Thai National Parks

Doi Inthanon National Park adventure tour (dry season)

This tour is available only during the dry season from 1st of November until 31st May.

Also known as "The Roof of Thailand", Doi Inthanon is the highest point in Thailand at 2,565 meters above the sea level. The national park is one of the best protected sites in northern Thailand, home to many attractions and a popular destination for birders. The park has a great diversity of forest types throughout different altitudes, at the higher altitudes the forests are humid all year round.

What?

A day-tour in Doi Inthanon National Park includes hiking, visiting the highest point in Thailand, Two Chedis, waterfalls and Hmong hilltribe market.

Itinerary

This is an example itinerary. The program may change depending on weather conditions, accessibility issues or any other obstacles. On eventual change of the itinerary we always make sure that the quality of our guests experience and personal safety are safeguarded.

From 8 a.m. to about 5-6 p.m.

Our guide will pick you up from your hotel with a a/c minibus 8 a.m. in the early morning. Our first stop will be the summit of Doi Inthanon which is the highest point in Thailand, we will drive all the way to the top. After enjoying the view we will embark on a beautiful nature trail called Kaew Mea Pan Nature Trail, a local guide of the Hmong tribe will accompany us through unspoilt montane forests. When the skies are clear the views along this trail are magnificent.

After having lunch at a local restaurant we will visit the Two Chedis that has been constructed to honour 60th birthday anniversaries of King Bhumibol Adulyadej and Queen Sirikit. Later on we will continue to the Vachirathan and Mae Klang Waterfalls, along the way we will stop at a Hmong market where products from the Royal Project are for sale. On late afternoon our driver will take you back to your hotel.

Where & When?

This trip departs from your hotel in Chiang Mai and can be booked for dry season only. Chiang Mai can be reached by bus, train and flight from various destinations.

How much?

You'll be accompanied by a private guide and no other people will join you; the best way to explore Doi Inthanon!

Please bear in mind that the listed price includes the entrance fees 300 Baht per person, transportation, lunch, drinking water, insurance.

Group size Rate per person
1 5900 THB
2 3400 THB
3 2600 THB
4 2200 THB
5 1900 THB
6 1800 THB
7 1700 THB
8 1600 THB

Tour rates include:

  • Transportation by a/c minibus
  • Entrance fees
  • English speaking guide
  • Lunch
  • Drinking water
  • Insurance

Not Included:

  • All drinks except drinking water
  • Personal expenses

Reviews from our guests

We appreciate your feedback after the tour when booking with us.

About: 1.5-days wildlife tour in Khao Yai

By: , France | posted Thu 17 Aug, 2017

The day spent in kao yai was perfect

Ghann was a very nice guide and very interesting

We enjoyed to see the bat in the evening but the waterfall was very crowded ( maybe you should tell that this is very busy during the week end) and we would prefer walking around the bat cave but it wasn't possible

Tour operator's response

Thank you for your comment. Glad to hear you enjoyed your time with our guide.

Indeed, the spring is a busy location. We have mentioned this in our first reply on your inquiry that this location is a touristic hot spot.

Sadly we have no better nature-related alternatives outside the park to combine with the bat cave visit.

Sometimes guests tell us in advance that they are not interested to see this location, in that case it is possible to simply start the tour a bit later and just visit the bat cave area.

About: 1-day wildlife tour with night safari in Khao Yai

By: , Singapore | posted Tue 15 Aug, 2017

We experienced a whole day safari tour with Night safari. I like the day tour guide. He is very experienced and passionate about wildlife and took good care of us. It is fun having such a tour guide as he always wants to share what he sees and knows about wildlife to us. He speaks fluent English.

The night tour guide is okay however her English isn't as fluent as our day tour guide, so we find it hard to understand what she's trying to say.

Tour operator's response

Thanks for your kind words about our guide.

Just for your information, the park staff that joined on the night drive is not our staff, that's why the 'daytime' guide joined in too.

