04/5/12

Doi Inthanon

This map is to help you find your way to Doi Inthanon (double-click or right double-click the map to zoom in or out). Doi Inthanon is located about 90 km south-east of Chiang Mai.


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A visit to Doi Inthanon will take an entire day. In Chiang Mai, from the Airport Shopping Center take highway number 108 and drive south. After about 57 kilometers, near Chom Thong, turn right into highway number 1009. Drive another 48 kilometers along this road to reach the summit.

Along the way up the mountain you will find several signboards pointing to waterfalls. Visit one, and leave one for the afternoon on your way down the mountain.

One of the waterfalls on Doi Inthanon

One of the waterfalls on Doi Inthanon

Before you reach the summit you will first reach the two Napamaytanidol Chedi. It’s a good place to stop and walk around. Climb the stairs to the Chedi and enjoy the view over forest mountains and valleys. Then continue your trip to the summit of Doi Inthanon.

One of the chedi on Doi Inthanon

One of the chedi on Doi Inthanon

Landscape in Doi Inthanon national park

Landscape in Doi Inthanon national park

The road ends near the top of the mountain. On the right side of the road is a small walking path leading to a signboard which give the exact height of the mountain, specified to one tenth of a millimeter. Apparently the mountain is exactly 2565.3341 meters high. More or less.

The highest spot in Thailand

The highest spot in Thailand

Near the parking place you can enjoy a cup of coffee before starting a forest walk on the other side of the road. The trail is clearly marked. Wooden footbridges help you get around easily. It’s a special place with many old trees covered in ferns. The sun shining through the branches creates beautiful lights for photography. Bird lovers will enjoy the walk as many rare birds species live in this forest.

Doi Inthanon fern forest

Fern covered trees in Doi Inthanon forest

03/13/12

Chiang Mai Zoo

This map is to help you find your way to Chiang Mai Zoo (double-click or right double-click the map to zoom in or out). The old city of Chiang Mai is surrounded by a moat covering a square area of about 1.6 by 1.6 kilometers. From the north-west corner of the moat take Huay Kaew road and follow this road for about 3.6 kilometers to reach the zoo. Chiang Mai Zoo is near the Chiang Mai University.


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There are a few good reasons why you want to visit the Chiang Mai zoo. One reason is the Giant Panda, which is an animal so rare that you have probably not seen it yet. And another reason is the new aquarium, which is famous for having the world’s longest tunnel aquarium. Apart from these highlights there are about 400 different animal species to be seen, including koalas, giraffes, lions, elephants and zebras.

03/13/12

Night Safari

This map is to help you find your way to Night Safari (double-click or right double-click the map to zoom in or out). The old city of Chiang Mai is surrounded by a moat covering an area of about 1.6 by 1.6 kilometers. From the west side of this moat take Suthep road and drive until you reach the irrigation canal. Turn left and follow the irrigation canal for about 7 kilometers. Then turn right, crossing the canal, to reach the Night Safari. Next to the Night Safari is the Royal Flora Ratchaphruek.


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03/13/12

Royal Flora Ratchaphruek

This map is to help you find your way to Royal Flora Ratchaphruek (double-click or right double-click the map to zoom in or out). The old city of Chiang Mai is surrounded by a moat covering an area of about 1.6 by 1.6 kilometers. From the west side of this moat take Suthep road and drive until you reach the irrigation canal. Turn left and follow the irrigation canal for about 7 kilometers. Then turn right, crossing the canal, to reach the Royal Flora Ratchaphruek. Next to the Royal Flora Ratchaphruek is the Chiang Mai Night Safari.


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03/13/12

Mae Sa Valley

This map is to help you find your way to Mae Sa Valley (double-click or right double-click the map to zoom in or out). Maesa valley is in the hills north of Chiang Mai.

The old city of Chiang Mai is surrounded by a moat covering an area of about 1.6 by 1.6 kilometers. From the north side of the moat take the Changphuak road to the north. Cross the superhighway (from moat to super highway is about 2 km) and then continue north on highway number 107 for about 13 kilometers. At about 1 kilometer past Mae Rim town turn left and take road number 1096.

This is the road that will lead you into Mae Sa valley. After about 5 kilometer you pass the entrance to Mae Sa waterfall. Continue for another 4 kilometers to reach the Maesa elephant camp. If you continue further on this road you will reach the Queen Sirikit Botanic Garden at about 2 kilometer past the Maesa elephant camp.


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Mae Sa valley is a beautiful place if you like to spend a day outside the city of Chiang Mai in a more natural environment. The best way to visit is by renting a car or motorbike as it allows you to stop or continue wherever you are.

When reaching Mae Sa Valley, one of the first stops would be at the Mae Sa Waterfall. The entrance to the waterfall (on the left side of the road) is clearly indicated. If it's a hot day, this is the ideal spot to cool down.

Take a shower under the waterfall to cool down

Take a shower under the waterfall to cool down

Next is a stop at the elephant camp. See elephants in action together with their mahouts. Walk around and visit the elephant nursery. You can buy some bananas and feed them to the elephants, and best of all you can make an elephant ride through the forest near the camp.

Some of the male elephants have beautiful tusks.

Some of the male elephants have beautiful tusks.

If you are courageous enough you can feed the elephants.

If you are courageous enough you can feed the elephants.

Maesa elephant camp washing baby elephant

Are they washing this baby elephant or is he being trained for the Songkran festival?

Highlight of the day is a ride on one of the elephants

Highlight of the day is a ride on one of the elephants

Another place worthwhile visiting is the Queen Sirikit Botanic Garden. Walk the trails in the forests or visit the greenhouses to enjoy thousands of beautiful and rare plants.

The Queen Sirikit Botanic Garden is a wonderful place to explore

The Queen Sirikit Botanic Garden is a wonderful place to explore

Inside a greenhouse in the Queen Sirikit Botanic Garden

Many rare and exotic plants in Queen Sirikit Botanic Garden offer plenty of photo opportunities.