A Stunning Natural Surroundings

The nature around Chiang Mai is amazing, so its main attraction will be to enjoy the tropical forest along with the valleys and rice fieldshikingbiking, zip line, etc. These activities can be carried out in the day and it’s also possible to combine two of them in the same valley.

In the case of the beautiful Doi Inthanon and Chiang Dao mountains, both national parks, tourist services offer a great opportunity to spend a night or two in nature to make the most of your trip and also meet the hill tribes if you fancy.

Rice fields, Doi Inthanon National Park.
Rice fields, Doi Inthanon National Park

As for the weather seasons, there is a pattern repeated throughout the north, that is, the same for Chiang Rai in the east and Mae Hong Son in the west.

The monsoons begin in May and end in October, a period in which nature and the rice fields are exuberant, although then it is necessary to adapt to a higher probability of rain.

From November to mid-February, it’s the ideal time to go north. In December and January, the temperatures drop, the nights are cool and even cold as you gain altitude during the excursions.

From mid-February to mid-May, the forest is drier and the atmosphere less cleanCultural visits and the hill tribes should get your attention.

Map of Chiang Mai.
Map of Chiang Mai

This valley near Chiang Mai hosts a wide variety of tourism businesses, from resorts with a spa to orchid farmssnake farms, monkey shows, zip lines, etc. Not all of them have a positive assessment concerning the care of animals, check the reviews on the Internet before making your decision.

Whitewater in Mae Rim.
Whitewater in Mae Rim
Elephant camp, bath in the river.
Elephant camp, bath in the river
Wooden rafts going down the river.
Wooden rafts going down the river

In the upper part of the valley, in Samoeng, there are numerous strawberry plantations. Very tasty in January, February and until mid-March.

Sports activities in the rivers like rafting can be carried out with well-prepared companies and international safety standards, nevertheless, we do not recommend them when parents are newbies in this type of activities, that is, with no previous experience.

Samoeng strawberry plantations.
Samoeng strawberry plantations

Poopoopaper Park Link
Insect Zoo Link
Snake Farm Link
Tiger Kingdom Post
Queen Sirikit Botanic Garden Link
Sainampung Orchid Farm Link

Mae Rim Valley map.
Mae Rim Valley map

Mae Taeng Valley

In this valley there are a few camps of elephants, among which the famous Elephant Nature Park, very prestigious but sometimes saturated with visitors.
You can also find whitewaters rafting businesses and resorts.
Maybe it has against the time needed to approach from Chiang Mai, go and back.

Zipline Chiang Mai Link
Siam River Adventures Link
Sib San Resort & Spa Link

Elephant Nature Park, Chiang Mai.
Elephant Nature Park, Chiang Mai
Mae Taeng Valley.
Mae Taeng Valley
Mae Taeng Valley.
Mae Taeng Valley
Mae Taeng Valley
Mae Taeng Valley

Chiang Dao National Park

The mountains of Chiang Dao are the sources of the Ping River and it has the third-highest peak of the country that reaches 2,175 meters. A beautiful place to trek in the forest, ride a bike along the dirt roads and enjoy its refreshing waterfalls.

Chiang Dao National Park

Hill tribes are also established in this area and its deep cave is famous. In December and January, the Himalayan cherry trees bloom.

Karen family house, Chiang Dao National Park.
Karen family house, Chiang Dao National Park
Forest in Chiang Dao National Park.
Forest in Chiang Dao National Park
Karen village, Chiang Dao National Park.
Karen village, Chiang Dao National Park
Karen house, Chiang Dao National Park.
Karen house, Chiang Dao National Park

Doi Inthanon National Park

Doi Inthanon National Park.
Doi Inthanon National Park

This nature reserve includes the highest peak in the country and forms part of the easternmost Himalayas. It is a coolhumid area covered with dense forestland and amazing waterfalls.

Post about the Doi Inthanon  (enjoythailand.fun).

Doi Suthep – Pui mountain

Doi Pui is a mountain in front of Chiang Mai that reaches an altitude of 1,685 meters. It consists of 261 square kilometres of mixed forest with coniferous forest and dry evergreen forest, among others. Suitable for hikingbiking and bird watching.
Tourist attractions: Bhubing PalaceHmong Doi Pui Village (perhaps too much touristic) with a museum, flowers garden and souvenir shops. Viewpoints from some cliffs and waterfalls like Monthathan. Of course, we don’t forget the Wat Doi Suthep.

Doi Suthep

Bhubing Palace, Doi Suthep – Pui Link

Operating hours: From 08h30 to 16h30 (tickets sold until 15h30)
This palace was built in 1961 as a winter Royal residence in northern Thailand and Royal guesthouse for prominent foreigner visitors. Its eucalyptus cottages, mansions and beautiful gardens deserve a visit, mostly during the Thai winter, in January and February.

It closes during Royal visits.
Visitors are required to dress appropriately. Shorts and dresses showing bare shoulders are not allowed.

Bhubing Palace
Bhubing Palace.
Bhubing Palace
Bhubing Palace.
Bhubing Palace

Sankhampaeng Hot Springs

These hot springs are a place to rest and relax in a beautiful natural setting, close to the city of Chiang Mai.
In addition to the leisure and health facilities based on the hot sulphur springs, a curious and fun activity here is cooking eggs in one of the pools. Two hot springs are shooting the hot water 20 metres high into the air. Water temperature emerges over 100 degrees Celsius.
An excellent opportunity to mingle with local tourists, who are very fond of this kind of pastime.

To get a better idea about this place, we recommend reading this post (enjoythailand.fun).

Sankhampaeng Hot Springs.
Sankhampaeng Hot Springs
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A Stunning Natural Surroundings
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