We have often been in doubt about whether or not to continue offering night safaris in some or our tour itineraries.

The thing is that we are not in full control of the quality of these night drives. Park regulations only allow park staff to operate night drives with spotlight. So visitors and even local tour operators like us are required to do this service with a vehicle from the park with park staff as driver and spotlighting assistant. Direct communication with the park staff is usually difficult, because most do not speak English. That's why our guide joined you to explain more about the animals observed. But our guides have little influence on the quality.

There is a lot of park staff and we just get the driver/ assistant assigned that is next on the list. We can not choose who we get, and not all park staff members are as excited to do such safaris (for some of them it is just work, not a passion). We have no control over the speed of driving and the spotlighting, and we are not always happy with how this is operated.

You may wonder why we anyway decided to continue offering these night safaris. The simple reason is that this is one of the only possibilities in Thailand to see nocturnal wildlife, and even on nights where we were maybe not so happy with the actual driver, we still have seen interesting animals. Just like at some nights with a good driver and assistant we have seen very little; it is after all still wildlife...

We believe it is worth the try, and still better than skipping it. And with a flexible attitude ;-) it can still be an enjoyable activity. We have seen truly rare creatures, and other nights it is mostly deer that steal the show. With a bit of luck civets or porcupines might be encountered, and there are many more creatures, but let's not raise the expectations of future visitors to levels we can not guarantee ;-)

Thank you for joining.

About: 1-day wildlife tour in Khao Yai (Group tour)

By: , Singapore | posted Fri 11 Aug, 2017

Hi there,

It was a really nice experience exploring the national park with our guide! I think his nickname is Beer?

Both the driver and Beer are really nice and helpful. They tried to show us as many animals as possible, and Beer is really good at spotting the animals.

We enjoyed ourselves a lot!

Tour operator's response

Thanks Wei Qian for your review!

About: 2-days wildlife tour in Khao Yai (Group tour)

By: , Netherlands | posted Fri 4 Aug, 2017

The 2 day jungle tour we had was amazing! Our guide Jay knew a lot about all the different animals and plants in the forest, and was very enthusiastic about spotting them. With a hike through the jungle in the mornings and waterfall visits in the afternoon, the days were perfectly balanced intensity wise. Drinking water, lunch and snacks were accounted for, so we felt like we were taken care of really well.

Tour operator's response

Thanks Myrthe!

Glad to hear you enjoyed our service. Thanks for sharing.

About: 1-day wildlife tour in Khao Yai

By: , Italy | posted Fri 4 Aug, 2017

We had a short trip, about six hours, but thanks to our guide Poo and our driver, it was a fantastic trip. They showed us several animals, spiders, small lizards and a scorpion. Our five years son was very happy.

Tour operator's response

Dear Paolo,

Glad to hear that even despite the short time you had, that you were able to see various interesting creatures and enjoy the trip with our guide.

Thanks for booking with us!

About: Kui Buri elephant safari, half day

By: , Norway | posted Wed 2 Aug, 2017

The guided tour was beautiful. The guides were local pine apple farmers who served us the best pine apple we have ever tasted. They spoke English and had great knowledge of the animal life. We saw several Wild elefants and gaurs, some deer and a lot of birds. Everything was well organized and worked without problems.

About: Erawan Waterfall tour from Bangkok

By: , United States | posted Mon 24 Jul, 2017

We LOVED our trip to Erawan National Park! Sea was the best guide! She was really kind and knew so much about the area. It was nice having a real Thai person take us around and explain to us what we were seeing. We loved having lunch with her because she ordered traditional food that we would never have ordered on our own! We highly recommend this trip to anyone looking to experience some of the most beautiful parts of Thailand!

Tour operator's response

Thank you very much for your feedback, much appreciated. Happy to hear you enjoyed your time with Sea. I will pass it on to her.

