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From Chiang Mai: Doi Inthanon National Park Hiking Tour

1. From Chiang Mai: Doi Inthanon National Park Hiking Tour

Travel deep into the National Park stopping off at some of the most scenic waterfalls in the region on this one-day Doi Inthanon hiking tour. Experience a gentle 4km hike along a nature trail and learn about the flora and fauna along the way and enjoy the highest point in Thailand. The tour begins with a visit to the summit of Doi Inthanon – the highest spot in Thailand and an area rich in biodiversity and unique flora and fauna. Walk along a short hiking trail on the summit before heading to the start of the main hike. A local guide will take you through a pine restoration area, deep into a wooded valley, and into farmland before reaching the Karen hill tribe village, which was founded 150 years ago. You will get the chance to cool off in a refreshing natural swimming pool along the trail and get the chance to spot snakes, lizards, and if you’re very lucky one of the resident gibbons! Upon reaching the village you will enjoy a local lunch and try a free coffee that is grown in the region. One final waterfall awaits on the way back to the city, beautiful all year round, and caps off a fun sightseeing day.

Chiang Mai: 6-Hour Doi Pui National Park Summit Hike

2. Chiang Mai: 6-Hour Doi Pui National Park Summit Hike

After being picked up in the morning from your hotel in Chiang Mai city, you will head towards your local hiking adventure. 2 hours after beginning your ascent, you will reach Wat Doi Suthep at the 1,100 meter mark. Here you will start to traverse through highland jungle and the old Hmong Hill Tribe Village near the summit of Doi Pui which you will reach after your 3rd hour. After a hearty lunch at the village and an approximate 1-hour climb, you will tackle the summit of Doi Pui peak. Here we get to enjoy 180 degrees views of the Mae Ping Valley. The trip will be completed by a climb with a 30-minute downhill stroll to the Doi Pui Camp grounds ,where your ride back awaits you. Refreshed with cold drinks and snacks, you will then head back to the comfort of Chiang Mai, but not before making a stop at Wat Suthep to marvel at this rich temple which was built centuries ago in 1383.

Full Day Hike & Bike at Doi Suthep Mountain National Park

3. Full Day Hike & Bike at Doi Suthep Mountain National Park

At 9:00 AM, begin the day with a hotel pick-up and ride to the base. Once arrived, you'll have your safety briefing and be kitted out in safety gear. Then you can begin the hike up to the old Hmong Hill Tribe Village at the summit of Doi Pui National Park. The trek takes you through a stunning highland jungle, filled with huge indigenous Mai Yai trees. After about 3 hours of steady walking, you'll reach your destination: the summit of the National Park, reaching an elevation of 1400m. At the peak, your bikes and gear will be waiting for you in the nearby village. After a well-earned lunch break, begin your descent through the National Park on your mountain bike toward Lake Huay Tung Tao, an approximately 2-hour ride away. In contrast to the hike up, gravity rewards you now with a cool ride downhill with views of the beautiful Mae Ping Valley.  Awaiting you lakeside is a proper late lunch with cool drinks. Take a dip before it’s time to jump back in the truck and head out of the National Park. After a fun day out, you will be delivered back to your hotel around 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM.

High Mountain Day Trek from Chiang Mai

4. High Mountain Day Trek from Chiang Mai

Depart Chiang Mai and travel by covered pickup truck to the start of the trek in the wilds of Northern Thailand in approximately 1 hour. Arrive at the starting point and begin your adventure. Hike along one of numerous available trails that can vary depending on the conditions of the day. The versatility of the itinerary will ensure that you experience some of Thailand's most pristine forest up close. Stop for lunch in the lush jungle or at the village, and enjoy a delicious lunch of homemade Thai food with fresh fruits, as well as tasting local coffee or tea. Stroll through the village after lunch, and then continue your trek through the beautiful forest. Encounter friendly locals and hill tribes and get a glimpse into their everyday lives. Return to the transfer vehicle and drive back to Chiang Mai for an approximate arrival time in the city at 17:00.

