Journey Above The Clouds: Hiking Thailand's Tallest Peak
Located just two hours outside the city of Chiang Mai, Doi Inthanon is Thailand’s highest peak. Named for the last king of Chiang Mai, the mountain rises 8,415 feet above the rest of the Doi Inthanon national park. If you’re looking for a way to get away from the busy (and hot) city, its climb is one of the most comfortable and picturesque hikes in the world, full of breathtaking views of Thailand’s natural beauty and monuments to the country’s royal majesty.
Using your own two feet on the lovely Giew Mae Pan Nature Trail, or driving to the summit along the winding mountain road, you’ll find the lush oak and palm forests give way to verdant rolling hills as you approach.
Soon, you’ll find yourself with fluffy white company. As you continue to make your way through the clouds, the view of terrestrial beauty below you slowly gives way to something altogether more heavenly.
The main road to the summit is also home to twin chedis, the Thai variant of the Buddhist stupa, built to commemorate the 60th birthdays of both Queen Sirikit and the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej. The gold topped pagodas tower over the valley below, reflecting sunlight at the top of the world.
For those who aren’t afraid of a hike, or a drive, Doi Inthanon is home to some of the most stunning views in Thailand. The mountain’s prime location in the north of the country and comfortable year round temperature (around 15 degrees Celsius or 60 Fahrenheit) make it an incomparable way to spend a day that will make all your social media followers jealous.