Doi Suthep-Pui National Park: Our most recommended tours and activities

4-Hour Doi Suthep & Hmong Hill Tribe Village from Chiang Mai

1. 4-Hour Doi Suthep & Hmong Hill Tribe Village from Chiang Mai

Depart Chiang Mai and travel to the temple of Wat Phra That Doi Suthep on Doi Suthep mountain. Follow in the footsteps of the pilgrims who climb up 309 steps to the stupa on the hilltop. Get spectacular views of Chiang Mai city and its surroundings. Then, visit a village and museum of the ethnic Hmong hill tribe, located inside the boundaries of the Doi Suthep-Pui National Park. Learn more about the life of the tribe, known for their colorful costumes and handicraft traditions. Return to Chiang Mai and get dropped off at your hotel.

Chiang Mai: Doi Suthep Temple and Sticky Waterfall Tour

2. Chiang Mai: Doi Suthep Temple and Sticky Waterfall Tour

Get picked up from your hotel or accommodation in Chiang Mai and drive up the curvy mountain roads to Doi Suthep - Pui National Park. You will visit the most important temple here. Walk up 306 steps (or, if you prefer an easier method, take a funicular ride) to the temple, which sits at 1,100 meters above sea level. The famous golden pagoda is stunning and the temple contains the relic of the Lord Buddha. Here, you'll also have the chance to get a holy blessing from a Buddhist monk and participate in a wrist tiding ceremony. From the balcony, enjoy a panoramic view of Chiang Mai. Next, you'll continue to Bua Tong waterfalls. Swim around the clear water or climb the "sticky" limestone and enjoy the gorgeous natural scenery.

Chiang Mai: 6-Hour Doi Pui National Park Summit Hike

3. Chiang Mai: 6-Hour Doi Pui National Park Summit Hike

After being picked up in the morning from your hotel in Chiang Mai city, you will head towards your local hiking adventure. 2 hours after beginning your ascent, you will reach Wat Doi Suthep at the 1,100 meter mark. Here you will start to traverse through highland jungle and the old Hmong Hill Tribe Village near the summit of Doi Pui which you will reach after your 3rd hour. After a hearty lunch at the village and an approximate 1-hour climb, you will tackle the summit of Doi Pui peak. Here we get to enjoy 180 degrees views of the Mae Ping Valley. The trip will be completed by a climb with a 30-minute downhill stroll to the Doi Pui Camp grounds ,where your ride back awaits you. Refreshed with cold drinks and snacks, you will then head back to the comfort of Chiang Mai, but not before making a stop at Wat Suthep to marvel at this rich temple which was built centuries ago in 1383.

Chiang Mai: Doi Suthep, Secret Temple & Sticky Waterfall

4. Chiang Mai: Doi Suthep, Secret Temple & Sticky Waterfall

Embark on a full-day expedition from Chiang Mai, immersing yourself in the spiritual serenity of Doi Suthep and Wat Pha Lad Temples, reveling in the vibrant hues of the Orchid and Butterfly Farm, and culminating in a unique adventure climbing the Sticky Waterfall. This tour blends culture, nature, and thrill, designed to create unforgettable experiences. Your day commences with a pick-up from your hotel between 8:00-8:30 am. The first stop on our journey is the Doi Suthep Temple, a golden pagoda that is one of the most revered religious sites in Thailand. Its spiritual atmosphere and panoramic view over Chiang Mai are sure to leave you in awe. Next, discover the hidden jewel of Chiang Mai - Wat Pha Lad Temple. Tucked away in the jungle, it offers a serene escape from the city's hustle and bustle. Following this spiritual encounter, we head to the Orchid and Butterfly Farm. Marvel at the farm's colorful array of orchids and the fluttering butterflies, a spectacle for nature enthusiasts. Recharge with a local Thai lunch before heading to the tour's climax - the Sticky Waterfall. Unlike any other, this waterfall allows you to climb directly up its rocks, thanks to the limestone deposits that create a 'sticky' grip. Spend your time swimming, relaxing, or partaking in this unique climbing adventure. After a day filled with culture, nature, and adventure, we will conveniently drop you back at your hotel around 4:00 pm.