Doi Inthanon Private Tour & Soft Hike to Hill Tribe Village

5. Doi Inthanon Private Tour & Soft Hike to Hill Tribe Village

Explore Doi Intanon National Park, home to Thailand’s highest peak, on this full-day tour from Chiang Mai. A member of the local Karen hill tribe will be your guide during the hike. Walk through the jungle and spot exotic birds and butterflies. Reach the hill tribe village after about 2 hours of hiking. Drive through Baan Khun Klaang, the largest Hmong community in the park, and then see the King’s royal projects. Take a break for lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch, drive to the summit of the mountain and explore the Ang-Kha Nature Trail. Continue to the twin pagodas built in honor of the King and Queen of Thailand. Admire the royal flower garden surrounding the site.

Chiang Mai Trek: Doi Suthep Area w/ Market and Temple Visit

6. Chiang Mai Trek: Doi Suthep Area w/ Market and Temple Visit

After a 7:30 AM pick-up from your hotel, drive to Doi Suthep – Pui National Park. Start by visiting local Ton Payom market to taste produce and buy food for your packed lunch. Then it's off to visit Doi Suthep Temple and its compound. Now it's time to head to the trekking part of the trip. Start at the Forestry Camp and trek downhill of the Doi Suthep area. Pass small waterfalls, walk through lush green forest and enjoy a view point of Chiang Mai. Doi Suthep – Pui is a part of Thanon Thong Chai Range. The forest is a mixture between evergreen forest (1,000 meter above the sea level) and mixed deciduous-evergreen forest. A variety of the animals and birds species can be found such as oaks, dipterrocarps, magnolia, crocodile salamander, wild boar, minivets and eagles. Take time out to enjoy your lunch at  Monthatarn Waterfall before arriving back in Chiang Mai at mid-afternoon.

Chiang Mai: Doi Suthep National Park Hike & Bike Tour

7. Chiang Mai: Doi Suthep National Park Hike & Bike Tour

Embark on a one-hour drive to the top of Doi Suthep National Park. Our first stop at Monthatan waterfalls gives us a glimpse into the diversity of flora in this National Park. Hike through the beautiful Northern Thai highlands to a forgotten Hill Tribe village. Take in the viewpoints to the east and to the north of the Mae Ping valley, where lunch will be had. After a good rest, start the ride down Suthep National Park on a smooth road. After a stop at the Queen Summer Palace and amazing views, continue to the famous Wat Suthep. The magnificent temple grounds reach 3600 feet in altitude. Continue cruising downhill on comfortable mountain bikes to the ancient Wat Pha Lat.

Tour with Hike in Kiew Mae Pan Natural Trail from Chiang Mai

8. Tour with Hike in Kiew Mae Pan Natural Trail from Chiang Mai

Enjoy a day in nature. Kiew Mae Pan is one of the most scenic natural treasures and beautiful trails in Thailand, where the invigorating, fresh mountain air is waiting to welcome you at Inthanon National Park. This trail is open for visitors from November to May only and it is a very popular hiking trail for locals too. After pick-up from your hotel in Chiang Mai city in the morning, visit Wachirathan Waterfall and Karen Village at Doi Inthanon which is considered as the highest mountain in Thailand. While visiting this village, you will get to taste some fresh coffee right from the plantation. After that, your lunch will be served at the Royal Project Restaurant. Here, produce from the Queen's agricultural projects are transformed into delicious meals. After lunch, you enjoy a truly unique experience by walking 2.5-3 kilometers along Kew Mae Pan Nature trail through the beautiful green forest, passing giant rhododendrons, waterfalls and streams which leads to a cliff where you can enjoy breathtaking mountain views. Then, drive up to the highest peak and take a short stroll along Angka Natural Trail (15-20 minutes). On the way back, stop at Phra Maha Dhatu Nabha Metaneedol and Nabhapol Bhumisiri, more commonly known as the Two Royal Stupas which were built to honor King Bhumibhol and Queen Sirikit of Thailand for their 60th birthdays respectively. Return to Chiang Mai by late afternoon.

