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: 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: Sarah Petty, United States | posted Tue 6 Mar, 2018
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: Merilyn Huay Sian Lim, Singapore | posted Fri 1 Dec, 2017
We had a great time! Our guide, Dui, was thoughtful and knowledgeable.
By: Marcia Butler, United States | posted Mon 10 Apr, 2017
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.