Day 7: Doi Inthanon

Trip Start Dec 26, 2012
Trip End Jan 29, 2013

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Flag of Thailand  , Chiang Mai,
Thursday, January 3, 2013

We got up bright and early this morning to get ready for our big trip to the near by National park Doi Inthanon. It holds the tallest mountain in Thailand which you are able to reach by car. To start our journey, we had to find a yellow sâwngthâew which would take us to a small town called Chom Thong. It was a bit of a mission to find out where all the yellow sâwngthâew hung out, but with the help of a very talkative Brit we were able to find our way.

Once we arrived in Chom Thong, we had to find another yellow sâwngthâew to take us to Doi Inthanon. Luckily, there were two Thai girls on our sâwngthâew who were also going to the park and they spoke some English. Initially, we thought we could get dropped off at park entrance and just hike our way around, but after a lot of difficulty, the girls and some drivers of the sâwngthâew made it clear that you could only access most sites by driving (apparently the park is 42 km to the top of the mountain). Instead we rented a sâwngthâew with the two girls to drive us to the different places we wanted to go around the park and wait as we went to each site for roughly 10 bucks Canadian each.

We first went to two different waterfalls, both were beautiful, the second twice the size of the first, which had some trails which you could walk up to get to the top of the falls (the second one was super long!). We then headed to the top of the mountain where we stood at the highest point of Thailand. We met some Thai birders at the top as well who showed us a bird they were watching. We found a really cool trail as well that we started on but because our driver wanted to get going we didn't have the time to hike it all. We did see some really cool birds though, none of which I had in my book so I'm not sure what they were but they were very pretty.

After the mountain top, we headed to two monumental stupas which were created to honor the king and queen. They had amazing gardens as well as beautiful mountain views. We then headed to a local market on the mountain and bought some freshly grown dried strawberries and pistachios. Then we headed the long journey back to Chiang Mai.
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mom and dad mitch on

Sounds like a fun couple of days. The gardens are beautiful - thanks for the photos! Being friendly has it's advantages - you continue to find people who help you with your manoeuvrings around Thailand. miss ya both.

dan on

Your going to need a vacation to recover. But you are still young!!

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