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Doi Suthep-Pui National Park



 


What :

The twin granite peaks of Doi Suthep-Pui National Park offer the best views of Chiang Mai’s breathtaking natural splendor.

The sacred summits of Doi Suthep and Doi Pui mountains reach over 5,000 feet into the sky, and the park that shares their name covers more than 160 miles of forests that hundreds of species of birds, plants, and animals call home.

Near Doi Suthep’s peak, Wat Phra That Doi Suthep’s golden chedi - built in 1383 A.D. - is a shining beacon for Buddhist pilgrims and travelers on luxury tours of Thailand. The chedi is believed to contain a bone relic from Buddha. Visitors and pilgrims can hike the 306 steps flanked by a pair of golden naga (snake deities) to the temple near the summit, or take a cable car.

Not far from the temple, the royal family’s winter palace, Phra Tamnak Phu Phing, is often open to travelers on Thailand tours hoping to see its famous dancing fountains, and stroll through the well-kept temperate gardens. Hmong hill tribes also dot the forested areas, and several of them are welcoming to travelers looking to take a step off the beaten path.

Some 300 species of bird call the mountain park home and thousands of species of flowers and ferns bloom in the often misty forests on the slopes. When the annual rains come so many butterflies dot the landscape that it seems like flowers are floating through the air.

Hiking trails wind through the forests, and waterfalls like Nam Tok Wang Bua Bahn course through the mountain before collecting into refreshing pools that are swimmable year-round.


When :

Chiang Mai’s best weather is November to January. The rains June to October fill the forests around the mountains with life, and the hottest weather in the region is March through May.


Where :

Dominating the skyline of Chiang Mai City in Thailand’s northernmost province, Doi Suthep-Pui’s mountains and forests can be easily reached by private vehicle using the parks well-tended roads in about a half-hour.


Who :

Nature lovers and cultural enthusiast find plenty of enjoyment in this beautiful park on the edge of Chiang Mai City.


Appropriate Attire :

Dress for a hike for most excursions in the park and bring a swimsuit for a post trek dip in the waterfall pools. If you’re planning to visit Wat Phra That Doi Suthep or the royal family’s winter palace, the strict dress code requires shoulders, arms, and knees to be covered.


Guest Reviews :

 
 

Candace Washington - October 2013

If you want to get the most out of your trip to Thailand and have a personalized experience that you will enjoy the entire way, book with Easy Tours of Thailand. We had a fantastic time.

The Thai food was amazing and our guide knew the best local and authentic places to dine. The amount of knowledge and insight our guide had about each site, and Thai culture overall, was so helpful. We could have visited these sites on our own, but having our guide along the way really gave us an entirely different perspective and made our experiences seem "full."

Our guides made sure we arrived to popular sites ahead of big tour groups so that we could get the best photo ops (they acted as great amateur photographers too!), and also guided us to amazing 'off the beaten track' areas that I am so glad we didn't miss. We saw everything we wanted to see and more. From the moment we were picked up from our hotel in the morning everything was expertly taken care of the whole way.

We were also provided a private driver and vehicle that was air conditioned (very important!) and safely driven. All things considered, the price of the tour is very reasonable and well worth the money.

I would highly recommend Easy Tours of Thailand to anyone thinking about doing a similar tour.

 
 

 


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