From Chiang Mai: Private Mae Sa Valley Hike & Bike Day Tour

9. From Chiang Mai: Private Mae Sa Valley Hike & Bike Day Tour

Depart Chiang Mai and journey to the Mae Sa Valley region in approximately 1 hour. Arrive at the start point of your adventure on the outskirts of a hill tribe village, where you will commence a 2.5-hour hike. Start with a gradual climb as you trek past some village houses, surrounded by unspoiled jungle. Follow your experienced guide - and perhaps a few friendly dogs - on the 5-kilometer walk. As this is a local trail, there’s a chance you will encounter locals going about their everyday tasks. Discover a variety of flora and fauna, as well as a cabbage farm and another hill tribe village. Listen as your local guide shares their knowledge of the area and explains the customs of village life in northern Thailand. Stop at a picturesque waterfall for a picnic lunch of homemade Thai cuisine. Then, begin your 20-kilometer cycling trip from the waterfall, starting with mostly downhill rides along a sealed road. Turn off the main road to find yourself riding through village alleyways, rice fields and the rural roads of the Mae Sa Valley. Bike a few of the off-road trails to really get off the beaten track. End at the Orchid Farm, where you can freshen up and have a quick browse before the drive back to Chiang Mai for an approximate arrival time of 5:30 PM.

Chiang Mai & Pai: 2-Day Sticky Waterfalls Private Trip

10. Chiang Mai & Pai: 2-Day Sticky Waterfalls Private Trip

Start the tour with an 8 AM pick-up from your Chiang Mai city center hotel or the airport. First, head to Chiang Mai's most sacred temple, Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep, located 3,500 feet above sea level and famous for its Golden pagoda. Visit the Sticky Buatong waterfall which has 3 main levels that can be hiked up with incredible mountain views. The limestone coating on the rocks makes them 'sticky' and easy to hold on to. Then, drive to Pai on a winding road through the mountains. Stop at the iconic iron memorial bridge which dates back to WWII and has become a popular photo spot. Afterward, check in to your hotel and spend the evening exploring the markets and local restaurants.  On day 2, get picked up from your hotel in Pai at 8 AM. Start the day with a visit to Baan Santichon Chinese Village at Yun Lai which boasts incredible views over the city. Journey up the hill to the Mae Yen temple which is home to a giant white Buddha. Head into the center of town for lunch. Then take a short drive out of Pai to stop at Coffee in Love where you can enjoy a drink or slice of cheesecake on the balcony. Last but not least, visit Pai Canyon where you can walk along stone paths and explore the natural scenery. Return to Chiang Mai at around 6 PM in a private car.

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4.6 / 5

based on 149 reviews

Everything awesome! Our guide A (the youngest guy in the tour center) is very funny and nice it was great to met him. It was the first time mountain biking for me and he carried well about me. Lunch was really tasty Before hiking you should eat breakfast well! Don’t forget about it. If you don’t eat like me your blood sugar get down and handling bike is getting very hard.. Except my fault everything was good.

Such an awesome experience in a beautiful national park. At the peak weather was mild but gradually got hotter as we descended through the park past magnificent waterfalls until we got to the rice paddies. Kom and VV were excellent guides and they shot so many photos of the day there are no lack of memories. Highly recommended as an excellent Chiang Mai day trip.

Great Tour! Our guide gave us a very good insight into the flora and culture of Chiang Mai. There was delicious Thai food on the mountain and we had a great view of the mountains. Absolutely to suggest!

Vivi was our guide and she was great! We loved the temple at the top of the mountain, and the coffee shop. Vivi and driver were knowledgeable, pleasant and flexible

Great hike. Noodles and coffee at the top is great after a long hike