Best national parks in Chiang Mai

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Explore the most popular national parks in Chiang Mai with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.
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Best national parks (5)
#1 - Doi Suthep–Pui National Park
Chiang Mai, Thailand
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Formerly known as Doi Oi Chang, Doi Suthep National Park was renamed after a hermit who practiced meditation on these mountains hundreds of years ago. This park is highly trafficked by tourists visiting Chang Mai as it is close to Wat Phratat Doi Suthep, a very famous temple and the Chang Mai Zoo which is home to pandas. Doi Suthep-Pui features lush rainforests and a large amount of biodiversity. Visitors can expect to see over 200 bird species and the occasional Phayre’s Leaf-monkey. This park is also home to a few waterfalls which include: Montha Than Waterfall, Mae Sa Waterfall, and Huai Kaeo Waterfall (this waterfall has a legendary love story about the lady of Chang Mai). Make sure to check out the peaks Doi Pui (the tallest), Doi Suthep, and Doi Buak Ha for amazing views!Show more
#2 - Doi Inthanon National Park
Chiang Mai, Thailand
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Doi Inthanon National Park, also known as "the roof of Thailand," is located in the northern region of the country in the Chiang Mai Province. It covers an area of 482 square kilometers and houses the highest mountain in Thailand, Doi Inthanon. The park is known for several popular attractions, including: the summit of Doi Inthanon, several waterfalls, trails, two chedis, and the blossoms of Siamese sakura flowers (January and February). Doi Inthanon is also a good place to go birdwatching except from July through October. The waterfalls flow all year long with the most impressive falls during the rainy season (May to November). Mae Ya Waterfall is a cascading wonder and is said to be 250m high and 100m wide. Show more
#3 - Ob Khan National Park
Chiang Mai, Thailand
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Featuring mountains made of limestone and rock, Ob Khan National Park is the only place where visitors can see Dendrobium Wardianum bloom during January in Thailand. This is popular and known for Ob Khan, a small but steep cliff that overlooks the Mae Kan River. This park is also the source of water for Win River, Kan River, and Wang River. Make sure to also check out the various waterfalls located in this park for stunning views and serene beauty. You will not be disappointed! Ob Khan is also home to a variety of flora and fauna, especially tree species. Visitors can find pine trees, evergreens, and much more within the park. Other attractions include: Pha Toob, Huai Ya Sai, Tukgataen Cave, and Mae To hot springs.Show more
#4 - Si Lanna National Park
Chiang Mai, Thailand
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Home to rich forests and rugged mountain ranges, Si Lanna National Park features scenic views, waterfalls, and interesting rock formations created out of limestone, sandstone, and shale. Ping River and Mae Ngat River located within the park are sources of water for a variety of tributaries. This park also contains the Mae Ngat Irrigation Reservoir, which encompasses the forest areas. This reservoir is known to have a soothing environment making it a great place for rest and relaxation. Looking for a hike? Head on over to the tallest peak in the park, Doi Chom Hot. The trails to the peak provide hikers stunning views of the forest and beyond. More attractions in this park include: the Mon Hin Lai Waterfall and the Nong Pha Cave, which contains stalactite, stalagmite, and is a home to bats.Show more
#5 - Mae Wang National Park
Chiang Mai, Thailand
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Mae Wang National Park is located within the complex mountains of the Thanon Thongchai hill range. This park is heavily covered by a mixture pine and montane rain forest species. These forests feed into a variety of rivers such as Mae Wang, Mae Tung, and Mae Cham. With the environments that the forests bring to this park, biodiversity here is large. Visitors can expect to see a multitude of wildlife and flora. Mae Wang is also home to stunning waterfalls, check out Mae Puai, Pha Mon, and Pla Duk Daeng. Other attractions here include: Doi Pha Tang, Kio Suea Ten, and Pha Cho, a cliff with great views!Show more