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Doi Inthanon National Park
(Updated 02/11/17)
Doi Inthanon National Park, at 482 square kilometres, protects four major watersheds and, of course, Thailand's highest mountain, Doi Inthanon, which has its summit 2565 metres (8415 feet) above sea level.

Doi Inthanon
View on Doi Inthanon
(Photo by Nick Upton)
This National Park, in Chiang Mai province, is unique in Thailand as it is 300 metres higher than any other mountain in the country which allows it to support a tract of upper montane forest and Thailand's only sphagnum bog (albeit a very small one).

Although there is quite extensive deforestation in places, due to a sizeable hill-tribe population, there remain large areas of quality habitat which is home to a very high number of species. The long road to the summit provides many places to stop and access the forest which is magnificent in places; particularly the moss-clad forest at higher altitudes. There are a number of accommodation options inside and outside the park allowing bird watchers to spend lots of time on the trails to look for the many ornithological treats that await. Birds seem to be in greater densities here than in many other locations in Thailand, meaning that this is an ideal place to see a large number of species in a short space of time and one of the most memorable locations for bird watching in Thailand.
 Birding Highlights 
Chestnut-tailed Minla
Chestnut-tailed Minla
(Photo by Nick Upton)
Doi Inthanon has so many birding highlights it is almost impossible to mention them all without giving the entire checklist for the National Park. This mountain spans a number of habitats and consequently contains the birds associated with them. The summit area, which is higher than any other in Thailand, provides some of the most memorable bird watching on the mountain, perhaps even the whole country; Chestnut-tailed Minla, Green-tailed Sunbird, Rufous-winged Fulvetta and Chestnut-crowned Laughingthrush are very abundant in this area and both Speckled and Ashy Woodpigeon are frequently seen and the summit boardwalk gives birders an opportunity to see skulking species such as White-browed Shortwing, Pygmy Wren Babbler and Dark-sided Thrush.

A little further down the mountain Green Cochoa is a highly sought-after species which takes a lot of luck to see, and flocks contain colourful birds such as Clicking Shrike-babbler, Yellow-cheeked Tit, Golden Babbler and Rufous-backed Sibia. Brown-throated Treecreepers are easily found as are many other high altitude specialities including Small and Large Niltavas.

Large Niltava
Large Niltava
(Photo by Nick Upton)
In the rivers near the waterfalls Slaty-backed Forktail and Plumbeous Water Redstart can be seen foraging amongst the rocks and White-capped Water Redstart (River Chat) is a must see bird which no illustration does justice to; to me this is one of the most beautiful birds to be found in Thailand. Doi Inthanon is also one of the few places in the world where birders have a realistic chance of seeing the secretive Black-tailed Crake.

The drier forest, on the lower slopes of the mountain, contains some species that specialize in this habitat; Black-headed Woodpecker, Chestnut-bellied Nuthatch and White-rumped Falcon are the most sought after birds here and Black-backed Forktail is present in the streams.

The sheer size of Doi Inthanon National Park means that a high species total can be accumulated on any visit, and by staying for three or four days and birding at a wide range of altitudes a large number of exciting birds can be seen which will match the variety of habitats.

A checklist of the birds for this location can be found here - Doi Inthanon National Park
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Bird Watching Trips:
If you need help organizing a bird watching trip to Thailand, take a look at the suggested itineraries for ideas on creating a tailor-made trip and contact me for advice: Thailand bird tours.
 Travel Information 
Use the interactive map below to plan your route to Doi Inthanon. The blue line shows the route from Chiang Mai (Blue Pin) to the park gate (Green Pin) and on to the summit of the mountain (Red Pin).

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Getting to Doi Inthanon is easy if driving your own vehicle and getting to HQ will take about 1.5 hours. From Chiang Mai get on the road which heads out to the airport and continue all the way to Chom Thong from which Doi Inthanon is clearly sign posted. Although it is easy to get to Doi Inthanon without private transport it is highly advisable to hire a car to fully enjoy the park; the birding hotspots are a long distance apart and without transport lots of walking, hitch-hiking or flagging down irregular songtaews will be required. The road up Doi Inthanon is well-maintained and a four-wheel drive vehicle is not needed, although automatics cope with the mountain very badly. Driving to the summit from Chom Thong takes around 45 minutes and vehicles can be hired in Chiang Mai for as little as 800 baht a day with just a passport as deposit.

