Doi Suthep-Pui National Park trekking
This tour is available all year round.
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.
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.
Our guide and driver will pick you up with an a/c minivan from your hotel 8 a.m. and drive you to Doi Suthep Temple in early morning to avoid the daily crowds. The temple is 300 steps up, it has a majestic view over Chiang Mai and surrounding area.
Next, we continue to the popular Doi Pui Village near the top of Doi Pui (Doi means mountain in Northern Thai dialect), the village had a turbulent history of opium cultivation. After walking around in the village we will meet a local Hmong guide who will accompany us on a 6 hour long hike through forest and impressive viewpoints. Along the way we will stop by at few Hmong villages which attract very few tourists, our local guide will share his knowledge about the Hmong community and the nature in the national park. We will gradually walk uphill to a viewpoint with an impressive view on both sides of the mountain. After stopping briefly to look at a footprint of Buddha, we will enjoy a picnic lunch at a nearby scenic spot.
After the lunch we will continue the hike through the forest to Ban Mae Sa Mai which is the largest Hmong village in Northern Thailand. This village too gets very few visitors, here we will visit the small Hmong museum and get a brief info about a project managed by the forest restoration unit of Chiang Mai University.
At the end of the tour you will be returned to your hotel in Chiang Mai.
Note: Due to various reasons out of our control we may have to adjust this itinerary. We always make sure the quality of this tour and your safety is safeguarded on any eventual alteration of the itinerary.
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.
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!
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Tour rates include:
- Entrance fees
- English speaking guide
- Transportation by AC minibus
- Local Hmong guide
- Thai picnic lunch
- Drinking water
- Tree and plant leaflet
- Information leaflet on Doi Suthep-Pui National Park and on the Hmong tribe
- Donation of 5 USD per person to the FORRU project
- Other drinks except water
- Personal expenses
Reviews from our guests
We appreciate your feedback after the tour when booking with us.
By: Sascha and Natty, Germany | posted Thu 22 Mar, 2018
Many thanks to Jum and Gaeo for the wonderful trip. We book an one-day safari with night tour. This was the first time we were in the jungle and it was thrilling. Jum has a lot of knowledge which was very interesting to us. We saw animals we usually would have overlooked. We had nice foods, snack and plenty of water because Jum and Gaeo took care of us. They brought a telescope and binoculars which were essential for seeing the wildlife. We wish Jum and Gaeo all the best and fully recommended joining their tour.
By: Aryn Lipnicki, United States | posted Mon 19 Mar, 2018
I recently traveling to Thailand for about a week and had the opportunity to spend one of the days during out trip exploring Khao Yai National Park with Ton as our tour guide. I can honestly say that our day to the park was the highlight of my trip!
Ton was extremely knowledgable about the park and its wildlife, while also being a kind and fun tour guide throughout the day. Ton helped us see a wide variety of birds, a number of snakes and lizards, as well as quite a view mammals throughout the day as we drove around in a safari vehicle and did some hiking. I had also recently purchased a new camera that I am still learning how to use, and Ton was extremely kind and went about and beyond in helping me to use my camera to get some great photos of the animals that we were seeing!
I would highly recommend a visit to Khao Yai and a tour with Ton to anyone going to Thailand who enjoys wildlife and the outdoors.
By: Veronica Ruvalcaba Macias, Germany | posted Sun 18 Mar, 2018
Good Atention and excellent service level. The guide is really friendly and have good knowledge.
By: Marta Glogowska, Poland | posted Sat 17 Mar, 2018
Visiting Kui Buri National Park with our 2 kids (1 year and 3 years) was an amazing experience and definitely highlight of our holiday in Thailand. Our guide was very knowledgeable and patient with spotting animals. In fact, we believe that he was the reason why we were able to see 10 elephants and several other animals during our trip. Additionally we highly assess their flexibility. They knew that we’re family with little kids so they sugessted we can make our trip shorter as March tends to be hot and animals would probably show up only later in the afternoon. This way we saved our kids an hour waiting in the sun while still saw many animals. Our kids were crazy about this trip!
Tour operator's response
Thanks Marta for your kind words.
Good to hear you and your kids enjoyed the trip in Kui Buri.
By: Roxana V, Romania | posted Sat 17 Mar, 2018
We loved the day trip to Doi Inthanon - we had nice weather, enjoyed the beautiful view of the 2 pagodas, the amazing waterfalls and also got a chance to see rice paddies and a coffee plantation.
Our guide was really nice, friendly and patient. Everything went super smooth and
We recommend the tour full heartedly.
By: Aviya Oz, Israel | posted Sat 17 Mar, 2018
We had 1.5 day trip and it was amazing. In the first day we saw millions of bats, really crazy. The second full day was inside the park with very nice and super professional guide that took us into the wild jungle of the National Park and knew exactly where to find all the wild life. I’ve had perfect English and we were only 4 people in the tour so it was just perfect. Thank you Jay (we called him “National Jay-ographic” 😝) and thanks for Thai National Park tours. It was really nice organized!
By: Audrius Balaisis, Lithuania | posted Fri 16 Mar, 2018
The trip was awesome! First, we had the best guide Ghaan. Her english was perfect, she was always on time, full of energy, well informed, helpful. She made sure that we had the best possible experience! Transport service and the driver were very good, as well as the food that we had. I was also positively impressed by the park itself. I have beet to a number of national parks in the US, India and China and Khao Yai is one of the best. I will certainly recommend the part and your firm to others. If you want more information about our experience, do not hesitate to ask :) Best regards! Audrius
By: Daniel HARDY, France | posted Thu 15 Mar, 2018
We enjoyed a lot our excursion.
The schedule were respected.
The guide was very kind and clear in his explanation and the driver was also very good.
By: Alex, Germany | posted Sun 11 Mar, 2018
We had the 2,5 days trip. It was very great! We haven seen a lot of wild animals and our guides told us many about the animals and the trees. It was fantastic!
By: Sue Dion, United States | posted Thu 8 Mar, 2018
We loved our hike! Our guide was informative and helpful. The Park was lovely too.