Mountains of Thailand - trekking and sightseeing


The stereotypical view of Thailand is limited to beaches and islands. Nevertheless, the territory of the country, which is not connected to the sea, is of no less interest, and for many people even more.


  • DOI INTHANON. Chiang Mai
  • DOI TUNG. Chiang Rai
  • DOI PHA HOM POK. Chiang Mai
  • PHU SOI DAO. Uttaradit
  • DOI CHIANG DAO. Chiang Mai
  • KHAO LUANG. Nakhon Si Thammarat

In places-especially in the north, a little in the west, and very little in the southeast-Thailand is mountainous and hilly, full of mesmerizing views, fog, and birdsong at dawn.


Doi Inthanon is the highest mountain in the country (2,565 m) and a popular tourist spot in Chiang Mai. Its unofficial name is "the roof of Thailand. However, for a full-fledged trekking Doi Inthanon is not quite suitable. You don't have to climb up here: there is an asphalt road leading to the very top.


At the top, during daylight hours, there is always a crowd of tourists taking pictures. Although the view from the top is not the best compared to many of the mountains reviewed in this review. The scenery of Doi Inthanon itself is picturesque: there are trails not used by tourists, beautiful waterfalls, and royal chedis.

  • The entrance fee is 200 baht.


The region where Doi Tung is located is interesting in itself. It is located on the border of Thailand, Burma and Laos, at the tip of the so-called Golden Triangle. On Doi Tung Mountain there is a temple built in the 10th century, which is a Buddhist shrine and place of pilgrimage. There are also scattered settlements of the indigenous tribes of Shana, Akha and Lahu. In the second half of the 20th century, these tribes cultivated poppy and produced opium, supplying it worldwide.


In addition, on the mountain there is the Royal Villa, where the mother of the previous princess Somdei Pra Srinagarindra lived. The villa now houses a museum and a botanical garden adjacent to it.

In general, Doi Tung is an interesting tourist destination with a long history. The altitude is low - 1,389 m. No permits and escorts are required for the ascent. The road uphill is treaded and not difficult.

  • Free admission, except for the entrance to the Royal Villa - 80 baht.


Doi Pha Hom Pok is the second highest peak in Thailand (2,285 m). It is located in the park of the same name on the border with Burma. It is not often visited by tourists, which is why these places are considered good for the practice of trekking. The area is not very wooded, there are paved trails.


All participants must obtain permission to ascend from the park administration, which is located nearby - in Fang. It is also a prerequisite for the ascent to be accompanied by a guide.

  • The fee for being in the park is 300 baht.


In another northern province, located in the Nan River valley, you can climb Phu Soi Dao. The mountain is the highest peak of the Luang Prabang Massif, which stretches along the Thai-Lao border and is part of the national park of the same name.


The territory of the park is covered with dense forest, which is cut by numerous rivers. The area is not easily accessible, so a variety of fauna has been preserved here. To climb Phu Soi Dao (2,120 m), you will need to cover 6.5 km, which will take at least 6 hours. All in all, it is a real tropical trekking experience.

  • The fee to visit Phu Soi Dao Park is 40 baht.


Doi Chiang Dao is the third highest peak in Thailand (2175 m). The karst massif, of which it is the peak, was formed about 250 million years ago. Both during the ascent to the mountain and on the summit, there are stunning panoramas of the Ao Salung Valley and other peaks of the mountain range.

DSC07460 top view

Mount Doi Chiang Dao is interesting from the point of view of the practice of climbing. You may not need a mountaineering qualification, but you can't do without a guide. First of all, for the safety of trekking. The Chiang Dao National Park administration does not allow unaccompanied people to climb to the summit.

  • The entrance fee to the National Park is 200 baht.


Phu Kradueng (1,316 m) in the northeastern province of Loei is shaped like a bell: its top is a flat plateau. The mountain is covered on all sides by evergreen forests, followed by open grasslands. The area is home to elephants and macaques, and there are many different kinds of birds. Phu Kradueng is a popular place for trekking. On the mountain organized tent camping, where anyone can stay. However, there are few tourists here, as the province itself is not a tourist destination.


From July to September it rains in the area. During this time, Phu Kradueng is closed to the public. During the rest of the nine months, however, the climate is very pleasant and not too hot, although it is quite windy at the top of the mountain and you can't do without warm clothes. However, the last tip applies to the entire province: the temperature difference in the area can be significant even in the lowlands.

  • The entrance fee to the park is 400 baht.


Khao Luang (1,780 m) is located in the south of Thailand in the national park of the same name, located in Nakhon Si Thammarat province on the Gulf of Thailand. The mountain is covered with evergreen forests. It is very humid, constant fog, from May to December it rains so that at this time here can not pass. But at the beginning of the dry season in the park and on the mountain you can see a real tropical riot of life and colors. The area is home to 327 species of animals and over 300 species of orchids.

Trekking in Khao Luang at this time of year is extremely popular. Services for the organization and accompaniment offer numerous tour operators. As a rule, such a trip lasts for 3 days with two overnight stays in the park.

  • The entrance fee is 200 baht.

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