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Doi Inthanon: Walking Trails

As a result of the long occupation by hill tribe people, there are many footpaths on Doi Inthanon. A number of the main tracks have evolved into single-lane motorcycle and truck roads providing access to villages. Most walking trails in the park are not signed at the trailhead nor marked along the route. It is advisable, therefore, to contact the Park Headquarters, if you want to do some walking.

Gew Mae Pan Trail: One of the most beautiful and rewarding walks in the park is a new trail which begins a short distance up the main summit road from the royal chedi. The path leads for a kilometer or more through dense, moist evergreen forest, then emerges and follows the top of a steep slope bordering the canyon headwaters of the Mae Pan River. Dotted with red rhododendron, the trail proceeds southward for another kilometer with fine, open views to the west, then re-enters the forest and eventually terminates at Chedi.

The Mae Chaem Road: This walk is a scenic pleasure from the start at km 38 on the main summit road. The first kilometers travel through some of the most lush forest on the mountain and then the road comes out into the open and follows a descending ridge with fine views.

Mae Pan Area: This walk starts at km 6.6 on the Mae Chaem Road at the turn-off to Mae Pan Waterfall, marked by a sign in Thai and English. The dirt access road descends about two kilometers to the Ranger Station and campground and is suitable for any vehicle although the road can be slippery on the uphill return after a heavy rain. The area is quiet, off the beaten track, and can be described as the backcountry of Doi Inthanon Park. It offers a rewarding loop hike of one or two hours through untouched terrain with small waterfalls and tumbling creeks along most of the route. Visitors can walk the 800 meters to Mae Pan Falls and back again, as well as the 200 meters to Huai Sai Luaeng Falls just beyond the campground. Both of these trails are clear and well maintained.


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