A day trip that I would recommend from Chiang Mai is a visit to Doi Inthanon national park. I took this trip from my hostel in Chiang Mai where I was picked up around 9am. We set off through rural northern Thailand driving for about 1 and a half hours and our first stop was Siritarn Waterfalls. The waterfall was stunning and you have plenty of time to wander around taking snaps.
The next stop off was visiting a hill tribe in the countryside which gave me an opportunity to wander around admiring the view of rural Thailand. There are also some stalls where the hill tribe women are selling textiles of all different colours.
Afterwards we stopped for lunch and then headed to the king and queen pagoda’s. These temples were built to honour the 60th birthday anniversary of King Bhumibol Adulyadej in 1987, and Queen Sirikit’s 60th birthday anniversary in 1992. They offer a stunning view high up the mountain overlooking the beautiful forest area. As its quite high up it’s also a little cold so if you visit, bring a sweater.
We then headed along the trail to Thailand’s highest point standing 2565 metres high. You are literally above the clouds, and unfortunately as it was quite a cloudy day so there wasn’t much of a view. But it was still worth it. The tour finished around 3:30 – 4pm and I was driven back to my hostel.
If you have a day to spare or are looking for something to do in Chiang Mai then I would recommend booking this tour. There are a ton of companies offering the same itineraries but in a different order and it generally costs around 1150 baht (around £25). Its a fun day and if your trip is short it gives you a chance to enjoy a snippet of the beauty of northern Thailand.