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Admiring Natural Heights at Doi Inthanon

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Chiang Mai, Thailand
Admiring Natural Heights at Doi Inthanon
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icon7 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

Explore the mountainous scenery, religious monuments, and fascinating hill tribe culture near Doi Inthanon, Thailand’s highest peak, during this 8.5-hour day trip. During your visit you’ll hike to Wachirathan Waterfall, visit the mountain summit, visit a Karen hill tribe village and tour the twin pagodas of Phra Mahathat Napha Methanidon and Phra Mahathat Naphaphon Phumisiri.
  • Explore the region surrounding Doi Inthanon, Thailand's highest peak
  • Enjoy the cooler climate, evergreen forests and hundreds of native bird species that call the region home
  • Admire the views from the summit and see the stupa dedicated to King Inthawichayanon
  • Visit the 'twin pagodas' dedicated to the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej and Queen Sirikit
  • Take a short hike to the Wachirathan Waterfall
  • Excursion includes lunch at a local restaurant
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A full day tour with a professional English-speaking guide.
Transportation by air-conditioned vehicle with professional driver.
All entrance fees for visits as mentioned in the description.
All applicable taxes and service charges
Lunch at a local restaurant is included (food only)
Personal expenses such as meals, drinks, tips and gratuities, shopping, portage fees
Hotel accommodation in the destination of commencement.
Compulsory Christmas, country-specific festival and/or New Year dinner at included hotels
Single supplement charges for single travellers, where applicable
Any airline tickets, visa fees, additional transportation cost from and to the general meeting point
Transfers from any airport or resorts located outside the general pick-up and drop-off locations
Travel insurance coverage for customers (highly recommendable)

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Hotel pickup is available from most centrally located Chiang Mai hotels. Transfer outside these areas, supplements apply.

Departure Time

8:30 AM
Receive a morning pickup from your Chiang Mai hotel, after which you’ll drive through the alpine environment near Doi Inthanon on your way to the mountain peak.

As you ascend toward the 8,514-foot (2,595-meter) summit of the country’s highest point, you’ll enjoy views of dwarf rhododendron groves, evergreen forests, and more than 400 species of birds like Eurasian woodcocks that call the area home. When you arrive at the top, enjoy the cool temperatures and stop by the Air Force Radar Station, where the stupa dedicated to King Inthawichayanon (the last king of Chiang Mai) is located.

Proceed to Phra Mahathat Napha Methanidon and Phra Mahathat Naphaphon Phumisiri, two twin pagodas constructed in honor of the ‘fifth cycle’ birthdays of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej and Queen Sirikit. Continue to a nearby village of the Karen tribe where you’ll stop for an included lunch at a local restaurant. Finish the day with a short hike to the Wachirathan Waterfall, and, if time permits, a stop in the town of Chom Thong. You’ll be back at your hotel in Chiang Mai by the early evening.
Itinerary
Pass By:  
Chiang Mai
The tour starts with enjoying mountainous scenery on the way up to the National Park and preserved forest that runs all the way to the peak of the mountain and offers a very cool climate all year round. The Air Force Radar Station as well as King Inthawichayanon’s stupa is located, commemorating the last king of Chiang Mai. It is known that he was concerned about the importance of forests and wanted to preserve the forests for future generations. Being attached to the area that he asked that part of his ashes be kept here and still bear a special place for the local community that live around the mountain.
Stop At:  
Doi Inthanon
Birders will certainly be pleasantly surprised about the plethora of winged habitants. Doi Inthanon is a site of unique biological interest and supports a fascinating variety of different vegetation types and a higher bird species total than any other protected area. Of the total of 382 species of birds so far known from Doi Inthanon, at least 266 species are residents or were formerly residents on the mountain. Doi Inthanon is of particular conservation importance for those species which inhabit the moist hill evergreen forests of the upper slopes.
Duration: 1 hour 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Phra Maha Dhatu Naphamethinidon and Naphaphonphumisiri Pagoda
Continue to visit Phra Mahathat Napha Methanidon and Phra Mahathat Naphaphon Phumisiri, twin pagodas were built to commemorate the fifth cycle birthdays of King Bhumibol Adulyadej and Queen Sirikit. Both pagodas share the similar bases as well as a two-level walking path that surrounds them. The pagodas enshrine Lord Buddha’s ashes and Buddha images, and overlook the magnificent scenery of Doi Inthanon.
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Ban I Mat-I Sai Hill Tribe Cultural Centre and Karen Village
Then continue to visit Karen hill tribe village and the Royal Project, where lunch will be served.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Wachirathan Falls
Enjoy a short walk to visit Wachirathan Waterfall before we head back to Chiang Mai. If time permits, we stop a local hill tribe village and a temple, containing holy relics in the small town of Chom Thong. We expect to be back at your hotel at around 4 pm.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • This tour is operated on full private basis with English-speaking guide. Other languages are on request / subject to availability and supplementary charges may apply
  • Transfers are only operated within the downtown Chiang Mai areas and restricted to main hotels only. Regions outside the central business district such as Mae Rim, Hang Dong, Doi Saket, Mae Taeng and Chiang Mai International Airport are excluded and supplementary charges apply
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • We will do all possible to comply with any dietary requirements during this excursion; it may not always be possible to confirm your wishes in advance based on the choice of local restaurant.
  • We always will make efforts to confirm the exact pick-up time upon reservation. For any operational issues in which are not able to confirm the exact pick-up time in advance, we reserve the right to inform you the day before the departure of the tour.
  • Please note pickup and drop-off services may not be confirmed for customers staying at private residences, apartment complexes, or other non-registered tourism accommodations. Customers may be asked to meet at a nearby hotel for pick-up and drop off.
  • Natural elements of any kind have a destructive effect on electronic equipment. It is the customer’s own responsibility to ensure that any camera, mobile telephone or other device is properly wrapped and protected against these elements. We cannot be held responsible in any way for negligence and/or not following suggestions for any damage related to this.
  • Please ensure that you bring sunglasses, a hat /cap and sunblock with a high SPF factor when traveling with us on this tour – even when it is cloudy, the sunrays still have an immense power.
  • The protection of the country’s flora and fauna is of immense importance for us. We will not pursue any activities for guests that are not in line with our animal, wildlife and environment protection principles.
  • It is the responsibility of the customer to provide us with the correct hotel information, should pick-up and drop-off services be included in the package. Any changes in accommodation outside 24 hours will be handled accordingly: changes within 24 hours may be on request.
  • In the event of no-show or change of accommodation without prior consent and confirmation from us within 24 hours may result in the applicable cancellation charges as outlined in the terms and conditions.
  • We recommend bringing a light jacket / sweater with you on this tour as part of this excursion brings customers high up in the mountains, where the average temperatures can drop to lower levels.
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY Asian Trails LTD

