Doi Luang Chiang Dao
Doi Luang Chiang Dao
Doi Luang Chiang Dao is located in the area of Chiang Dao wild life sanctuary. It is the 3rd highest limestone mountain in Thailand. Its height is about 2,225 meters from mean sea level. Doi Luang Chiang Dao is around 230-250 million years old. The rock texture is white-grey which come from sediment piling up which are formed with limestone. It is known that the Doi Luang Chiang Dao area was once a shallow sea.If looked at from aerial photographs, you will see the mountain ridge of Doi Luang Chiang Dao is horseshoe shaped encirclement. In the center is a narrow valley and around the line of the mountain is a sharp stone with chasms, and cracks which come from the chemical reaction of rain and limestone. There is a ravine called Ao Salung.
At the top of Doi Chiang Dao and Kiw Lom are two beautiful viewpoints to see the mountain mist on Doi Luang Chiang Dao. The best time to come is in the morning at the top of Doi Chiang Dao and then go to see the mist at Kie Lom another day. To reach the top of Doi Chiang Dao, it takes about 30-45 minutes walking from Ao Salung, the camp point, to the top. It is the best point to see the mist in the morning because on the top you can see a 360-degree panoramic view. At the east, is Kiw Lom, at the west it is Doi Sampeenong, at the south it is Southern Kiw Lom and at the north you will see Doi Pyramid and other ranges of small hills. The area at the top of the mountain has a path along which various plant can be seen. In March-April, the white roses will be in full blossom on the top of the mountain. And there are many kinds of beautiful birds for bird-lovers to photograph.
Doi Luang Chiang Dao is beautiful for the changeable color of the surrounding grassland, but there are also various forest flowers and rare birds to observe all along the way. Not only semi-alpine plant communities and the view of beautiful mountain mist there also is tourist attractions and activities in the area of the national park and the nearby area. Chiang Dao cave is recommended for a visit. There are three possible routes once inside the cave complex. Phra Non cave, Kaew cave and Meud and Mah cave. All these caves have beautiful stalactite and stalagmites. The other interesting places are Sri Sawal waterfall and Pong Ang hot spring.
Doi Chiang Dao is located in the area of Doi Luang Chiang Dao wild life sanctuary, about 5 kilometers from the town of Chiang Dao, which is about 75 kilometers from Chiang Mai. From Chiang Mai downtown, take highway no. 107 (Chiang Mai-Fang) through Mae Rim district, Mae Malai market. Keep driving for about 30 kilometers and at 72 kilometers you will find the intersection, turn left along the way to Chiang Dao district, Muang Kong to Ban Chiang Dao cave for 5 kilometers and then turn left again along the way to Pha Plong cave temple for about 300 meters. Then, you will arrive at Doi Luang Chiang Dao wild life sanctuary.