Thai National Parks

Private Tour | Doi Suthep-Pui National Park trekking

Doi Suthep-Pui National Park is the nearest national park in Chiang Mai right at the west edge of the city. The park is home to largest Hmong community in Northern Thailand, more known for the Doi Suthep Temple at the top of the mountain, clearly seen from the city. The park has many trails crossing the beautiful forests of the park on all directions. Due to high altitudes, the park has cooler weather all year round.

What?

This is a strictly private tour, not a group tour. Can't be joined with others.

A day trip to the park includes visiting Doi Suthep Temple and hiking along one of best trails in Chiang Mai area, with good views over surrounding areas and through some Hmong villages. There will be less driving and more hiking for sure.

We offer two different tour options of which one is a half day, the other is a full day tour. Both tours are available all year round.

Both tours include transportation, entrance fees to the temple and water. Only the full day service includes lunch & cofee/tea.

If because of unforeseen reasons any of the trails are closed, alternative trails will be offered by the guide.

Half day tours

(this tour doesn't include lunch but includes water & snacks)

Option #1 - Monk's Trail (easy)

Pickup 8:30 am from your hotel/apartment in Chiang Mai City.

This trail starts from the edge of the city at Wat Phra Lat (temple) into the park, ends at Doi Suthep Temple. The trail is about 6 km long and takes about 1.5-2 hours to walk. Once arrived at the temple you will be fine to spend a bit time there until ready to head back to your hotel.

Option #2 - Montrathan Falls (moderate)

Pickup 8:30 am from your hotel/apartment in Chiang Mai City.

Start hiking from from Montrathan Waterfall trail head around 9:30 am and from there continue to Doi Suthep Temple in a bit more challenging walk. The trail is about 4 km long and takes about 1.5 hours to walk. A bit time will be spend at the waterfall to enjoy the falls. Once arrived at the temple you will be fine to spend a bit time there until ready to head back to your hotel.

Since the hike to the falls must be accompanied by a park ranger, +300 Baht will be charged on top of the full day price options listed below. Visiting the waterfall also means a +100 Baht per person national park entrance fee must be paid.

Full day tours

(this tour include lunch, water, snacks & coffee/tea)

Option #1 - Wat Phra Lat to Khun Chang Khian village (moderate)

Pickup 8:30 am from your hotel/apartment in Chiang Mai City.

Starting from Wat Phra Lat (Monk's Trail) around 9 am this trail leads first to Doi Suthep Temple and from there continues to Khun Chang Khian in Doi Pui. The trail is a 12 km long, takes about 5 hours to walk.

Option #2 - Montrathan Falls to Khun Chang Khian village (moderate)

Pickup 8:30 am from your hotel/apartment in Chiang Mai City.

Starting from Montrathan Falls Trail around 9:30 am, this trail leads first to Doi Suthep Temple and from there continues to Khun Chang Khian village in Doi Pui. The trail is 10 km long, takes about 4-5 hours to walk. The Montrathan Falls trail is a bit more challenging to walk.

Since the hike to the falls must be accompanied by a park ranger, +300 Baht will be charged on top of the full day price options listed below. Visiting the waterfall also means a +100 Baht per person national park entrance fee must be paid.

Where & When?

This trip departs from your hotel in Chiang Mai and can be booked all year round. 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 Suthep-Pui National Park!

The price shown below includes transportation with a songthaew which is a cheaper option. If you prefer a SUV or minivan, SUV will add +700 Baht and minivan +1,200 Baht. During the rainy & winter seasons you are recommended a SUV or minivan as it can be very chilly behind a songthaew.

Rate per person
Group size Half day Full day
1 2,500 THB 3,600 THB
2 1,400 THB 2,200 THB
3 1,050 THB 1,700 THB
4 880 THB 1,400 THB
5 780 THB 1,300 THB
6 700 THB 1,200 THB
7 650 THB 1,100 THB
8 620 THB 1,050 THB

Displayed rates are per person

Tour rates include:

  • Entrance fees to the temple
  • English speaking guide
  • Transportation by songthaew & driver
  • Basic lunch (full day only)
  • Coffe or tea (full day only)
  • Drinking water
  • Snacks
  • Insurance

Optional charges

  • +300 Baht ranger cost if Montrathan Falls visited (per group)
  • +100 Baht national park entrance fee if Montrathan Falls visited (per person)

    Reviews from our guests

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

    Rated 4.75/5 based on 4 customer reviews

    By: | posted Sun 18 Mar, 2018

    5/5 stars

    Good Atention and excellent service level. The guide is really friendly and have good knowledge.

    By: | posted Tue 6 Mar, 2018

    5/5 stars

    This was the highlight of my trip! Everyone was super welcoming and accommodating! I learned so much about the local cultures and history and got a good bit of nature outside of the city. Great hike and great lunch packed up in banana leaves :)

    By: | posted Fri 1 Dec, 2017

    5/5 stars

    We had a great time! Our guide, Dui, was thoughtful and knowledgeable.

    By: | posted Mon 10 Apr, 2017

    4/5 stars

    What little we could do of our trip we enjoyed. We weren't able to hike at all or visit one of the villages because I got very sick that morning and we had to return home. Unfortunately we weren't allowed to reschedule for the next day because local tribal guides had already been deployed and needed to be paid. We understand and accept this. The two hours we were able to spend with our guide Dui were pleasant and we really liked him and the driver. We were disappointed we weren't able to do the hiking and complete our entire day. We hope to return some day. Thank you.

    Tour details in short:

    • Duration: Half day or full day
    • Type: Private tour
    • Group size: 1 or more people
    • Grade: moderate
    • Transport: a/c minibus
    • Half day price: 620 - 2,500 Baht/person
    • Half day hours: 8 am to 12 pm
    • Full day price: 1,050 - 3,600 Baht/person
    • Full day hours: 8 am to 5 - 6 pm

    Things to bring:

    • Hiking shoes with good grip
    • Sun cream
    • Sun glasses
    • Small backpack
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