Kew Mae Pan Nature Trail is a must-do hiking and trekking trail not to be missed by nature lovers. It is located inside the area of Doi Inthanon National Park, home to Thailand’s highest peak.
Visitors to the National Park should include visiting this trail on their itinerary because the reward of hiking this short distance (2.78km) natural walk could be the most beautiful panoramic view you will ever see in Thailand.
This green highly-rated trail takes about 2-3 hours to finished and suitable for beginner level hikers. However, it is not recommended for people who cannot climb stairs because some trail parts require uphill hiking.
The trail sits at 2,200 meters above sea level, just a few hundred meters below Thailand’s highest peak (2,565 meters). Take note that Doi Inthanon National Park is opened all year but Kew Mae Pan Nature Trail is closed from June to October i.e. the raining season.
The trail does not charge an entrance fee (already covered by the National Park entrance fee) but due to the delicate thick forest, it is compulsory to hire a guide, which is the local Hmong hill tribe people who are highly expert on the route but speak very little English. At the starting point, you will be given a bamboo hiking stick, which the guide call them the “wooden support”.
Kew Mae Pan is a circular hiking trail, meaning visitors will go all the way right back to the starting point led by the Hmong guide. The walking trail can be divided into 3 stages, consists of a total of 21 stations. At each station, there is an interpretive sign in Thai and English language explaining different landscape and ecosystems of the trail.
The first stage is a dense cloud forest walking trail (station 1 – 6) full of moss and ferns. The evergreen forest is a watershed area because of its key role in trapping moisture in the cloud. One can hike slowly enjoying the cold fresh oxygen from thin air. Trees are high but not thick, struggling to get light while the cloud regularly hits the mountain and soaks the whole forest with high moisture. Mae Pan Waterfall is at station 3.
The second stage (station 7 – 14) is a walk through the scenic open grassland whose bright sunshine is warmer than a walk in the forest. This wide area changes colour from green in raining season to beautiful golden brown during the dry season. Station 9 is the panoramic viewpoint to take “that” breathtaking mountain view shot and where early risers waiting for the beautiful sunrise.
Depending on the weather, the visibility could be a clear sky mountain view or trapped in a mountain covered with mist, sometimes with a magnificent view of sea of cloud. If you want to catch the sunrise, it starts at 6.40 am and sun fully out around 7.00 am.
Upon station 9 is the start of opposite direction. Station 12 is an area where the pathway is narrow between two slopes. On the left is where the sun is shining with the slope falling into the green and dense forest. On the other side, it’s a moist forest where the mountain just drops into a plunging valley that merges into other valleys.
Between station 14 and 15 is the point where the King and Queen chedis i.e The Pra Mahathart Napamaythaneedol Chedi and the Pra Mahathart Napapoommisiri Chedi can be seen.
From station 15 is the last stage where we are back into the forest again. The temperature in the forest is a few degrees lower than outside and it could fell to as low as 0°C during winter time (December – February).
Near the end of the trail, there is a podium at station 20 for visitors to rest while enjoying the sounds of nature. You can hear the sound of the wind and birds singing like a band and lapping water sounds.
8:00 Pick up at your hotel
– We will take you to visit the local market to buy some food and drink during the tours. From your hotel to local market takes 40 minutes. You can spend your time for 15 minutes.
– We will drive you again to the Local coffee shop (1.30 hour driving). This coffee shop is organic coffee. All are hand-make coffee. You can take a break there for 15 minutes.
– We will drive you to hiking point for 30 minutes. This hiking is a bit hard but it is short way to hike. It’s okay if you walk slowly. You will see the highest waterter in Chiang mai, the second waterfall and the last waterfall is where you can refresh yourself. The water comes from the ground on the mountain, it’s clean and fresh.
– Then you will reach at Pa Pong Piang where you are going to take overnight.
– Your guide will explain to you about the living and the culture of Karen hill tribe.
– You can enjoy with the sunset while you are having dinner.
– Sleep in the Guest house at Pa Pong Piang. We prepare everything for you to give you a comfortably.
– 5: 50 AM. You have to get up very early to go by car to the highest mountain in Thailand.
– Enjoying with the Sunrise from the highest mountains in Thailand.
– Breakfast will be soft-boil rice and Coffee.
– Start hiking to Kew Mae Pan trail. This hiking is the most beautiful panoramic view you will ever see in Thailand.
– Visit tween pagodas that build for the King and the Queen.
– Lunch (Noodles)
– Finish the tour about 3 pm.
Total Price: 4700 THB. per person
Details of the price
– Price for homestay 700 THB. per person
– Doi Inthanon National park fee 400 THB. per person
– Tour price 3600 THB. per person.
Things you need to prepare
Belongings for two days
1 nuit dans les rizières
nous avons pu profiter de ces 2 jours au cœur du doi inthanon grâce à Tee. Le panorama sur les rizières fut juste incroyable. Tee a pu adapter le programme en fonction de nos souhaits et nous l ‘en remercions.
nous étions les seuls touristes étrangers aux rizières. à refaire!
2 days and 1 night in a tent without tourist in kareen village. We’ve seen a lot of watefall and we walked in the wild. I really recommend Tee for your next trip in Chang mai
I had the pleasure of joining Tee for a camping and trekking tour around Doi Inthanon National Park. Tee provided transportation, food, photography assistance and guidance through the overnight camp and tour. I highly recommend this to anyone looking for a cultural dive into northern Thailand as well as nature lovers. Thanks so much Tee! Will definitely be coming back.