Doi Inthanon National Park Part B – The King and Queen Pagodas, markets and more / Chiang Mai
Doi Inthanon National Park is one of the most famous parks in northern Thailand. It is located in Chiang Mai province, some 60 km away from the city of Chiang Mai. The national park is also known as “Thailand’s Roof” as it features the highest mountain in the country – Doi Inthanon mountain, which towers to the height of 2,565 meters.
Doi Inthanon National Park is very popular among locals and tourists alike, who come here to enjoy the fresh, cool air, the beauty and serenity of the park, the lovely waterfalls and the terraced rice fields on the mountainsides, among other things.
The national park also features several villages of the local Karen and Hmong tribes who practice agriculture (coffee plantations, strawberry fields, rice, flowers and more) as well as hosting visitors (Home Stay) in humble cabins.
Please take into consideration that the place is rather chilly throughout most of the year, and particularly during the winter – when it can get very cold. So, I recommend bringing warm clothes with you when visiting there, especially at the mountain top.
An Important Note: Do not visit the north of Thailand from March – May/June. The heat is unbearable, the nature is all dry and yellow, frequent fires in forests and fields create haziness and very poor air quality – to the extent of causing lung diseases. If you are traveling during this time of the year, I strongly advise you to visit other regions of Thailand – the center and the south – where the weather is considerably better.
Doi Inthanon National Park is full of attractions, so I’ve divided the review into 2 parts – A & B
Part A: Walking track, waterfalls and Doi Inthanon mountain top : link to part A
Part B: The King and Queen Pagodas , the Royal Project, local markets and more
The King and Queen Pagodas
Phra Mahathat Naphamethanidon and Nophamethanidon are 2 spectacular pagodas that were built for the Thai king & queen’s birthday. The King and Queen Pagodas – royal pagodas are located some 3 km ahead of Doi Inthanon mountain top; they were built on 2 adjacent hills, and in between them, lays a beautiful garden. The area provides an excellent vantage point on its lovely surroundings.
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My opinion: The King and Queen Pagodas – A must see when visiting Doi Inthanon National Park
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The Royal Project
Located in Doi Inthanon National park, at Khun Klang village to be exact, the Royal Project was designed to teach the local villagers – from the Karen and Hmong tribes – to practice modern agriculture, rather than focus on the opium crops that were common in the past yet became illegal as time passed. The Royal Project was established in 1979, and is a lovely, beautiful site to visit; it contains delightful gardens, lakes, flowers and various other crops.
My opinion: a lovely site to stop by when visiting Doi Inthanon National Park
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The local Karen and Hmong are mountain tribes which originally came from Burma (Myanmar) and reside in Doi Inthanon National Park area. On the side of the roads across the region, you’ll find local markets where theses villagers present the unique products they prepare, so you can watch, taste and purchase some of the special local commodities and dishes.
My opinion: Stopping by the local markets is a very nice experience, which takes place during our luxury tours to Doi Inthanon National Park
♥ A visit to a local market is included in Tiptop Travel private quality tours to Doi Inthanon National Park and northern Thailand.
The visit to Doi Inthanon National Park is included in Tiptop Travel private quality tours to northern Thailand and includes the following attractions/activities:
· A relaxed 2-hour walking track along a beautiful waterfall
· The King and Queen Pagodas
· The Royal Project
· A visit to the Doi Inthanon mountain top
· A visit to Wachiratan waterfalls
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♣ Check out the attached clip of the rafting experience which I took on site on early March (when the water level was already low)…Enjoy!