If using public tranport things are a little trickier; take a bus or songtaew from Chiang Mai to Chom Thong (pronounced Jorm Torng). If you arrive early you may be able to get on a regular songtaew up the mountain, although you may find that you have to charter a vehicle to get you to where you want to go. Somewhere around 500-700 baht should be about the right price for a private hire of a songtaew.
 Finding Birds 
There are a large number of locations one can stop and observe birds on Doi Inthanon, and if so inclined there is the opportunity to find new and "unexplored" trails. However, here are some of the established birding locations.

Doi Inthanon Map Siriphum Waterfall Km 13 Km 22 Waterfall 2 Chedis Campsite Km 34.5 trail Jeep Trail Summit Area Vatcharitan Waterfall Gaew Mae Pan trail Mae Klang Falls Mr Daeng's Km 18 Parakeet Pre-roost

Summit area : As soon as one arrives at the summit car park the birding starts in this area; good numbers of leaf warblers, particularly Ashy-throated Warbler, are always present in the vegetation around here and Silver-eared Laughingthrush, Chestnut-tailed Minla, Rufous-winged Fulvetta and Green-tailed Sunbirds are always around to add a splash of colour, Dark-backed Sibia and Flavescent Bulbul are usually very obvious too, sometimes feeding on scraps left by tourists. All these species resident species are easily seen in both the wet and dry seasons.

Doi Inthanon Summit Map
Pygmy Wren Babbler
Pygmy Wren Babbler
  Green-tailed Sunbird
Green-tailed Sunbird
Rufous-throated Partridge
Rufous-throated Partridge
  Silver-eared Laughingthrush
Silver-eared Laughingthrush
(Photos by Nick Upton)
The "Ang Ka" boardwalk trail is wonderful and takes visitors through forest that is like a scene from Lord of the Rings; White-browed Shortwing, Pygmy Wren Babbler and Rufous-throated Partridge are ever present but not always easily seen; listen for their calls and you may find them. Lots of other great resident birds often occur in this area including Snowy-browed Flycatcher, Ashy Woodpigeon, Davison's Leaf Warbler, Blyth's Leaf Warbler, Yellow-bellied Flowerpecker, Yellow-browed Tit and White-crowned Forktail so it is worth spending a whole morning on this short trail enjoying these colourful birds.

In the "winter" months (and it can be really cold here for much of the morning in December and January) the summit region is a good place for migrant species and is a particularly good place to find and study leaf warblers as many of them can be seen in low trees, making it easier to observe these hard-to-identify birds. Ashy-throated, Davison's and Blyth's are resident but Buff-barred and Yellow-browed are also common as migrants.

A number of other migratory species also regularly occur in this area with Dark-sided Thrush being a speciality, foraging on the forest floor, and in most years Eurasian Woodcock can be found too. While they are never common, it is worth looking for migratory thrushes between the months of December and April with Eyebrowed Thrush being the most regular but Grey-sided and Chestnut Thrush are also recorded annually.

The coffee shop is a good place to observe some of the commoner species close-up as the staff always put bananas out for the birds to feed on; Chestnut-tailed Minla, Dark-backed Sibia and Silver-eared Laughingthrush are extremely tame here and Rufous-throated Partridge often comes out to feed on scraps both here and behind the ranger station.

Ashy Woodpigeon used to be very easily seen at the summit but since the building of a new toilet block there is more disturbance close to the tree they used to perch in, so now seeing this species is a question of getting lucky; they will sometimes come to fruiting trees in this area along with Golden-throated and Blue-throated Barbets.

Gaew Mae Pan trail : I have only ever walked a short section of this trail on just one occasion, but it appears to have potential as it winds through some moist and interesting forest. This trail is high enough up the mountain for most of the summit specialities to be present and I saw a number of flycatchers along here, with Vivid Niltava being the most notable. However, it seems that one must hire a ranger to go along this trail; I do not know why but having paid the entry fee of 300 baht to get into the park it seems a bit of an imposition to have to pay again to walk a trail. However, there is a great viewpoint from the car park from this trail and there are regular sightings of Himalayan Goral from the trail itself, so anyone who wants to catch up with this rare mammal should speak to the park staff here.

