Doi Inthanon picture tour from the other side, no fee

helbob

Ol'Timer
Nov 9, 2007
251
35
28
doi-inthanon-karte.jpg

Means: Doi Inthanon from the other side, no entrance fee
mae-hong-son-loop.jpg

Thanks David Unkovich: https://www.gt-rider.com/

[list type=decimal]
[*]Start on the 108 in Chiang Mai drive south 17 km to Sanpatong.[/*:m:2lak69co]
[*]In Sanpatong turn right the way to Mae Wang. On this way are some small gasoline stations.[/*:m:2lak69co]
[*]At km 31 Mae Wang. After Mae Wang a curve mountain street on a river. [/*:m:2lak69co]
[*]km 38 a elephant camp.
elefantencamp.jpg
[/*:m:2lak69co]
[*]km 43 the small city Ban Mae Win with the last smal gasoline station. After Mae Win more high in the mountains.[/*:m:2lak69co]
[*]km 59 good view to the Doi Inthanon.
thailand-doi-inthanon-tour-02.jpg
[/*:m:2lak69co]
[*]km 60 turn left to Doi Inthanon (no sign!).
thailand-doi-inthanon-tour-06.jpg

If you not turn left and drive straight on you will see a small temple
thailand-doi-inthanon-tour-03.jpg

with a great view
thailand-doi-inthanon-tour-01-thumb.jpg

and the small town Huai Tong.
thailand-doi-inthanon-tour-04.jpg

The temple is on km 61,5. The city Huai Tong is at km 62,5.
thailand-doi-inthanon-tour-05.jpg

In the city is a small „supermarket“. For this way you need about 2,5 hr.[/*:m:2lak69co]
[*]After back to the way to Do Inthanon.,the tachometer shows 65km. [/*:m:2lak69co]
[*]km 77 A fork in the forest, turn left.
thailand-doi-inthanon-tour-07.jpg
[/*:m:2lak69co]
[*]Then the Chiang Mai Research Center on the right side ,
thailand-doi-inthanon-tour-08.jpg

turn left.
thailand-doi-inthanon-tour-09.jpg

Now, the best. Greatful outlooks and a fantastic landscape
thailand-doi-inthanon-tour-11.jpg
[/*:m:2lak69co]
[*]km 92 a small town.
thailand-doi-inthanon-tour-10.jpg
[/*:m:2lak69co]
[*]On a high street
thailand-doi-inthanon-tour-12.jpg

is a checkpoint[/*:m:2lak69co]
[*]near km 100 a fork to the Siriphum Waterfall.
thailand-doi-inthanon-tour-13.jpg

Not the biggest but o.k. On the mainstreet turn right. After again a small checkpoint.[/*:m:2lak69co]
[*]km 107 after 4 hr the Doi Inthanon temples
thailand-doi-inthanon-tour-17.jpg

with the 2 nice temples near the top.
thailand-doi-inthanon-tour-15.jpg

Temperature 22,3°C,but sometimes very cold here!! Entrancefee 10 Baht. Between the 2 Tempel is a big parking place with restaurant.
thailand-doi-inthanon-tour-16.jpg

3 km more up is the top.If you drive with a 2-stroke engine the power will go down on this way. On the top is only a military station, no photo!
gipfel.jpg
[/*:m:2lak69co]
[*]Return to chiang Mai via Chomthong.
thailand-doi-inthanon-tour-14.jpg

Some km down from the mountain you can see the nice Vachiratharn Waterfall.
thailand-doi-inthanon-tour-18.jpg
[/*:m:2lak69co]
[*]km 150 the counter where you must pay normally 400 Baht,
mautstelle.jpg

but when you go down you must not stop (and they are not interessted in you)!! Only when you go up on this way you have to pay 400 baht. After the small city Ban Nam Tok Mae Klang.[/*:m:2lak69co]
[*]km 160 turn left to 108 ,the way to Chiang Mai.[/*:m:2lak69co]
[*]km 210 Back in Chiang Mai.[/*:m:2lak69co]
[/list type=decimal]
Fo the tour you need about 7- 8hr. The tour is easy, so you can drive with a honda dream too maybe 2 hr more. After rain or when raining not recommend !