Hope to welcome you again in Thailand :)

About: 1-day wildlife tour in Khao Yai (Group tour)

By: , United States | posted Sat 22 Jul, 2017

We really enjoyed our day long hike. We saw lots of animals because our guide was excellent at spotting them. My only suggestion would be to better explain what our day is going to be like e.g. how long the morning hike is, the different afternoon walks. We got tired after the first hike, but were relieved that the afternoon was much lighter.

About: 1-day wildlife tour with night safari in Khao Yai

By: , Switzerland | posted Thu 20 Jul, 2017

Apple was an amazing guide with perfect english and was able to explain to us so many facts about not only the park but Thailand in general.

Thanks to his skills and a lucky day we got to see a lot of different animals.

We definitely recommend the visit to the park! Also, if you're already a group of friends we recommend taking a private tour (that's what we did) so you can decide what you want to do and customize the tour a bit with your guide.

Tour operator's response

Thanks Rafik for your feedback.

Glad to hear you had a lucky trip.

About: 1-day wildlife tour in Khao Yai

By: , Germany | posted Wed 19 Jul, 2017

When making choices around your stay in Bangkok, we can highly recommend to get out of the cultural jungle and see Mother Nature too. If you like to discover animals in their natural habitat, Khao Yai is a great place to do! Our guide Beer (Grylls :-)) was a highly enthusiastic advocate of animals and already after the first kilometer drive spotted a huge water monitor resting on a tree not far from the road. We felt the display was so perfect ( we could make beautiful close-ups) that it was "organized" to make a great first impression on our tour :-). Though we missed the elephants, the trekking in the jungle was a memorable experience. After some time adjusting ourselves to the sounds and lights of the tropical forest, Beer was spotting a pilated gibbon family of five, one of them white. We followed and watched them for some time, then spotted two great hornbills having a breakfast on the trees. Amazing birds, impressive size. During our great thai lunch, we saw a northern pig-tailed macaque visiting our bags in the truck. Later we encountered a barred flying dragon (we do not know how Beer was finding this cc 15 cm small lizard from the car, but let this be his secret), a gaur, several barking deers, another monitor and a huge family of macaques. The day would have not been complete with a stellar tropical rain and the subsequent vivid colors of vegetation, chasing us back from the fantastic 100 m high waterfall. Beer's eyes are incrediable. He spotted an asian wine snake on a tree from 50 meters driving at 25 km/h! Thanks guys for the great day - I probably give up visiting zoos and focus on enjoying animal kingdom exclusively in natural habitat, like your beautiful Khao Yai National Park! Please do your best to preserve it to our grandchildren! Ton, thanks for your flexibility and patience when dealing with our paypal transfer problem!

Tour operator's response

Dear Zsolt,

Thank you for your extensive review of your trip. Felt like being in the jungle while reading it ;-)

And your recommendation to visit true wilderness instead of zoos is a very good one. Surely it might not be as easy to spot animals as in the zoo, but with our experienced guides like Beer you are likely going to see a bunch of interesting creatures, and get to watch them in their home. I have never seen a zoo where e.g. gibbons can truly swing around in high trees like they do in the wild where they belong.

Thank you for booking with us!

Tour details in short:

  • Duration: 1 day
  • Type: Private tour
  • Price: 1,600 - 5,900 THB
  • Group size: 2 or more people
  • Grade: Easy to moderate
  • Transport: a/c minibus
  • Start: 8 a.m.
  • End: 5 - 6 p.m.

Things to bring: 

  • T-shirt and shorts for daytime
  • Long sleeves/Jacket during winter time (Nov - Feb)
  • Hiking shoes with good grip
  • Flip flops
  • Sun cream
  • Insect repellent (DEET medicated)
  • Sun glasses
  • Small backpack
Hiking at Doi Inthanon mountains

Hiking at Doi Inthanon mountains

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Two Chedis near the Doi Inthanon Summit

Two Chedis near the Doi Inthanon Summit

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One of smaller waterfalls

One of smaller waterfalls

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