2 Chedis : These two modern chedis are in an open area which can provide some great views over the surrounding countryside on a clear day. Green-tailed Sunbird is common here, feeding on nectar in the ornamental gardens and often one can get very close to this species here. Buff-throated Warbler often puts in an appearance in the scrubby areas behind the left-hand chedi as one enters the area, and is one of the more attractive Phylloscopus warblers in Thailand in my opinion.

A damp patch of forest behind the toilets here seems very productive for flycatchers, particularly Niltavas and I've also seen Snowy-browed and White-gorgetted Flycatchers here. Hanging around the toilets with a pair of binoculars can draw a few stares however. A fee of 20 baht must be paid to enter this area which I'd like to think goes towards the upkeep of the chedis but is much more likely to fill the pockets of high ranking park officials.

Checkpoint 2/Jeep Trail (Km 37.5) : This is one of the most popular birding areas on Doi Inthanon so don't be surprised to meet other birders here. Birding along the road can be very rewarding with flocks of birds including Grey-throated Babbler, Clicking Shrike-babbler and the beautiful Yellow-cheeked Tit. Spectacled Barwing and Silver-eared Mesia are both fairly reliable here too and are wonderful birds. Other species often seen from the road include Small Niltava, Himalayan Black Bulbul, Short-billed Minivet and Eyebrowed Thrush; the only problem is that these days Doi Inthanon national park can be very busy and this stretch of road can get a lot of traffic with people driving very carelessly, so be really careful of cars when birding along the road here.

Doi Inthanon Jeep Track Km 37 Map
Yellow-cheeked Tit
Yellow-cheeked Tit
  Lesser Shortwing
Lesser Shortwing
Small Niltava
Small Niltava
  Grey-cheeked Fulvetta
Grey-cheeked Fulvetta
(Photos by Nick Upton)
The jeep track itself is easily missed as its entrance is quite overgrown: it is on the right immediately after the toilet block, just after the checkpoint - it is many years since anyone could get a jeep down here and it is more of a narrow forest trail these days which had overthrown trees across it at regular intervals making it more like an obstable course at points. However, it goes on for several kilometres giving deep access to the forest.

The excellent forest here is regarded as a good site for Green and Purple Cochoas, although one should not be fooled into thinking that these are easy species to see though, particularly with many Purple Cochoa sightings from here being unreliable. Green Cochoa is best looked for from March to July and Purple Cochoa isn't often seen outside of April, both of these species are very scarce and shy.

This trail is also very good for looking for skulking species, all of which are much easier to see in the wet season than in the dry. Slaty-bellied Tesia is unusually common along here and sightings of Eyebrowed Wren Babbler, White-tailed Robin, Pygmy Wren Babbler and Lesser Shortwing are regular, but getting a good view of them can be challenging.

Flocks of birds seem to always be a feature of this trail and the noisy Grey-cheeked Fulvetta often gives their presence away. This species is usually joined by Rufous-winged Fulvetta, Golden Babbler, Davison's Leaf Warbler and Grey-headed Canary Flycatcher but other birds such as White-bellied Erpornis, Clicking Shrike-babbler, Yellow-browed Tit, Hume's Treecreeper and Chestnut-crowned Warbler often join these bird waves too.

Other birds which can be found along here include Red-headed Trogon, Green Magpie, White-necked Laughingthrush and, for a lucky few, Rusty-naped Pitta.There are so many good birds to find on this trail that one could spend the whole day on it when bird activity is high, although sometimes there can be frustratingly few birds. However, this trail goes though some of the most mature forest on Doi Inthanon and even on quiet days views of Hume's Treecreeper, Small Niltava, Slaty-bellied Tesia and Large Niltava (listen for its "Doh, Ray, Me" call) should be possible.

Km 34.5 Trail : This trail consists of a jeep track which splits into two branches after about 1 kilometre; one stopping at a forestry research station and the other meandering for miles through open scrubland and forest. There is enough space at the entrance to the trail to park three or four cars but try not to block the space that can be used to turn around or you may block somebody in. The track passes through bamboo scrub and some nice forest in the first kilometre and although the first part is quite steep, don't worry, it soon flattens out. be careful though, when it is wet the track can be quite slippery and if you fall over you will not be the first!