Full Day Hike & Bike at Doi Suthep Mountain National Park

5. Full Day Hike & Bike at Doi Suthep Mountain National Park

At 9:00 AM, begin the day with a hotel pick-up and ride to the base. Once arrived, you'll have your safety briefing and be kitted out in safety gear. Then you can begin the hike up to the old Hmong Hill Tribe Village at the summit of Doi Pui National Park. The trek takes you through a stunning highland jungle, filled with huge indigenous Mai Yai trees. After about 3 hours of steady walking, you'll reach your destination: the summit of the National Park, reaching an elevation of 1400m. At the peak, your bikes and gear will be waiting for you in the nearby village. After a well-earned lunch break, begin your descent through the National Park on your mountain bike toward Lake Huay Tung Tao, an approximately 2-hour ride away. In contrast to the hike up, gravity rewards you now with a cool ride downhill with views of the beautiful Mae Ping Valley.  Awaiting you lakeside is a proper late lunch with cool drinks. Take a dip before it’s time to jump back in the truck and head out of the National Park. After a fun day out, you will be delivered back to your hotel around 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM.

Chiang Mai: A Day Trek in National Park & Bamboo Rafting

6. Chiang Mai: A Day Trek in National Park & Bamboo Rafting

07.00 AM Leaving from the Chiang Mai city heading to Maetang area approximately 1 hours 08.00 AM Visit the local market, the colorful and exotic local market, on the way, which is where the local people and the hill tribes meet and trade their goods mostly fresh fruits, vegetables and flowers. Continue to Waterfall. 09.00 AM Arrive at Mak Fha Waterfall is part of Doi Suthep-Pui National Park, surrounded by lush forest. It is located on the 20th kilometer of Mae Malai-Pai Road. To get there, take a left turn at 20 Km to a dirt road and proceed for 2 kilometers. The waterfall, which is surrounded with lush green trees, is full of water all year round. 11.00 AM Continue on the road from waterfall to Akha Village. We will Walk around Akha Village to absorb diverse culture and chance to see the local lifestyles. Have a local tasting Lunch at Village. 13.00 PM Trek from Akha village Baan Tung Yua to Lahu Village approximately 6 km and walking approximately 2-3 hours it's depend on walking condition of trekker. The routing will be walking down hill and some part is walking up hill. 15.00 PM Arrive at Lahu Homestay Baan Pong- Ngan where a small Lahu village, no electricity, no internet access then we will absorb their lifestyle. Bamboo rafting grade 3 rapids with beautiful scenery and excited with many rapid approximately 2 hours (Depend on water level) 17.30 PM At The end of Raft then transfer Back to Chiang Mai city. Phone emergency number +66 81 961 9330

Chiang Mai: Doi Suthep National Park Leisure Hike & Bike

7. Chiang Mai: Doi Suthep National Park Leisure Hike & Bike

Embark on a one-hour drive to the top of Doi Suthep National Park. Our first stop at Monthatan waterfalls gives us a glimpse into the diversity of flora in this National Park. Hike through the beautiful Northern Thai highlands to a forgotten Hill Tribe village. Take in the viewpoints to the east and to the north of the Mae Ping valley, where lunch will be had. After a good rest, start the ride down Suthep National Park on a smooth road. After a stop at the Queen Summer Palace and amazing views, continue to the famous Wat Suthep. The magnificent temple grounds reach 3600 feet in altitude. Continue cruising downhill on comfortable mountain bikes to the ancient Wat Pha Lat.

Doi Suthep Hill Tribe Village and Evening Buddhist Service

8. Doi Suthep Hill Tribe Village and Evening Buddhist Service

Benefit from pickup at your hotel in Chiang Mai, and then depart for Doi Suthep and Pui Mountain. Arrive at Doi Suthep Temple to transfer to a small truck that will take you into the mountains to a remote Hmong Hill Tribe village. Learn how the locals still live connected to nature, and get some free time to explore the village on your own, including the primary school and its compound. Relax with an afternoon coffee or tea before heading back to Doi Suthep Temple. Follow your guide through the historic complex, and get lots of information about the ideals and beliefs behind Buddhism. Attend an evening service at the temple to get better acquainted with the beliefs, bathed in golden light.

