Study Trip

Weekend in Two National Parks in Chiang Mai

Saturday, 25 to Sunday, 26 November 2017
Leader: Dr. Weerachai Nanakorn, 1st Vice President and Leader of the Natural History Section



Doi Inthanon National Park, at 2,565 metres above sea level, is Thailand's highest peak. The level of precipitation on the cloud covered peak is double that of the surrounding area. Doi Inthanon is the source of four different rivers; Mae Jam, Mae Ya, Mae Klang and Mae Pan. These four waterways eventually run together to form the Ping River, an indispensable fresh water resource. For visitors Mae Klang Waterfall, Wachiratal Waterfall, Siribhum Waterfall and Mae Ya Waterfall are the park's main attractions. This national park is home to 384 species of birds - more than any other habitat in Thailand - and has become very popular among bird-watchers. The views from Doi Inthanon are best in the cool dry season from November to February. The air is quite chilly towards the top. For most of the year a mist, formed by the condensation of warm humid air from below, hangs around the highest peaks. The entire mountain is a national park (482 sq km), despite agriculture and human habitation. The mist shrouded upper slopes produce a bumper crop of orchids, lichens, mosses and epiphytes.

Mae Wang National Park contains the Tanon Thongchai hill range that lies along a north-south line; 400–1,909 metres above the sea level. Doi Phatany is the highest mountain in the range.  The park's headquarters is located approximately 60 km. from the city of Chiang Mai. The major tourist attractions is Pha Chor cliff, a natural phenomenon caused by an uplift of one of the Earth's plates and also by erosion of wind and rain. Geologists believe that thousands of years ago this area was a part of the Ping River by observing pebbles and stones that were distributed in this area until the Ping River changed its course and that made this area lift to be a hill. Through erosion the hill formed into a cliff. Pha Chor is a 30-40 metres high cliff that has a structure like a huge monolithic wall. It has caused Pha Chor to be known as the Grand Canyon of Thailand. This National Park also has many small waterfalls.


The tentative programme will be as follows:

Day 1: Saturday, 25 November 2017

06:05 a.m. Depart Bangkok Don Mueang Airport for Chiang Mai by Nok Air, flight DD 8300
07:15 a.m. Arrive at Chiang Mai Airport and proceed to the hotel for breakfast.
9:00 a.m. Proceed to Doi Inthanon National Park.
Morning and afternoon: Visit Doi Inthanon National Park and hike at Kew Mae Pan Trail for about two hours. (Picnic Lunch)
Evening: Return to Chiang Mai City and check in at The Kantary Hills Hotel, Chiang Mai.
- Dinner at own arrangement.

Day 2: Sunday, 26 November 2017

7:00 a.m. Breakfast at the hotel.
8:30 a.m. Check out and proceed to Mae Wang National Park.
Morning and afternoon: Walk in Mae Wang National Park and visit Pha Chor. (a cliff located in the National Park)
Noon: Lunch in the National Park.
5:00 p.m. Return to Chiang Mai Airport.
- Dinner at own arrangement at Chiang Mai Airport.
7:15 p.m. Depart Chiang Mai for Bangkok by Nok Air, flight DD 8317.
8:15 p.m. Arrive at Bangkok Don Mueang Airport.


Your contribution of Bt. 11,500 will cover hotel, 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, entrance fees and other costs incurred to make this trip possible. It excludes airfares on Bangkok-Chiang Mai-Bangkok. We have decided to offer this trip without including an airfare but for those who would like us to book and buy airfare can be arranged for the price at the date of booking. Bt. 12,500 for non-members. Single room surcharge Bt. 1,500.

Please pay by cash or cheque payable to ‘The Siam Society”. Alternatively you can deposit/transfer the money to the Siam Society travel account at the Thai Military Bank, Asoke Branch saving account no. 053-2-18000-7. Please fax or e-mail the deposit or transfer docket to us. There is a 4% surcharge for credit/debit card payment to cover bank charges.

The Siam Society reserves the right to change the programme as necessary. Seats are limited. Please book your place as soon as possible. For further information and bookings please contact Khun Prasert or Khun Supanut.