The open habitat in the first few hundred metres can be a good location to see some really nice birds, particularly the extremely colourful Silver-eared Mesia which is one of the most beautiful birds around. If this one does not impress you then I suggest that you need to take up another hobby. Flocks of birds here can often contain Clicking Shrike-babbler and Rufous-backed Sibia, two more very striking birds, while the commoner Grey-cheeked Fulvetta will be in every flock that passes. Grey-chinned Minivet is another colourful species that joins flocks higher in the trees along with Davison's Leaf Warbler, Blyth's Shrike-babbler and Chestnut-vented Nuthatch; for the lucky few Black-throated Parrotbill may put in an appearance.

Doi Inthanon Km 34 Trail Map
Spectacled Barwing
Spectacled Barwing
  Chestnut-vented Nuthatch
Chestnut-vented Nuthatch
Blue Whistlingthrush
Blue Whistlingthrush (caeruleus)
  Dark-backed Sibia
Dark-backed Sibia
(Photos by Nick Upton)
Several species of high altitude Bulbul can frequently be seen here in a morning with Mountain Bulbul being common along with Flavescent and Striated Bulbul which often gives itself away with its "hiccup" call.

As the trail flattens out some nice forest is on either side and a wide variety of species is always possible; Golden-throated Barbet and Maroon Oriole are often calling here but can be tricky to see in the canopy. Blue Whistlingthrush will often be encountered on the track itself, in the dry season the migratory caeruleus subspecies joins the resident yellow-billed eugenei subspecies and is easily mistaken for rarer birds!!! Look out for White-necked Laughingthrush and Long-tailed Broadbill in the breeding season.

An area of pine trees often holds Hume's Leaf Warbler and in late March its buzzing song can sometimes be heard before it departs for its breeding ground. The pines are a great place to see parasitic orchids at the right time of year.

Some open patches in the understorey of the forest on this trail are good places to look for skulking birds such as Slaty-bellied Tesia, Pygmy Wren Babbler and White-gorgetted Flycatcher. For those who like a challenge two species of Seicercus warblers are frequent along here; Bianchi's and Marten's, the only reliable way of identifying them is by call due to worn plumages confusing any slight differences there may be. To add to the confusion a thirds species, Grey-crowned Warbler, is also found here although it seems to prefer the more open areas with a grassy understorey.

Further along the trail emerges into some open country where there is a great viewpoint out over the mountain. This habitat contains some different species for some variety to a morning's birding with Red-whiskered Bulbul, Fire-breasted Flowerpecker and Rusty-cheeked Scimitar-babbler all being common. It is also a good place to look out for soaring raptors such as Oriental Honey-buzzard and Grey-faced Buzzard. Skulking species such as Hill Prinia and Russet Bush Warbler also exist here but seeing them in the thick vegetation is a real challenge. This trail goes on for many kilometres for those who like hiking and it could turn up some unusual birds.

Mr Daeng's : Mr Daeng has a beautiful collection of bird photographs and an informative birding logbook. However, the real reason to stop here is for the birds that turn up at the stakeout behind his restaurant; Dark-sided Thrush, Lesser Shortwing and Siberian Blue Robin and Hill Blue Flycatcher are often seen during the dry season; there is little to see in the wet season though. Birds such as Little Spiderhunter, Grey-breasted Prinia, Black-throated Sunbird, Banded Bay Cuckoo and Olive-backed Sunbird can be found in the garden and it is always worth checking out the trees at the entrance to Mr Daeng's which have mistletoe on them which is frequently visited by Plain Flowerpecker and various species of White-eye.

Campsite : The target species for most people here is Black-tailed Crake which sometimes puts in an appearance an hour or two before dark. Sit somewhere near the road and look at the gap between the two overgrown marshy patches to have a chance of seeing the crake. Some years the birds are very easy to see and in other years almost impossible; it really depends on whether the Thai photography fraternity have been baiting the area on a daily basis. Some have tried using call playback to lure the crake into a viewable position but my fear is that the birds have heard this so many times that they no longer react and the national park authorities seem to do their best to disturb the crakes with innapropriate tree-planting and even dumping road-building materials on the area it used to be seen regularly on. The service road here continues through some pine forest where it is easy to see Japanese Tit, Grey-capped Pygmy Woodpecker and a few other species.

