Mountains and waterfalls...
Doi Inthanon (Thai: ดอยอินทนนท์) is the highest peak in Thailand at 2,565 metres.
It is located in the northern province of Chiang Mai. The former name, Doi Luang, meaning "royal mountain" in Thai, was changed to Doi Inthanon in honour of Prince Intha Witchayanon, the last king of Chiang Mai, whose ashes were transferred in 1897 near its summit.
The summit of Doi Inthanon is an international tourist destination, with a peak of 12,000 foreign and Thai visitors visiting the summit on New Year's Day.
As well as a tourist site, the summit also has a Royal Thai Air Force weather radar station and the National Thai Observatory (TNO), the main cosmic observation facility of the National Astronomical Research Institute of Thailand (NARIT).
The country's climate is typically tropical but quite cool at the top of Doi Inthanon. In January, the average temperature is 6°C and temperatures can sometimes drop below 0°C. From March to June, temperatures are pleasant, especially at higher altitudes. The rainy season is from April to November. It often rains for more than 2 hours a day.
A very pleasant ride
Here is our walk of the day...
From Chiang Mai, the distance to reach the highest peak in Thailand, Doi Inthanon, is about 110km (about 2 hours if you drive there directly).
This ride makes for a very nice day, and as far as this trip is concerned I will show you step by step what we discovered.
Mae Klang Waterfall
A small restaurant on the water where locals are sitting cross-legged and quenching their thirst in the shade..
En approche du Mont Doi Inthanon
It must be said that the summit itself is quite ugly to visit. I have retrieved here a picture from Google Map showing a small part of the facilities.
I understand that the place is conducive to obtaining a lot of weather information and other very useful given the location of the place ...
We spend here a quarter of an hour, the time to breathe this good fresh air, but the landscape not really enchanting me, I leave in search of places a little more "welcoming".
The Pagoda viewpoint
We left the not very aesthetic summit because of its specific buildings...
We are now on the site of the Pagodas, and as you can see on this picture on the left, an escalator brings you easily to the top of this much more welcoming place.
Arrival at the summit...
If you have to visit this place, you should know that at the end of the road (alt.2560m) is the observatory of Thailand...
These army buildings with a lot of parabolic antennas, very technical, are not very nice to see, you don't really want to stay there.
Well, being at this altitude in Thailand is good, but it's better to go back almost 5 km to get to the big Pagodas...
The altitude is a little lower (2100m) but there, the environment, the structures, the pagodas, the botanical garden are very beautiful to discover at the same time as the absolutely splendid panoramic views.
It is really the tourist place.
We were also lucky to be in the area with beautiful weather and deep blue skies.
Everything has been built quite recently. You will even find escaltors to save you the trouble of climbing stairs...