Doi Inthanon National Park consists of rugged mountainous terrain blanketed by lush tropical forests, along with mighty rivers and majestic waterfalls.
The park's protected status makes it a sanctuary for a wide range of animals. It's perhaps the best place in Thailand for birdwatching. The highest peak in Thailand, Doi Inthanon rises to a height of 2,565 meters above sea level. The national park which contains Doi Inthanon and bears its name covers 482 sq km. The diversity of Doi Inthanon does not only extend to plant and animal species – the park has long been home to settlements of northern hill tribes as well.
The main park entrance is about 70 km southwest from Chiang Mai city center. The park is named in honour of the king Inthawichayanon, one of the last kings of Chiang Mai, who was concerned about the forests in the north of Thailand and wanted to preserve it. After his death his remains were placed in the park as he ordered and the forest was renamed to Doi Inthanon.