There is much more to Thailand than just endless sand beaches, great food, and nightlife, which you might not be aware of. This nation is fortunate to have some of the most varied landscapes. Aside from the must-try markets in Bangkok and must-try foods in Thailand, Thailand is a fantastic location for outdoor activities, with its tropical islands ringed by coral reefs, undeveloped rice paddies, and dense jungle. An enjoyable activity to partake in while traveling to Thailand is hiking. Beautiful hiking trails can be found throughout its numerous mountain ranges and hills. The top ten hiking mountains in Thailand are listed in this article.
Major Mountains Of Thailand
1. Doi Inthanon
Doi Inthanon is one of Thailand’s most well-known mountains and is well-known for its waterfalls, trails, isolated villages, sunrise and sunset, and bird watching. Doi Inthanon National Park, also referred to as “The Roof of Thailand,” spans an area of 482 km in the province of Chiang Mai in northern Thailand. The park is situated between 800 and 2,565 meters above sea level and is a part of the Himalayan mountain range. It also has a wide variety of plants, including dry evergreen, pine, mixed deciduous teak, and dipterocarp forests at lower elevations and moist evergreen cloud forests, sphagnum bogs, and bogs at higher elevations (over 1,800 meters asl).
Timings: Daily, 5:30 am- 6:00 pm (The park is open all year, including on public holidays, the main trail of the park -Kew Mae Pan Trail- is closed from June to October.)
Location: Ban Luang sub-district, Jom Thong, Chiang Mai
How to reach: Doi Inthanon is 120 km. away from Chiang Mai downtown. It takes around two and a half hours to get there by car.
Entrance Fee: Locals: adults INR 116, children INR 46.79. Foreign Visitors: adults INR 701, children INR 350, Cars: INR 70, Bikes INR 46.79
2. Doi Chiang Dao, Chiang Mai
The most well-known activity in Thailand’s Doi Chiang Dao mountains is hiking. It is one of the most stunning peaks to hike because it is a wildlife sanctuary. There are many different species of flora, fauna, and birdlife that aren’t typically found in other regions of Thailand. If climbing Chiang Dao is your goal, plan an overnight hike and set up camp close to the summit to take in the sunset and sunrise. Due to its extreme fame, only a small number of visitors are allowed; therefore, preparation is advised. Even though it only takes 20 to 30 minutes to reach the summit of Chiang Dao, the trail is steep, rocky, and exhausting.
Best time to visit: November — March.
Timings: Prohibit entering after 4:00 PM
Location: Located in Pha Daeng National Park, 72 km north of Chiang Mai city and just 50km from the Myanmar border is Doi Luang Chiang Dao.
How to reach: Public buses depart from the old Chang Pheuak bus station (north of the old city) every 30 minutes for just INR 93.59/person. The journey time is approximately 90 minutes and buses arrive at the Chiang Dao bus station in the center of town.
Entrance Fee: The entrance fee is INR 46 and the vehicle fee is INR 70.19
3. Doi Kiew Lom
For hikers, Doi Kiew Lom is an obvious choice. The best time to visit this amazing location is in the morning, when one can treat their eyes to the sun’s magical hues as they peek through the mountains. These mountains are some of the best in Thailand, so make sure to stop by and take in the scenery.
Best time to visit: November — March, Prohibit entering after 4: PM
Location: Mae Tang, Chiang Mai
How to reach: Doi Kiew Doi is 120 km far from Chiang Mai downtown. It takes around two and a half hours to get there by car.
Entrance Fee: Thai Visitors: adults 116 INR, children 46.79 INR Foreign Visitors: adults 702 INR, children 351 INR
4. Doi Ang Khang
Mae-Ngon District, in the province of Chiangmai, is where Doi Ang Khang is situated. With a height of 1,400 meters above sea level, the mountain peak is impressive. A series of valleys that stretch for 5 kilometers surround the area. The area’s typical temperature ranges from 17.7 to 21 °C. Additionally, the temperature drops to -3 °C in January. Another unique nature park is Doi Ang Khang. This location can be hailed as one of the best mountains in Thailand with plenty of opportunities for sightseeing and learning about Thai agriculture.
Best Time to visit: All year round (Preferably from December to January)
Timings: 8:00 Am–4:30 Pm
Location: Mae Yon sub-district, Fang, Chiang Mai
How to reach: Doi Ang Khang is 160 km. far from Chiang Mai Downtown and can be reached by van or bus. At Chang Puak Bus Station, 351 INR for a van and 198 INR for a bus. Then it takes a minibus the way up the mountain.
Entrance Fee: For person: INR 46.79, Vehicle: 116 INR.
5. Khao Mokoju
One of the well-known mountains in Thailand, it is located in the provinces of Nakhon Sawan and Kamphaeng Phet in Mae Wong, West of the country. The park is rough and hilly, with Khao Mo Ko Chu, its highest peak, rising 1,964 meters above sea level. The nearest town center, Khlong Lan, where there are frequent public bus services from Bangkok, is 16.5 km away from the headquarters. Private transportation is required because there is no public transportation available in the park. Visitors are advised to wear leech socks and use insect repellents during the rainy seasons to avoid pesky flies and other insects.
Best time to visit: November to February
Location: Located 38 km from the headquarters, it is the highest peak of the park at 1,964 meters asl.
Entrance Fee: Locals: INR 233. Foreigners: INR 467
6. Doi Pha Hom Pok
This mountain peak is located in the northwest corner of the Fang district and is bounded by Doi Ang Khan to the south, Mae Ai and Tha Ton to the east, and the Burmese frontier to the north and west. The Pha Hom Pok mountain itself has a height of 2,285 meters, making it Thailand’s second-tallest peak. This area has numerous hot springs and geysers, as well as mineral baths for relaxation, making it one of the most well-known mountains in Thailand. You can reach a cave and a waterfall from here by taking a two-hour nature trail. In order to see the sunrise and, during the winter, experience the “sea of fog” effect, it is advised to camp overnight on the summit.
Timings: Daily, 08:00 Am–4:30 Pm
Location: Pong Nam Ron sub-district, Fang, Chiang Mai
How to reach: Doi Pha Hom Pok is 160 km. away from Chiang Mai downtown. It takes around two and a half hours to get there by car. Then, the Visitor Center officer will take you to the campground around 18 km. far.
Entrance Fee: Adults 116 INR, children 46.79 INR Foreign Visitors: adults 702 INR, children 351 INR