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Country: Thailand
City: Chiang Mai
Duration: 8 Hour(s) - 0 Minute(s)
Tour Category: Full Day Tours

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The Legend of Doi Luang Ang Ka

The highest mountain of Thailand “Doi Inthanon” or Mt Inthanon was formerly known in the northern dialect as “Doi Luang Ang Ka”, which conveys its colossal size and feature. Legend has it that Mt Inthanon once contained a huge reservoir or “Ang” in Thai. This reservoir was where crows or “Ka” usually came to drink water. So the locals named the mountain the “big crows’ reservoir mountain”. After the 7th ruling prince of Chiang Mai, Chao Intha Wichayanon, who once came to explore the mountain passed away, his daughter, Chao Dara Ratsami, buried her father’s ashes here to fulfill his wish. Then Doi Luang Ang Ka was given the new name “Doi Inthanon”. In 1972, Doi Inthanon was declared the 6th national park of Thailand.

 


A Trip to Doi Inthanon

Situated in the Thanon Thong Chai Mountain Range, covering an area of 1,005 sq km and being 2,565 m above sea level, Doi Inthanon is the highest mountain of Thailand and one of the most popular national parks of this country. The hills at 1,800 metres and up are often shrouded in mist, especially in the rainy season. Doi Inthanon, one of the must see places in Thailand, is well known for its cool climate all year round, its ancient forests, frozen dew (Mae Kha-ning), Delavay’s Rhododendron (1,000-year roses), wild flowers, wildlife, hilltribe culture and step farming.

 

To reach the summit is convenient. You can either drive or hire a minibus labelled Doi Inthanon in English from Mae Klang Waterfall or Wat Phra That Chom Thong. A regular minibus running to the Park Headquarters (km 31) can also be taken at either place at a lower fare.

 

In case of driving by yourself, make sure that your vehicle is in good condition since you will have to go up and down steep hills. Although Mt Inthanon is accessible any time of the year, the best period is between November and February when it is always fine and clear.

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