Chiang Mai is a large city in Thailand, which gives visitors a feeling of relaxation and comfort. Besides, Chiang Mai also gives visitors the feeling of wanting to conquer nature here. Despite the small size of the town, there are enough nature trails available for hiking. Here are the top 7 best places for Chiang Mai hiking that visitors must try when visiting this place

Top 7 best places for Chiang Mai hiking

1. Doi Inthanon National Park Nature Trails

  • Address: Ban Luang, Amphoe Chom Thong, Chiang Mai
  • Opening hours: 06:00 – 16:30
  • Ticket price: 300 Baht/adult, 150 Baht/child

Doi Inthanon National Park Nature Trails, one of the city’s most well-known national parks, is an excellent choice if you want to experience Chiang Mai hiking. This park’s vegetation is referred to as moist evergreen cloud forests. While some hiking paths are accessible year-round, some are only accessible at certain times of the year. If you want to visit the Doi Inthanon National Park, a guide may be necessary.

The best time to visit Doi Inthanon National Park is from mid-November to February next year. At this time, the weather is very cool, the average temperature is about 17 degrees Celsius, so it is very convenient to move and visit here. February and March will be the smoke season, April to October is the rainy season, so it is difficult to move and visit the sights.

2. Doi Pui to Doi Suthep Hiking Trail

  • Address: Wat Phra That Doi Suthep Road, Srivijaya Suthep Muang, Chiang Mai, Thailand
  • Opening hours: 06:30 – 18:30
  • Ticket price: 10 Baht/Thai person; 30 Baht/foreigner

People who are just getting into the adventurous mode and want to try their hands on hiking in Chiang Mai will find Doi Suthep quite favorable. One doesn’t require a guide when they are exploring the area. The Monks Trail is quite famous, and it takes about 4-hours to finish it, and the experience is often moderate to hard. One can choose the difficulty of the trail according to their capability and their interest to explore the whole area.

3. Huay Tung Tao Circular Hike

  • Address: Huay Tung Tao, Tambon Don Kaeo, Amphoe Mae Rim, Chang Wat Chiang Mai, Thailand
  • Opening hours: all day

The 6.9 kilometers Huay Tung Tao Circular Hike will take you around the Huay Tung Tao Lake’s forested area. Take on this trek to learn more about nature if you want to enjoy hiking in Chiang Mai. It is situated in Chiang Mai’s Mae Rim neighborhood. This track is mostly for hikers who are interested in challenging themselves on difficult terrain. When hiking, one must keep in mind that the path is not adequately made. This trail is not for the faint of heart because you frequently find yourself in this area alone. It is best to bring along all the necessary gear for this hike.

4. Doi Luang Chiang Dao Hike Trails

  • Address: Chiang Dao, Chiang Dao Chiang Mai 50170 Thailand
  • Opening hours: 24/7 (November to March)
  • Ticket price: 20 Baht/person; 30 Baht/car; 30 Baht/tent

This hiking trail will provide guests with the experience of a lifetime if they wish to view Chiang Mai’s untamed natural beauty. You will have to travel 16.7 kilometers in this. One must take a 1.5-hour journey from Chiang Mai to Doi Luang Chiang Dao in order to take this tour. It is better to plan a 2-day excursion because the trail’s few sources make it longer. Pack your camping gear and extra food for yourself if you wish to remain.

5. Trails to the Mae Tang River

  • Address: Baan Sopkai, Kuet Chang Subdistrict, Mae Taeng District, Chiang Mai 50150, Thailand
  • Opening hours: 09:00 – 18:00

Since the Mae Tang river is quite close, it can be a great hiking experience in Chiang Mai, as it is one of the easiest hikes to reach the Mae Tang River. One can make it a trip that lasts only a day, but people who want to explore more may invest 2 to 3 days in the other trails. This trail is comparatively on the more accessible side, and you wouldn’t need to cover several steep areas which make people weak.

6. Mae Wang National Park Trails

  • Address: Santi Suk, Doi Lo District, Chiang Mai 50160, Thailand
  • Opening hours: 08:30 – 16:30

In Chiang Mai, national parks are frequently the ideal locations for fantastic hiking. There are some pathways that start from a Shan village and continue on to a Karen community. Anyone can take advantage of this hike, where the visitors will feel mocked by the adventure.

7. Green Trails leading to the Lisu Tribe

  • Address: Northern part of Thailand in Chiang Mai

The original dwelling of the Lisu ethnic group is in the area of the Mae Kong River and Salween River in China. After that, they moved to live in the north of Myanmar, and finally, migrated to habitats in the north of Thailand for almost the past 100 years. Settle the villages in Chiang Rai, Chiang Mai, Mae Hong Son, Lampang, Tak, Phayao, Kamphaeng Phet, Phetchabun, Phrae, and Sukhothai provinces. 

If you are interested in knowing more about the tribe, you can take a hiking trip to them. Interested people can stay in a homestay that is available in their area. The village of Hmong Pha Mieng is known to be the dwelling place of the Lisu tribe.

8. Conclusion

Above are the top 7 best places for Chiang Mai hiking for tourists. Hopefully the above suggestions of Metta Voyage will help visitors have more choices and more interesting experiences on their trip to “the Northern rose“. Contact Metta Voyage immediately to update more interesting tourist information!

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