Mrs Goulds Sunbird
Bird Watching Tours To Doi Inthanon:
If you have just a day or two for birding from Chiang Mai then Doi Inthanon is a great place to visit and it is also a must-visit site for longer bird watching tours of Northern Thailand and, indeed, tours of the whole country. Doi Inthanon is at its best in December or January for migrant species but at all times of the year a large number of excellent resident birds are easily seen.

Contact me to arrange a birding trip and/or to discuss the best bird watching options for you:
A short walk up the road through some farmland brings one to the remnants of a small orchard where Daurian Redstart was reliable in the past; it sometimes still does show up in what is left of the habitat. Other open-country birds can be seen along here include Grey Bushchat, Eastern Stonechat, Pied Bushchat, Grey-breasted Prinia and Green Bee-eater.

Km 22 (Siritan) Waterfall : This rather beautiful and large waterfall has a small car park and a trail leading to its viewing platform. This offers a great view of the water pouring over the lip and often provides sightings of River Chat. Grey Wagtail and Blue Whistling Thrush should both be seen and by walking down to the water from the platform Plumbeous Redstarts can be found. When the water is low it is possible to make ones way downstream by climbing along the rocks providing access to the forest for the adventurous.
Siriphum Waterfall : This waterfall can be accessed by following the road to the campsite and turning left when the school is to one's right. Follow the signs to the base of the falls. This is a good place for River Chat and Plumbeous Redstart as are other waterfalls on Doi Inthanon; this one is much less often visited by birders however. There is a trail which follows an irrigation channel which can produce some nice birds, but beware of the slippery flagstones. I am told that this is a good stake-out for White-headed Bulbul too; be careful to get a good look at them and not to mistake stresemanni or leucothorax subspecies of Black Bulbul for White-headed as they can both occur in the north. During the wet season this is one of the few known breeding localities, in Thailand, of Brown-breasted Flycatcher.

Vatcharitan Waterfall : This far down the mountain the forest is very different to that at the summit. The waterfall itself is very photogenic, particularly after the wet season. Blue Whistling Thrush is always present here with at least two subspecies to be seen in the "winter" months; Grey Wagtail is often to be seen foraging amongst the torrent. A little downstream of the falls, where a set of steps leads down to the stream, Slaty-backed Forktail is usually to be found but can be shy so be quiet and still. Plumbeous Water Redstart can also be encountered here but can be very quiet and often sticks to the shadows, so look closely. River Chat will sometimes show up here too if there is no disturbance, but it is more likely to be spotted on the falls. It is worth spending an early morning or late afternoon here to see this bird undisturbed as its colours are wonderfully vivid: this is one of my favourite birds at Doi Inthanon. Note: Slaty-backed Forktail is still easy to find here in the wet season but River Chat and Plumbeous Redstart are absent.

There is a trail up the side of the falls, to the top, which goes through the forest for a kilometre or so. I have not spent much time here but species such as Golden-fronted Leafbird, Puff-throated Bulbul, Large Cuckooshrike, Grey-headed Canary Flycatcher and Black-headed Bulbul are easily seen.

Km 18: A bridge crosses a stream here and the waterfall viewable to the left, as one heads uphill, is a reliable spot for Slaty-backed Forktail and Blue Whistling Thrush. Often Striated Swallow can be seen in flight here and sometimes Dusky Crag Martin joins them.

Km 13 : A small parking area leads to a bridge over a stream and then along a road through the dry forest, running steeply uphill for several kilometres before becoming more undulating and eventually leading to several small villages. The road has been completely innappropriately widened by national park authorities in 2016 (you now know where that 300 baht entry fee goes) cutting a swathe through the forest and probably making birding along here even harder than it already was.

This has been a favourite place to look for Rufous-winged Buzzard, Black-headed Woodpecker and White-rumped Falcon over the years although they are by no means assured due to the excessively low levels of bird activity along here, even in the early morning.

