Doi Luang Chiang Dao
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Purchase handmade products and admire Lanna art when the whole street is turned over to pedestrians. It is truly a heaven on earth when Ratchadamnoen Road in Chiang Mai is transformed into a walking street on Sunday evenings. This allows you wonderful opportunities to shop, enjoy cultural performances and try tasty local food. Read more
Wat Chiangmun is one of the most respected temples of the Lanna people who believe that long life and good fortune will be brought upon those faithful who pay the temple a visit. This place of worship is believed have been built by Phya Mungrai and the name signifies the security and stability of the town. Wat Chiangmun is situated on Rachapakinai Road, Sripoom Sub district, Mueng District, Chiangmai. Read more
Built outside the city wall by Phya Mungrai, Wat Chiang Yuen represents long life and the endurance as the name suggests. All of the ancient kings of Chiang Mai visited and paid respects to the Omniscient Buddha here before entering the city through Chang Puek Gate. Originally the temple was named “Wat Teekacheewitsaram” which means the temple of long life. Held sacred by every local; the rite of prolonging life was generally performed here. The temple is on Maneenopparat Road, Sripoom Sub district, Mueng District, Chiangmai. Read more
Sri Lanna National Park was announced as the 60th national park in 1989. The national park is about 53 kilometers from Chiang Mai Province. It encompasses 1,406 square meters covering Prao District, Mae Taeng District, and Chiang Dao District. The office of Sri Lanna National Park is near Mae Ngad Somboonchon Dam a great spot to take a boat trip. There are numerous attractions in the park such as forests, waterfalls, lakes, mountains, and caves. Read more
Excited about the hot spring at Pong Dueat Pa Pae (Huai Nam Dang National Park), you will experience the highest temperature of hot spring at 99 degrees. It is like watching a spectacular natural show for humans as same as the biggest Geyser Hot spring of Thailand. Pong Dueat Pa Pae is one of the natural therapy destinations for healthy people. Read more
Doi Luang Chiang Dao
Doi Luang Chiang Dao is located in the area of Chiang Dao wild life sanctuary. It is the 3rd highest limestone mountain in Thailand. Its height is about 2,225 meters from mean sea level. Doi Luang Chiang Dao is around 230-250 million years old. The rock texture is white-grey which come from sediment piling up which are formed with limestone. It is known that the Doi Luang Chiang Dao area was once a shallow sea.If looked at from aerial photographs, you will see the mountain ridge of Doi Luang Chiang Dao is horseshoe shaped encirclement. In the center is a narrow valley and around the line of the mountain is a sharp stone with chasms, and cracks which come from the chemical reaction of rain and limestone. There is a ravine called Ao Salung.
At the top of Doi Chiang Dao and Kiw Lom are two beautiful viewpoints to see the mountain mist on Doi Luang Chiang Dao. The best time to come is in the morning at the top of Doi Chiang Dao and then go to see the mist at Kie Lom another day. To reach the top of Doi Chiang Dao, it takes about 30-45 minutes walking from Ao Salung, the camp point, to the top. It is the best point to see the mist in the morning because on the top you can see a 360-degree panoramic view. At the east, is Kiw Lom, at the west it is Doi Sampeenong, at the south it is Southern Kiw Lom and at the north you will see Doi Pyramid and other ranges of small hills. The area at the top of the mountain has a path along which various plant can be seen. In March-April, the white roses will be in full blossom on the top of the mountain. And there are many kinds of beautiful birds for bird-lovers to photograph.
Doi Luang Chiang Dao is beautiful for the changeable color of the surrounding grassland, but there are also various forest flowers and rare birds to observe all along the way. Not only semi-alpine plant communities and the view of beautiful mountain mist there also is tourist attractions and activities in the area of the national park and the nearby area. Chiang Dao cave is recommended for a visit. There are three possible routes once inside the cave complex. Phra Non cave, Kaew cave and Meud and Mah cave. All these caves have beautiful stalactite and stalagmites. The other interesting places are Sri Sawal waterfall and Pong Ang hot spring.
Doi Chiang Dao is located in the area of Doi Luang Chiang Dao wild life sanctuary, about 5 kilometers from the town of Chiang Dao, which is about 75 kilometers from Chiang Mai. From Chiang Mai downtown, take highway no. 107 (Chiang Mai-Fang) through Mae Rim district, Mae Malai market. Keep driving for about 30 kilometers and at 72 kilometers you will find the intersection, turn left along the way to Chiang Dao district, Muang Kong to Ban Chiang Dao cave for 5 kilometers and then turn left again along the way to Pha Plong cave temple for about 300 meters. Then, you will arrive at Doi Luang Chiang Dao wild life sanctuary.