Doi Inthanon National park + Pagodas + Waterfalls + Highest Point in Thailand + Walk with Elephants + Karen Homestay
2 days $170*
*minimum 2 people
Spend a day at Doi Inthanon National Park. Doi Inthanon features the highest point in Thailand, 2,565 m above sea level, and a cloud forest supporting a range of animal species, including over 360 bird species. This destination is a must for nature lovers and photographers. With private car service, you can spend time on locations that matter to you.
The beautiful jungle hills that border Chiang Mai city eventually lead to Doi Inthanon National park. This spectacular range of mountains features Thailand’s highest peak, 2,565 metres above sea level.
Being this close to the clouds, Doi Inthanon enjoys cool weather year-round, creating an unusual ecosystem: a cloud forest. In the ancient woods, moss cloaks tree trunks and branches and the vegetation is often shrouded in a soft mist. These hilltops are home to many animal species who need the more temperate climate.
You will be driven to the park’s highest peak. We will pass pass incredible vistas where crops and villages make a gorgeous patchwork over the hillsides the clouds scrape the tallest trees. At the top of the mountain, you can wander through a cloud forest trail and visit the glittering pagodas which were built to honour the Thai royal family. You will have opportunities to photograph the wide panoramas offered by this unparalleled viewpoint and explore bright flower beds full of exotic plants.
We will also take you to a waterfall where you can rest, swim and listen to the relaxing sounds of the jungle.
Later, you will drive south to Chai Lai Sisters where you will be enveloped in the peace and calm of a pristine natural environment. You will be able to relish your traditional dinner by candlelight, without the distractions of electricity or wifi.
In the morning after a breakfast of locally provided fresh foods, you can explore the Chai Lai Sisters site, take a moment to linger over coffee or enjoy the chance to bathe in our secluded waterfall. Then we will help you to track down the retired elephants and you can spend time walking alongside them… you will treasure the unhurried opportunity to interact with these majestic animals.
After refreshments, we will say our goodbyes to this jungle retreat and return through the hills to your hotel.
Lunch, dinner and breakfast, water, private car, guide, soap and towels
WHAT TO BRING
Comfortable athletic clothing, athletic shoes with good grip, overnight wear, toiletries, changes of clothes, bug spray, sunscreen, flash light, bathing suit, fully charged devices and or extra batteries, cash for personal expenses like drinks and souvenirs.
*This tour provides you with a private guide and car. You can take the day at your own pace and help the guide adapt it to suit you.
*The private bamboo huts feature solar power and western style bathroom facilities.
*There is no wifi connectivity at Chai Lai Sisters
Take in the beautiful surrounding from a unique perspective, the river. You will pass farms and jungle nature preserves where trees canopy over the river. In rain season, the water is swift and you will see some rapids. In the dry season the river is clear and relaxing. If you are lucky you can see Kingfisher birds and even elephants coming down to the river to drink. The ride is 1 hour. 600 thb (for 2 people, includes raft driver)
Swim with Elephants
Thailand is hot so elephants love to get in the water to cool down. In the afternoon you will learn about elephants, feed them and bathe them in the river. There are several baby elephants you can interact with, feed and take photos with. 1500 thb