Collared Falconet
Collared Falconet
  Black-headed Woodpecker
Black-headed Woodpecker
(Photos by Nick Upton)
Black-headed Woodpecker is an extremely attractive bird which is fairly numerous in this area although quiet and inactive for much of the time; other woodpeckers here include Grey-capped Pygmy, Common Flameback and White-bellied. Species such as Golden-fronted Leafbird, Sooty-headed Bulbul, Purple Sunbird and Lineated Barbet are likely and raptors also include Collared Falconet and Black Baza. Black-backed Forktail inhabits the stream at the Km 13 parking area and can be seen in the mornings. This road can be punishingly hot from about 9.30am and totally devoid of birds; I have had the best luck in the early morning and an hour before dusk, after 5.30pm, in areas with the most mature and spaced out trees.

Mae Klang Falls: This area can be worth investigating early in the morning before the heat becomes too much or too many people turn up. Greater Racket-tailed Drongo is very obvious here and I have also seen Banded Kingfisher at this point. On one fortunate occasion the very beautiful Black-headed Woodpecker put in an appearance for me here.

Parakeet Pre-roost: About 3 kilometres from the Inthanon Highland Resort is an area of large scattered trees which is a regular pre-roost gathering for Blossom-headed Parakeets in the dry season. The highest number I have counted is at least 60 birds and I have heard of reports of more than 100. This spot is also good for Rufous Treepie, Indochinese Bushlark, Striated Swallow and a number of other dry open-country species; in fact a surprising number of species can be added to your trip list here.

Doi Inthanon Parakeet Roost Map
Not to Scale
Blossom-headed Parakeet
Blossom-headed Parakeet

To get there, turn left towards the "parakeet conservation area" a little before the Inthanon Highland Resort. Turn right before reaching the conservation area and over a small bridge, turning left as you pass over it. Go through an abandoned resort and continue a few kilometres until the scattered houses which form a village. At a small left hand turning you will see an obvious shelter with plenty of space to park in front of it.

Wait for the birds to arrive in the trees marked on the map. Between 5pm and sunset is the time when the parakeets will arrive and form flocks before heading off to their roost site.
Although there is quite a range of accommodation here it ranges from grubby to adequate within the park itself, with better quality just outside. Two locations within the park have National Park bungalows; park HQ and Mae Pan. At HQ the bungalows appear to cater for large parties, and although I have never stayed here, I was told that bungalow prices started from 800 baht per night - some look quite nice. HQ also has a small shop selling a few snacks and souvenirs, including bird related items, and large restaurant for diners, which serves good food from a menu with an hilarious list of spelling errors!

The campsite is also located near headquarters, but far enough away from it to be inconvenient; remember to pack a torch for the walk back from the restaurants in the evening or possibly food can be found in the hill-tribe village. There are toilets and showers here, but these can feel just a little chilly and during busy periods it can be quite noisy too. The nights here can be surprisingly cold so make sure to bring sufficient bedding if camping otherwise a good night's sleep will be difficult to come by as I found out rather dangerously in 1999: Doi Inthanon Trip Report.

Also near HQ is Mr Daeng's where he has a few, simple, rooms for rent. Food is available here from early morning until 7.30pm and there is a bird log which can be quite informative (and misidenitifed birds) and he has copies of his birding map available. It's worth coming here for lunch at least once just to see the vast array of excellent bird photos on the walls.

The National Park bungalows at Mae Pan are quite nice and can be rented for lower prices than at HQ due to the lower number of visitors here and have the benefit of hot showers. There used to be a small restaurant here but last time I visited it was closed.

At approximately kilometre 26 there is some accommodation run by a friendly hill-tribe family and is located in a peaceful spot. This resort has been redeveloped since I last stayed there some years ago so I cannot comment on the quality of accommodation or availability of food - take a look and let me know.

Other facilities in the park include excellent hot chocolate, tea and coffee at the summit with souvenirs for sale along with postcards stamps and a postbox so you can send something home from Thailand's highest point. Pot noodles and other simple snacks are also sold from a few kiosks and the military checkpoint. Simple food, snacks and drink are available at the Gaew Mae Pan car park and at the 2 chedis with barbecued chicken and ice-cream at Vatcharitan waterfall. In the rainy season the stalls at Vatcharitan waterfall are usually closed though.

