DAY TRIPS > DOI INTHANON NATIONAL PARK - HEAVEN TRAIL AND MAEKLANG ELEPHANT SANCTUARY
Doi Inthanon National Park – Heaven Trail and Maeklang Elephant Sanctuary
Doi Inthanon is the most popular National Park in Chiang Mai, Thailand, famous for it’s waterfalls, viewpoints, hiking trails and cool weather year-round. Also known as “the roof of Thailand”, Doi Inthanon National Park covers and area of 482 square kilometers in Chiang Mai province, Northern Thailand. The park is part of the Himalayan mountain range, elevation ranges between 800 and 2565 meters with the highest peak at Doi Inthanon which is the highest mountain in Thailand. The park has high humidity and cold weather year-round. The average daily temperatures are 10-15 degrees at the higher elevations.
With this trip we will visit the Maeklang Elephant Sanctuary Sky Camp in the morning. This beautiful elephant sanctuary is in Doi Inthanon National Park at an elevation of 1000 meters. The elephants roam free around the park and have lots of space to do want they love the most; eating and bathing. You will be able to feed the elephants, bathe them and observe their daily routines. After lunch at the Maeklang Sky Camp we will continue to Doi Inthanon National Park to visit the King and Queen Pagoda’s, the highest point of Thailand and hike the Kew Mae Pan Trail, also known as the “Heaven Trail”, because of the fantastic views.
The Kew Mae Pan trail is open from November – March. From April – October we will hike the Pha Dok Siew Trail instead.
Children younger than 8 years of age can join the tour for a discounted price of 1400 Baht per person.
Itinerary & Practicalities
Price: 2000 THB
Pick up from your hotel between 7:00 – 7:30 AM
Drive approximately 1.5 hours to Maeklang Elephant Sanctuary in Doi Inthanon national park.
Get to know our elephants and feeding the elephants to become friends with them.
Make vitamin herbal balls for the elephants.
Take a bath with the elephants.
Enjoy a Thai buffet lunch at Sky Camp.
Drive for 30 minutes to the Doi Inthanon National Park summit.
Please prepare for temperatures between 10-15 degrees. Bring a jacket/sweater!
Visit the King and Queen Pagoda.
Hike the Kew Mae Pan “Heaven Trail” for about 2 hours. (6 kilometer)
Visit the highest peak of Thailand.
Drive back to Chiang Mai and arrive at your hotel around 6:30pm.
Included in price: National Park entrance fee, uniform at the elephant sanctuary, lunch, English speaking guide, transportation and insurance.
What to bring: Swim suit, towel, walking shoes, flip flops, warm jacket/sweater, bug spray and sunscreen.