Sorry about my english

Greatings
helbob
 

helbob

Ol'Timer
Nov 9, 2007
251
35
28
Thanks
and thanks for your reports, thats very interessted to read because the next trip start at 6.February.
Something in north thailand change but i think a will have a good trip.

helbob
 

helbob

Ol'Timer
Nov 9, 2007
251
35
28
Information: Now you must pay entrance fee because they have a second counter. Only when you tell them you want go to Mae Chaem, thne you must turn left a few meters after the counter. Maybe wait some minutes drive back and turn left up to Doi Inthanon. Its not 100% legal but... :silent:
 

captain_bob

Active Member
Jul 19, 2008
44
0
0
Is it sealed road all/most of the way? In other words, do I take the Phantom or the KLX? Anyone else done this "back door" way to Doi Inthanon lately? Cheers
 

helbob

Ol'Timer
Nov 9, 2007
251
35
28
Most or near all is sealed road now, but sometimes on the mountainstreet are "big holes "in the street. I think you know what i mean:

P1030845a.jpg


P1030847a.jpg


You can do this with the phantom or a Honda Gold Wing :happy3:
I drive this way at last in feb. 2010

Tipp for no fee:

doi-inthanon-tipp.gif


When you you go back from the Mae Chaem way and turn left then try to drive fast then the man on the small counter (no always occupied) not wake up :)
 

captain_bob

Active Member
Jul 19, 2008
44
0
0
Did the ride on Monday. Really nice day out with clear crisp weather except for fog near the Doi Inthanon summit. Checkpoint #2 defintely will ask to see a ticket or sell you one, but with a Thai DL I got in for 20 baht plus 20 more for the bike. Excellent lonely riding especially between Mae Win and the Siriphum waterfalls. You have to make the important left-hander just before Huay Tong which isn't signposted for Doi Inthanon but lots of signs for other places along the way, in particular the Lisu village of Khun Wang says you're on the right track. The overall 220km circuit can easily be ridden in 6-8 hours, but I took my time with 8am start 8pm back home.

The route with key points
5161923053_fb5e6331ec_z.jpg


In Sanpatong turn right on the 1013
5161232368_50a75c80fc_z.jpg


At the Y-intersection stay right towards Mae Win
5161235332_ecf3c185f9_z.jpg


Good signage along the way
5161241800_cd245e54f1_z.jpg


A few km before Mae Win the road gets twisty and the scenery gorgeous
5160641267_3d2e2b5d61_z.jpg


Rest station Thai-style. No free coffee for tired driver
5160647353_975e8e253a_z.jpg


Give way to 2-ton 4-legged traffic
5161257020_3785c6809c_z.jpg


The road climbs up between Mae Win and Huay Tong, pine trees and nice lonely ride
5161263076_768328514f_z.jpg


Important left turn to the "Highest School of Thailand"
5161266906_17f856420f_z.jpg


Quick stop to soak feet in a mountain pond. Nobody here except dragon flies and tadpoles.
5161284234_ba2e6521cb_z.jpg


On a call of nature I nearly walked face-first into this hand-sized bugger
5160690121_3baf074887_z.jpg


The Dok Bua Tong flowers are in bloom now through the end of November
5160700457_d578991427_z.jpg


Excellent lonely forest road south of Khun Wang
5161315738_0fa13a290c_z.jpg


Arrival at the Royal Project - a now familiar sight with the Siriphum waterfall in back
5161332986_a948fec7a3_z.jpg


Leafy scenery walking beneath the Siriphum waterfall area
5160747457_c2c4f7cc4e_z.jpg


Clear then foggy weather at the King's pagoda
5160787953_ba40550e67_z.jpg


Autumn flowers at the Queen's pagoda
5161398710_042c082ab9_z.jpg


Feeling closer to God with end-of-day sun at 2500 metres
5161411560_089e4cefb9_z.jpg


It's gotta be done
5161418456_6f56527402_z.jpg


Photography is forbidden =)
5161454182_48b3e72680_z.jpg


Last big view of the day. Time to head downhill.
5160865503_5073f60a92_z.jpg


Nam Tok Sirithan
5160898097_708cc719ac_z.jpg


Nam Tok Wachirathan
5160904137_bb0388ed6c_z.jpg


Out through the In Door
5160929237_2ef8a649e8_z.jpg
 

helbob

Ol'Timer
Nov 9, 2007
251
35
28
Thanks for the fresh green pics. My problem: In february the dry season start and the green will be brown and trees "naked".
This time now is best time for nice colours, only the rain is a problem.

February 2010

north-thailand-great-views-05-thumb.jpg


north-thailand-great-views-06-thumb.jpg


north-thailand-great-views-08-thumb.jpg


north-thailand-great-views-07-thumb.jpg


north-thailand-great-views-59-thumb.jpg