Doi Inthanon and Wachirathan Waterfall, Chiang Mai, Thailand

Doi Inthanon Mountain and National Park

Doi Inthanon is the highest peak in Thailand standing at 2,565 meters above sea level. It is situated around 40km from Chiang Mai and is actually part of the Himalayan mountain range that stretches from Nepal to Burma to Northern Thailand.

Doi Inthanon, Chiang Mai, Thailand’s highest peak, at the foot is Doi Inthanon Park and is a pleasant and beautiful place to while away a day. (‘Doi’ is the northern Thai word for ‘mountain’)

The misty peaks of Doi Inthanon, Chiang Mai, Thailand’s highest peak

In front of one the temples on the top of Doi Inthanon:

With its biological diversity, thick forest canopy shrouded in mist and its abundance of wildlife the national park is impressive. It’s a great place for a pleasant stroll or harder hike with its many scenic waterfalls, steep cliffs and different rock formations. Plus because of its cooler temperatures it can be a welcome break from the sweltering heat below during the Summer months. Even a jacket can be warranted on the top as temperatures can drop to as low as zero degrees. The day we visited it was 10 degrees while below at ground level was its usual 34 degrees.

The misty peaks of Doi Inthanon, Chiang Mai, Thailand’s highest peak


Wachirathan Waterfall


Leaving Doi Inthanon and driving back to Chiang Mai we stoped off at Wachirathan Waterfall.

Of all the waterfalls we saw in Doi Inthanon National Park, we felt this one was the most impressive; purely because of its power and volume. The day we visited, we were still in dry season and so the waterfall was split into two smaller falls. I can only imagine during wet season its power and volume would be even more impressive. You can get really close too which is always great and even sit on dryer rocks just slightly downstream from it. A very nice and relaxing experience to sit underneath a 80metre high waterfall as spray and mist fall around you.

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