Chiang Mai: Huay Tung Tao & Mt. Suthep Bike Tour with Lunch

9. Chiang Mai: Huay Tung Tao & Mt. Suthep Bike Tour with Lunch

Oxygen Ride Take a half-day bike tour outside of Chiang Mai to Lake Huay Tung Tao and the base of Mt Suthep. Experience the region's natural beauty and local culture while cycling through picturesque landscapes. At the lake, you can ride around, fish, swim, and even take a swan boat ride. Then, continue on to the base of Mt Suthep to admire the stunning scenery and learn about the region's history and culture. The tour includes lunch, bike equipment, and hotel pickup and drop-off. Join an experienced guide for a memorable and enjoyable adventure. When: Daily 9:30 am - 2:30 pm All year rain or shine Trip: Chiang Mai to Huay Tung Thao Location: Along the base of Suthep mountain Biking time: approx. 3hrs, 20 km Flora: Mountain foot hills Personal fitness: okayLunch , drinks included

Doi Suthep National Park: Beginner Downhill Bike Ride

10. Doi Suthep National Park: Beginner Downhill Bike Ride

This tour offers the most scenic and popular downhill mountain bike ride in Chiang Mai. Your day kicks off with transfer from your hotel at 9:30 AM and a comprehensive safety and bike fit-out briefing. After a 45-minute drive to the top of Doi Pui Mountain, you’ll take a short test ride to get comfortable with the equipment.   Finally ready, you’ll head off towards Hill Top Coffee Plantation along a small jeep track. If you’re a beginner, your guide will help you with your downhill riding techniques. Follow the track covered by spectacularly large tree canopies to enjoy the cooler temperatures before arriving at the first resting point. Take a break and maybe try a cup of local coffee as you soak in the mountain air and views! Home to the friendly Hmong Hill Tribe People, you will witness the rural living and farming in Northern Thailand’s mountains.   The second route you will take requires your full attention, as the wild growth of the forest hugs the track. For advanced riders, there are single tracks paralleling the moderately challenging jeep route to get their technical single-track fix (advanced riders know what I'm talking about!). There will be plenty of fantastic viewpoints for rest stops and lightly mixed terrain to challenge you as your ride continues down towards Lake Huay Tueng Tao at the base of the mountain. Arriving at the lake, you’ll enjoy a dip if you like, a well-deserved meal and amazing views of the mountain that just gave you an awesome 3+ hour mountain bike descent adventure. Then it’s time to head back to Chiang Mai, the lazy way: by truck, which will have you back around 3:30 PM.

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What people are saying about Doi Suthep-Pui National Park

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4.7 / 5

based on 516 reviews

We booked the private tour. They picked us up at our hotel in a roomy, comfortable fan. The guide was outstanding, providing us with a great deal of information about Chiang Mai and Thailand in general. The Hmong village is interesting, and our guide really brought it to life. The village gardens are amazing. It’s mostly a fantastic shopping experience. We came back down a little ways on the mountain to finish the tour at the Temple, and, again, our guide really brought it to life. It is truly glorious. The driver also did a first rate job keeping us comfortable as he navigated the windy mountain road. Definitely recommend this tour.

Such patient guides and wonderful teachers for our hike and bike ride. They kept a great pace and shared information along the way. Thank you Tui and A, for being so funny and kind! I couldn’t recommend these two guides more!

A challenging but rewarding hike :) the views at lunch were spectacular. The guides were all super friendly and knowledgeable about the area, and I was lucky enough to be with nice people!

Loved it ! Thank you. It was challenging though - as it was my 1st time mountain biking. Our guides were very helpful and we had a great small group. Reasonable fitness level is required.

Wonderful trip led by the most experienced and knowledgeable guide. Highly recommend this tour to everyone.