Doi Suthep-Pui National Park

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 best 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 in all directions. Due to high altitudes, the park has cooler weather all year round.

The park is also home to the biggest Hmong community in Northern Thailand.

What?

A day trip to the park includes visiting Doi Suthep Temple and hiking along one of the best trails in the Chiang Mai area, with good views over surrounding areas and through some Hmong villages. There will be less driving, less attractions visiting 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 tour options include transportation, entrance fees to the temple and water. Only the full day service includes lunch & coffee/tea.

If because of unforeseen reasons any of the trails are closed, alternative trails will be offered by the guide. This may happen during the rainy seasons.

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

Monk's trail
Hiking Doi Suthep-Pui

Half day tour

A half day 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, and ends at Doi Suthep Temple. The trail is about 6 km long and takes about 1.5-2 hours to walk.
  • Once arriving at the temple you could spend a bit of 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 Monthathan 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 of time will be spent at the waterfall to enjoy the falls.
  • Once arriving at the temple you could spend a bit of 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 half day price options listed below. Visiting the waterfall also means a +100 Baht per person national park entrance fee must be paid.

Full day tour

The full day tour option includes 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 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.

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 - 3,900 Baht/person
  • Full day hours: 8 am to 5 - 6 pm

What to bring:

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

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!

A child up to 4 years old is free of charge. Two or more children up to 4 years old will be charged differently, depending on the number of adults and group size, mainly because a minivan may be needed. Children 5-8 years old will be charged on a cheaper rate, that too depends on the number of adults and group size. Please send an inquiry to clarify.

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
Pax Half day Full day
1 2,500 THB 3,900 THB
2 1,400 THB 2,300 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)
  • Coffee or tea (full day only)
  • Drinking water
  • Snacks
  • Insurance

Optional charges

  • Montrathan Falls; +300 Baht ranger cost (per group) and +100 Baht national park entrance fee (per person)
  • Montrathan Falls; +400 Baht more will add to the half day tour because the tour will get around 5 to 5.5 hours long