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Admiring Natural Heights at Doi Inthanon?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Admiring Natural Heights at Doi Inthanon.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Admiring Natural Heights at Doi Inthanon?
A:
The policy on sanitization is:

  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Admiring Natural Heights at Doi Inthanon.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Admiring Natural Heights at Doi Inthanon?
A:
The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Admiring Natural Heights at Doi Inthanon.

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It was interesting to see the hill...
Crystal
, Mar 2018
It was interesting to see the hill tribe but there wasnt much there, just a lot of walking around. The driver managed the roads well, since they were very narrow winding dirt roads near the tribe. The twin pagodas were good to see, very interesting and good for pictures. The tour guide was able to give us a lot of info here. The highest point in Thailand was a little anti-climactic since there wasnt much to do or see and we were only there for a short time. The waterfall was nice and so was the lunch. Just keep in mind that you may not be able to use a western toilet at some points in this tour there was one at the pagodas
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The twin pagodas are most beautiful...
wkajtar
, Jan 2018
The twin pagodas are most beautiful, the view is breathtaking and our guide was most knowledgeable about the history of the region. There was plenty of food at lunch time and our host was most accomodating.
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Toon was our private guide and a...
hfdignan
, Jan 2018
Toon was our private guide and a wealth of information! Ben our driver was very patient with all of the holiday traffic in the national park and kept us safe. We visited the beautiful Pagodas and spent lots of time walking around the perfectly manicured gardens. It was a bit foggy so we didn't get to see the great views but it was still spectacular. We enjoyed two short nature walks by the highest point in Thailand. Lunch tasted like what I imagine Thai truck stop food tastes like, but a nice attempt. We loved the short walk through the Karen village. Enjoyed a cup of coffee with the locals. Then a stop at two beautiful waterfalls. This tour was exactly as described and worth every penny!
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Dear Viator, We have used...
William L
, Nov 2017
Dear Viator, We have used your company for several tours over the years and have been very happy with your company. We were extremely disappointed in the Full-day tour to Doi Inthanon from Chiang Mai. Here are reasons why:         Our tour guide did not speak English well. We had a really difficult time understanding him. He gave us some information in the beginning of the trip, but after that point, we were provided very little information during the entire tour. We had to ask him questions to get any information out of him.         Your website stated that we would also visit the Karen hill tribe village, which we were excited to see the people in their traditional clothes as shown on your website. However, when we stopped at the Karen hill village, we saw very few people. 4 out of the 5 people we saw were in western clothes. There was only one elderly lady we saw that wore traditional clothing. She was weaving on the second floor of her home.         Our guide assured us that our lunch will consist of traditional Northern Thai foods. During our lunch stop, we were provided very bad cafeteria food. The food was not edible and we did not eat lunch. Our guide felt bad and during our stop at Wachirathan waterfall, he paid for our lunch. Overall, this has been the worst tour we had experienced with Viator. We hope that our input will help your company improve future tours for your customers. Sincerely, Bill and Lee
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AWESOME private tour! We got to see...
Greg J
, Oct 2017
AWESOME private tour! We got to see some great sites in a short period of time. Our tour guide, Amorn, went above and beyond to make sure the tour was a success! She spoke very good English and was extremely accommodating for me, my wife, and 1-year old son. I would highly recommend this tour!!!
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This was a private tour which we...
jenamancini
, Apr 2017
This was a private tour which we hadn't originally realized but it was wonderful to be able to go at our own pace. The views were beautiful with amazing temples, botanical gardens and the waterfall. Amorn sp? was our tour guide and she was very knowledgeable. She even looked up which Buddha position represented the day each of us had been born on. We got to see the Karen Village which was very interesting to see how different they lived. The restaurant she took us to on the mountain also had very good food and she gave us several options to choose from. The one downfall of the tour and the reason it is only 4 stars is that on our way back to the hotel our tour guide took us on an extra stop to a gem factory. As soon as we walked in it immediately felt like a scam. They followed us around and wouldn't let us just look at what we wanted to. They also sold ivory items which was very upsetting to me. If she had just stuck to the tour and didn't bring us to this shady store it would have been a 5 star tour.
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Brilliant day visiting Thailand's...
Lorraine C
, Jan 2017
Brilliant day visiting Thailand's highest peak. This was a private tour so just the two of us and our driver and guide. The guide was excellent and was very knowledgeable and told us lots of information. It was unfortunately a rainy day but still beautiful nonetheless. Lunch was very good. Myself and partner loved this trip.
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