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Doi Suthep - Doi Pui National Park by Thawat Wattana

Doi Suthep - Doi Pui National Parks

 
 
Embracing the Natural Attractions,
Sacred Places, and Hilltribes' Home
 
Doi Suthep - Doi pui is one of the most popular national parks of Thailand, visited by over 3 millions of tourists in the fiscal year 2001 (Oct' 00 - Sept' 01) alone. That is because the park not only has many outstanding attractions but is also easily accessible, being only 5 km away from the northern tourist centre--Chiang Mai City.
 
History & Geography

Doi Suthep and Doi Pui are the names of the twin peaks of a granite mountain just to the west of the provincial town of Chiang Mai with a height of 1,601 and 1,685 metres above sea level, respectively. The park was established in 1981 and now has an area of 261 sq km.

 

Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep: where tourists
will be fascinated to see the exceptional
glory of the golden chedi and other
temple buildings which are decorated
with the remarkably delicate art of
the Lanna style.The monastery offers
an impressive panoramic view of
Chiang Mai.

 

The average annual rainfall of the park, as measured at a research station high above the mountain, is 2,085 mm, mostly concentrated in the rainy season from May to October, when the monthly rainfall varies between 200 and 400 mm, whereas the rainfall in the dry season averages only 30 mm per month.

 
The average annual temperature is 16°C due to its forest-covered mountainous location high above sea level. 
 
A 290-step elegant naga stairway
leading to Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep.
 
Vegetation & Wildlife
With an annual rainfall of over 2,000 mm, the climate in the park may be considered the dampest among the national parks in the whole country. There are, therefore, as many as nearly 2,000 species of vegetation growing in the deciduous and evergreen forests in the park, with new species being found from time to time. Thai botanists believe that the mixed deciduous forest in Doi Suthep-Doi Pui Park may contain the largest number of plant species among all such forests in the world. This has been partly evidenced by Dr F.G. Kerr, an Irish botanist who, after making a 14-year study from 1908 at the Doi Suthep area, was able to collect hundreds of new species unknown to the world by that time. As a result, Doi Suthep was known as the "real paradise for botanists". Unfortunately, much of the forest has been ruined because of its closeness to a city, the rapid development of tourism and the presence of hilltribe families in the park.
 
 
For the same reason, large mammals are seldom found in the park except some deer, barking deer, bears, gibbons, monkeys and lemurs. What are still numerous are some 200 species of birds and some 500 varieties of butterflies and moths.
Top
Points of Interest
For most tourists of the park, its foremost attraction is the Buddhist temple named Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep on the 1,050 metre hillside. It is visited by almost all tourists of Chiang Mai who take the Doi Suthep route, because, for the devout Buddhists, the temple is a royal temple of the first grade which houses a relic of the Buddha. It was just for housing the relic that the temple was built by King Kuena of Chiang Mai in 1383. And for tlhe lay people, the temple provides a fascinating bird's eye view of the city and its surroundings and also a refreshing picture of the lush forest around the temple itself. All this, plus the gently blowing cool breeze, will make every body forget about the arduous climb up the 290-step stairway from the car park. Those who do not want to climb up can use the cable car service.

The next attraction is Bhubing Palace 4 km further up the mountain. The palace itself is not open to the public, but the beautiful garden in the compound is open on Saturdays, Sundays and other public holidays, unless the Royal Family is in residence, usually only in winter. There are many colourful exotic flowers and ornamental plants in the garden, which are very photogenic as well as pleasing to the eye.
Bhubing Palace: a scenic attraction embraced
by colourful flowers ideal for photography.
 
A little way from the palace is Doi Pui the highest point of the mountain 1,658 m above sea level. There in the shades of pine trees, groups of tourists like to enjoy their picnics and a superb panorama of the landscape. There are several hilltribe villages nearby, inhabited by Meos, Yaos, Akhas, Lisus and Lahus; all accessible by trail. But some of them are gradually losing their identity due to commercialism.
   
Close-up pictures of the naga at the stairway of Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep showing exquisite craftsmanship
 
For nature enthusiasts, there are trails all over the park for exploring nature. Some nice attractions are Huai Kaeo, a small waterfall close to the foot of Doi Suthep where visitors can enjoy picnicking in a scenic setting, the 3-leap Monthathan Waterfall considered the most beautiful of the park, and the 8-leap Mae Sa Waterfall with water all year round, accessible by Mae Rim-Samoeng Route, about 12 km from Chiang Mai City.
 
 
Accommodations are provided in the park. There are small restaurants near the temple car park and outside the palace compound.
 
 
An 8-leap Mae Sa Waterfall surrounded with lush trees.
 
How to Get There
The park is easily accessible. It is 5 km from Chiang Mai City by Huai Kaeo-Chiang Mai University-Chiang Mai Zoo Route leading to Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep. The park is a little way above the temple parking space. The entrance to the office is on the right of the road and recognizable by a check post. There are mini-buses running regularly between Chiang Mai City and Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep. Cars and motorcycles are available for rent.
 

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Romanization System of the Thai Language .

 

Related links
Chiang Mai : Attractions / Tours / Doi Suthep Route (Highway 1004)
Thailand Tourist Destinations

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