Kio Mae Pan Trail

MODERATE 2 reviews

Kio Mae Pan Trail is a 3.2 kilometer moderately trafficked loop trail located near Ban Khun Klang, Chiang Mai, Thailand that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
3.2 km
ELEVATION GAIN
238 m
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

scenic driving

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

bugs

historic site

Also known as "The Roof of Thailand", Doi Inthanon National Park covers an area of 482 km² in Chiang Mai province north of Thailand. The park is part of the Himalayan mountain range, elevation ranges between 800 and 2565 meters with the highest peak at Doi Inthanon which is the highest mountain in Thailand. Due to the high altitude, the park has high humidity and cold weather all year round. The average daily temperatures are normally around 10-12 °C. The main attractions of the park are the summit of Doi Inthanon for its spectacular views of early morning, several waterfalls, few trails and the two chedis (stupas) dedicated to the king and queens 60th birthday anniversaries. Most of the waterfalls within the park have relatively good flow of water all year round but the best season for water flow is during the rainy season from May to November. One of seasonal attractions of the park is the blossoms of Siamese sakura flowers covering trees in pink during late January and Februari. The park is also one of top destination in the country for birders. Doi Inthanon is named in honour of the king Inthawichayanon, one of the last kings of Chiang Mai, who was concerned about the forests in the north of Thailand and wanted to preserve it. After his death his remains was placed in the park as he ordered and the forest was renamed to Doi Inthanon. Doi Inthanon Summit Located at km 48 at the end of road 1009, with 2565 meters above the sea level it is the highest peak in Thailand. There is a shorter nature trail opposit the ranger station on the main road to a sphagnum bog, a good location for birdwatching of some exciting highland birds. Phra Mahathat Naphamethanidon and Nophamethanidon Two Chedis on the main road 5 km wouth from the top of the main summit of Doi Inthanon. Naphamethinidon, meaning 'by the strength of the land and air' was build in 1987 to honour 60th birthday aniversary of King Bhumibol Adulyadej. Naphaphonphumisiri, meaning 'being the strength of the air and the grace of the land' was build in 1992 to honour 60th birthday anniversary of Queen Sirikit. Kaew Mae Pan Nature Trail Starting from the main road just few hundred meters north of the two chedis, this 2.5 km long circular trail must be accompanied by a Hmong Tribe guide. The hike is moderate to walk, clear and well maintained. Part of the trail is along a mountain ridge with beautiful view over west. The very rare Chinese gorals are relatively common along this trail but sighting is rare, a lot of attempts needed to eventually see one. It costs 200 THB to hire a guide, there are always few of them waiting at the trailhead on the main road. Birdwatching Due to many resident birds Doi Inthanon is a good place to see birds most of the year apart from July to October. The best time is around February to April when the big winter migration to Thailand happens which also is the breeding period. Waterfalls Doi Inthanon National Park has number of waterfalls, most of them easily accessible from the main road through the national park, only few hundred meters off from the road. The waterflow is good all year round but most impressive during the rainy season May to November. During the cold and hot seasons the water is more clear and more suitable for swimming if possible. Mae Ya Waterfall A cascading waterfall plunging from several tiers over 250 meters, but the main tier that tourists see once they get there is a 40 to 50 meters high. This nearly 100 meters wide tier has quite an impressive view. The nearly 250 meters high and 450 meters wide carcading Thi Lo Su Waterfall in Tak Province is claimed to be the "biggest" in Thailand. The highest single tier fall in Doi Inthanon National Park is is Mae Pan, read below.

hiking
8 months ago

If you happen to be in north Thailand, take the time to visit Doi Inthanon National Park. The drive from Chiang Mai is not far, and is quite scenic. Doi Inthanon is the highest point in Thailand. As implausible as this might sound, make sure to take a jacket with you, as it can get quite chilly at the top during certain times of the year. There are several different hikes that you can do in this area. There are some trails through the jungle, and there are some nice trails through magnificient flower gardens. The views are some of the best you will find in Thailand.

hiking
11 months ago