Doi Inthanon National Park

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Doi Inthanon National Park
IUCN category II (national park)
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The Wachirathan Waterfall, Doi Inthanon National Park, the highest point in Thailand
Map showing the location of Doi Inthanon National Park
Map showing the location of Doi Inthanon National Park
Location within Thailand
Location Chom Thong District, Chiang Mai Province, Thailand
Coordinates 18°35′32″N 98°29′12″E / 18.59222°N 98.48667°E / 18.59222; 98.48667Coordinates: 18°35′32″N 98°29′12″E / 18.59222°N 98.48667°E / 18.59222; 98.48667
Area 482 km²
Established 1972
Governing body Dept of National Parks
Website Doi Inthanon NP

Doi Inthanon National Park (Thai: อุทยานแห่งชาติดอยอินทนนท์),[1] nicknamed "the roof of Thailand", is in the Thanon Thong Chai Range, Chom Thong District, Chiang Mai Province, northern Thailand.[2] It includes Doi Inthanon, the country's highest mountain. Established in 1972, it is 482 square kilometres (186 sq mi) in size.[3]


The park is approximately 60 kilometres (37 mi) from Chiang Mai. It includes Karen and Meo Hmong villages of about 4,500 people.[4] Its elevation ranges between 800–2,565 metres (2,625–8,415 ft). Within its borders are a number of waterfalls: Mae Klang Falls, Wachiratan Falls, Siriphum Falls, and Mae Ya Falls.[5] The park has varied climatic and ecologically different sections.

Flora and fauna[edit]

Flora includes evergreen cloud forest, sphagnum bog, and deciduous dipterocarp forest.[3] There are some relict pines.[5] With 383 avifauna species,[6] it ranks second among Thailand's national parks in number of bird species.


  1. ^ Pronunciation
  2. ^ Spooner, Andrew; Borrowman, Hana; Baldwin, William (1 Feb 2007). Footprint Thailand. Footprint Travel Guides. pp. 704–. ISBN 978-1-904777-94-6. Retrieved 1 Oct 2011. 
  3. ^ a b "Jungle Law in Thailand's Forests". New Scientist. 18 Nov 1989. pp. 43–. ISSN 0262-4079. Retrieved 20 Nov 2014. 
  4. ^ Zeppel, Heather (2006). Indigenous Ecotourism: Sustainable Development and Management. CABI. pp. 237–. ISBN 978-1-84593-124-7. Retrieved 1 Oct 2011. 
  5. ^ a b Eliot, Joshua; Bickersteth, Jane (13 Mar 2003). Thailand handbook. Footprint Travel Guides. pp. 330–. ISBN 978-1-903471-54-8. Retrieved Oct 1, 2011. 
  6. ^ Poultney, Trevor (1 Jan 2003). Environments: Asia Pacific. Curriculum Press. pp. 22–. ISBN 978-1-86366-567-4. Retrieved 1 Oct 2011. 

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