By far the nicest accommodation is outside of the national park with the Inthanon Highland Resort being a particularly pleasant place to stay, but perhaps a little over-priced at 1600 baht per night. They are used to catering for birdwatchers and will have breakfast ready early in the morning - the food here is very good. Sometimes this place gets very busy with birding groups, but there is a good alternative next door; Touch Star Resort which is more expensive but newer. Along the road from Chom Thong to the park entrance is an ever-growing number of places to stay which may suit bird watchers. The National Park staff will charge visitors the 300 baht entrance fee on a daily basis if staying outside of the park.

Nearby Chom Thong has a number of shops and a petrol station where most supplies can be found - there is even a small Tesco supermarket now where a large range of supplies can be found. There are also cash machines in the town should you run short of money! There is also a 7/11 store a couple of kilometres along the Doi Inthanon road from Chom Thong with an ATM and various snacks.

Chiang Mai, where most visitors to Doi Inthanon will stay for at least a short period, has lots of excellent places to stay and eat. A good hotel in Chiang Mai is the Amora Tapae. This is a very comfortable hotel with ample parking and an excellent breakfast buffet which begins at 6am (if you get there a bit earlier the food is ready and they will let you in) and it is also convenient for walking to many of Chiang Mai's most famous temples and the Sunday night market. Hotel M (small parking area, no breakfast) and Hotel Imm (plenty of parking, no breakfast, no lift) are both similar hotels in the same area.
 Some useful Books
Buy How Birds Migrate Buy Birds of Thailand by Craig Robson Buy Speciation & Biogeography of Birds Buy Birds of Southeast Asia by Craig Robson
 Other Related Pages
Doi Inthanon Bird Checklist

Birdwatching Tours

Other Northern Thailand Birding Locations
 Photo Galleries
Select the thumbnail photos to see larger images.

Doi Inthanon

Doi Inthanon

Doi Inthanon

Doi Inthanon

Vatcharitan Waterfall,
Doi Inthanon

Vatcharitan Lower Falls

Km 13 trail

Jeep track Km 34.5

Rice Terraces near HQ

Mountain View
Some Birds from Doi Inthanon

Female Rufous-bellied Niltava

Grey-throated Babbler

White-tailed Robin

Striated Swallow

Rufous-winged Buzzard
Thailand bird watching tours
Bird Watching Trips:
Doi Inthanon is a must-visit site for your northern Thailand bird watching itinerary for a large number of colourful species and some great birding in beautiful forest. Doi Inthanon always provides good birding and often a few surprises.

Look at some itinerary ideas, Thailand bird tours, or contact me for information:
 Trip Reports
Rainy Season Birding Tour of Thailand, 1st-14th July 2009 - by Nick Upton

In Search of 4 Target Species in the North, 28-29th July 2008
- by Nick Upton

A day Trip to Doi Inthanon, 26th July 2008
- by Nick Upton

Wet Season Tour of Thailand, 17-25th July 2008
- by Nick Upton

North & Northeastern Thailand, 28th June-21st July 2007
- by Stephen Totterman

Thailand, 31st March - 13th April 2007
- by Vincent Van Der Spek

Northern Thailand, 14-19th February 2007
- by Peter Ericsson

Thailand Tour, 11-29th January 2007
- by Patrick O'Donnell

Thailand Introduction, 11-21st January 2007
- by Joe Cockram

Thailand Tour, 10-24th January 2007
- by K. David Bishop

Doi Inthanon, 21-25th April 2006
- by Dominic Le Croissette

Northern Thailand, 6-13th October 2004
- by Peter Ericsson

Doi Inthanon, 15-21st November 2003
- by Dave Gandy

Doi Inthanon, 25-28th January 2002
- by Peter Ericsson

Doi Inthanon, 17-21st January 2000
- by Peter Ericsson

Doi Inthanon, 8-10th November 1999
- by Nick Upton
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  • Dry Dipterocarp Forest at Doi Inthanon - posted 14/03/14
  • Summit of Doi Inthanon - posted 25/03/13
  • Some Sightings on Doi Inthanon's Summit - posted 26/01/13
  • Doi Inthanon Summit - posted 15/08/09
  • Silver-eared Mesia - posted 11/01/09
  • The Jeep Track at Km 37.5, Doi Inthanon - posted 10/08/08
  • A Rainy Season Birding Trip - posted 09/08/08
  • Tour of Thailand, 17 January to 6 February 2008 - posted 05/03/08
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