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Doi Suthep - Pui National Park

Doi Suthep-Pui National Park

Doi Suthep is just 12 kilometres outside the city of Chiangmai, and begins at the base of the mountain where visitors and pilgrims can pay their respects to the statue of Kruba Sriwichai, "the builder monk", responsible for the restoration of many temples in Chiangmai province and beyond. Higher up the mountain lies one of the country's most revered Buddhist temples, Wat Prathart Doi Suthep, which attracts pilgrims from throughout the country and around the world. The temple's golden Chedi houses a relic of the Lord Buddha. The mountain was named after the century sage or hermit, Rishi Warsuthep, a central figure in local my- thology, who lived in a cave on the mountain. Tourists cannot claim to have really visited Chiangmai unless they make the pilgrimage to this famous temple. Higher up the mountain one can see the paranomic view of Chiangmai City.

Doi Suthep mountain protects not only the surroundings of the temple, but also the diverse forest ecosystems of the mountain, which provide a magnificent green backdrop to Chiangmai City. As part of upper Bpee Paan Naam Range, this national park features rugged mountain. Its significant peaks include Doi Suthep, Doi Buak Ha and the highest Doi Pui at 1,685 water above sea level. The watershed mountain range originates streams namely -- Huay Kaew, Huay Chang Khian and Huay Mae Hia, wich are tributaries of Mae Ping River. The average temperature is 16 degrees Celcius. It has cold winter season and comfortable summer season.

After visitors enjoy the temple for 1 - 2 hours, another attraction, 4 kms. further, will be the Bhuping Rajchaniwej Palace, the winter residence of the royal family, which also houses a royal guesthouse for prominent state visitors from abroad. The king and queen of Denmark were the first overseas royal visitors to stay at the palace in 1962. Inside the palace compound are gardens of exceptional roses. Open Fri-Sat-Sun-public holidays. A Hmong Village at Doi Pui is located 3 kms beyond the palace, visitors can see daily tribe life-style here. On a clear day it's possible to see Doi Inthanon mountain.
A walk on the mountain provides visitors with the most accessible introduction to the forest types of northern Thailand. The national park features hill evergreen forest, deciduous dipterocarp forest, mixed deciduous forest, and coniferous forest. For naturalists, the main interest of Doi Suthep is its diversity of forest types and birds. It also provides an important stopover for birds during their annual migrations.

Doi Pui peak attracts all manner of visitors, from mountain bikers, bird watchers, botanists, butterfly enthusiasts to everyday nature trail hikers. The peak is also popular for those wishing to study the stars on clear, peaceful nights surrounded by the fresh scents of the forest.

As with all national parks in the country, Doi Suthep-Pui boasts several beautiful waterfalls, -- Huay Kaew, Montha Tharn, and Sri Sangwan, as well as attractive picnic and campsites. On the other hand, the northern area of this national park that covers the road from Mae Rim to Samoeng, i.e Rte. 1096, there are well - known waterfalls -- Mae Sa, Taad Mawk and Mae Yim. For booking facilities, contact the park office : 053 - 295041 or 053 - 210244.

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