antenna on the summit.
In 1954, the forests around the mountain were preserved, creating Doi Inthanon National Park. This park now covers 482.40 km² and spreads from the lowlands at 800 m altitude up to the peak at 2565 m. The summit experiences average year-round temperatures in the low to mid teens (Celsius) and high humidity. It is not uncommon for the temperature to drop below zero during the winter months.
On the drive up the mountain from Chiang Mai, there are several scenic view points, temples, hill tribe village, markets and the Mae Ya Waterfall. Make sure you stop and visit the twin chedis a little way from the top. These are Naphamethinidon and Naphaphonphumisiri. The chedis were built to honor the 60th birthday of King Bhumibol Adulyadej in 1987, and the 60th birthday of Queen Sirikit in 1992.
Once you are at the top, take some time to explore the Visitors Center for the national park and wander through the cool and refreshing mountain tracks.
Doi Inthanon Image Gallery
Below are a few photos of our visit to Doi Inthanon. Click on any image to open a cascading light-box and to see a description of the image.