Chiang Mai Tourist Attractions
The highest peak in Thailand Doi Inthanon rises to a height of 2565 meters (8 415 feet) above sea level. This altitude means that temperatures on Doi Inthanon are refreshingly brisk year round and regularly dip below freezing during the cool season (October to February). The national park which contains Doi Inthanon and bears its name covers 482 square km (186 square miles) and contains Sanpatong District Chomthong District Mae Chaem District Mae Wang District and the Toi Lor Sub district of Chiang Mai Province.
Doi Inthanon National Park has much to offer visitors besides its natural beauty. For centuries the area has been home to various hill tribes who still reside there and maintain their ancient way of life. At the base of the peaks you will find Hmong villages where the people continue to tend their fields as they have done for hundreds of years. The only change is the crop. Thanks to the Royal Project these people have switched from cultivating opium poppies and now grow other commercial crops such as vegetables and flowers. Visitors are welcome to the Royal Project which is located right near the rangers’ station.
Try a trip to the Hmong Village Khun Ya Noi for a visit to the market and to admire the people’s colourfully embroidered clothing. There are also several Karen villages such as Ban Mae Ab Nai where you can purchase fine examples of traditional Karen weaving and textiles and observe the quaint Karen way of life first hand. If you are up for a bit of a hike then check out Brichinda Cave a beautiful limestone cave which is open to the sky. The cave is located in the middle of a deciduous forest about an hour’s walk from the road.
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