Doi Inthanon mountain, the highest in Thailand

Doi Inthanon, in the province of Chiang Mai, with its 2,565 meters, is the highest mountain in Thailand. Its name was given in honor of King Inthawichayanon, one of the last kings of this province, who was concerned about the northern forests and tried to preserve them. Click the link now to see our trekking trips in Thailand! Today the summit represents a popular tourist destination for foreign and Thai tourists, peaking at 12,000 visitors visiting the site, particularly on New Year’s Eve. In addition to several tourist facilities on the summit, there is also a weather radar station, namely the Royal Thai Air Force and also the Thai National Observatory. In 1954, the forests around the mountain were preserved, with the creation of Doi Inthanon National Park, which covers an area of 482.4 km² and extends from the plain at 800m to the top of the mountain. Doi Inthanon mountain, the highest in Thailand Instead on the lower slopes of Doi Inthanon, near the tribal village of Karen Hill, are the Wachirathan Falls, which flow along a granite escarpment. The climate is typically tropical and quite cool on the summit of Doi Inthanon, but in winter temperatures can sometimes drop below freezing. On the main road towards the top of Doi Inthanon, there are also two adjacent stupas, that is structures similar to a mound, belonging to the Buddhist religion and containing relics; one called Naphamethinidon, meaning ‘by the force of the earth and air’ and the other, Naphaphonphumisiri, meaning ‘being the force of air and the grace of the earth’. These temples were built to honor the sixtieth anniversary of Thailand‘s King Bhumibol Adulyadej in 1987 and Queen Sirikit’s sixtieth anniversary in 1992, respectively. Finally, there is also an agricultural station nearby, established by King Bhumibol Adulyadej to help eliminate the cultivation of opium. It contains a rhododendron garden and several greenhouses for the cultivation of ferns, flowering plants, and vegetables. A truly wonderful and spectacular place!

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