Thailand is characterized largely by forested mountains, where working
elephants are still used in forest management. This mountainous region
is home to Thailand's many colorful hilltribe people, and trekking
and river rafting enable adventurous exploration of this beautiful
area. Chiang Mai is the principal norhtern city and is a good base
from which to explore the surrounding countryside.
Inthanon National Park
The 1,005-square-kilometre park covers Thailand's highest mountain
(2,565 metres). The lovely Wachirathan, Siriphum and Mae Pan waterfalls
share the mountain with Meo and Karen hilltribe settlements. Forest
above 1,800 metres is covered with lichens and wild orchids.
Chiang Mai's most photographed waterfall lies some 58 kilometres west
of the city at the foot of Doi Inthanon Mountain, and provides a picturesque
setting for picnics and relaxation.
Visiting the cave, which provides a pleasant setting for picnics,
entails a 10-minute drive and a walk of some 2 hours from the Mae
Mae Ya Waterfall
This is located 12 kilometres from Chom Thong market and is best visited
by local mini-bus.
Ob Luang Gorge This picturesque gorge
is 88 kilometres from Chiang Mai provincial capital, and is framed
by teak forests and mountains.
Increasing numbers of visitors now come to Chiang Mai in search of
the natural environment preserved a famous national parks. Famous
national park in Chiang Mai is Doi Inthanon,the highest mountain in
Thailand. In most cases, you will find easy access and bungalow accommodation
for overnight stays.