Chiang Mai (Thailand)
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Discovering ‘DOI LUANG CHIANG DAO’
In November 2016, I went hiking with a friend up to the top of the third highest mountain in Thailand, Doi Luang Chiang Dao.
It was the most amazing journey I ever had. Of course, I am only 19, which is why I don’t have yet so much experience, but I intend to keep on going! I will try to write down in this blog the key highlights of this hike for all you guys, hoping you’ll enjoy reading it and that it will be beneficial to all the readers who are looking for more information about this mountain.
Firstly, please let me give you a short introduction about this mountain. Earlier referred as to “Doi Ang-Salung”, which relates to some ancient Buddhist beliefs associated to Mount Meru. The word ‘Doi’ means ‘mountain’ and the word ‘Louang’ means ‘Big’. This mountain is located next to the capital of the north of Thailand, Chiang Mai. It is located eighty-nine kilometers north of Chiang Mai, approximately one-and-a-half-hour drive from its international airport. This mountain peaks at 2,225 MSL. This mountain is the only one in Thailand where half-alpine plants can grow.
There are two trails opened to visitors by the National Park authorities, allowing tourists to discover how amazing this mountain is! Our guide said that those trails cover only 10% of the whole National Park. The number of tourists allowed to camp on the top of the mountain is limited to 150 persons per night. The first trail is called “Den Yah Khad”, 8 kilometers from starting point to the top while the second is 6.5 kilometers, called “Pang Vou”. The second one is more difficult to hike, steeper than the first one, while the first one is said to offer nicer views. We took the second trail because we had to hike it in a day. The trail is typically open from November, 1st to March, 31st, while late November until early February are the recommended periods for visiting the area.
In November 19th at 8 o’clock, the guide came to pick us up from the resort and it took 30 min drive to the starting point, so we started around 8:30. The overview maps is shown below. We were at the number 2 “Pang Vao”
The first 2 kilometers are quite steep, while morning dew makes the trail slippery. It became interesting when we reached the first point of sightseeing. These following pictures are showing how amazing this mountain is!
We reached almost the top of the mountain around 12:00 o’clock, it was quite hot at that time, so we stopped under the shade of a small tree for having lunch and taking a small rest. Then, we moved forward to the highest point of the mountain.
Now, we finally reached the TOP of the third-highest mountain in Thailand, DOI LUANG CHIANG DAO.
We spent around one-and-a-half-hour enjoying great views and extremely beautiful sounds of exotic birds.
We started to walk down to the bottom of the mountain at 2:20 P.M. and we had a great deal of fun running down the mountain. Finally, we arrived at the bottom of Doi Luang Chiang Down around 6:00 P.M.
This is our memorable journey in Chaing Dao. Thank you for taking the time reading our story. If anyone wants to know more information about this mountain, you are most welcome to ask us to help you.
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