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We woke up at a hotel in Chiang Mai city center and without wasting any time further on breakfast, we went straight to Makro Chiang Mai to do some groceries for our camping trip and then head towards the Doi Inthanon National Park. It took us: 15 minutes to reach Makro from city center 1 hour and 15 minutes from Makro Chiang Mai to Doi Inthanon National Park Checkpoint #1 or main entry gate 45 minutes from checkpoint #1 to head quarters of Doi Inthanon National Park So, if you are traveling directly from Chiang Mai city center all the way to head quarters of Doi Inthanon National Park, it would take around 2 hours to reach your destination. The entrance to Doi Inthanon National Park is free and you don't have to pay anything for the entry. The road that leads you from the checkpoint #1 or entry gate towards the head quarter is all marked properly with signs guiding you along your way, and you can reach the head quarter easily by following them. The first public campsite and the biggest and the one with most facilities is the one that's right adjacent to the head quarters of the park. You will find all necessary amenities including: Public and free parking Public and free restrooms - separate toilets and shower rooms Plenty of tap water (not recommended for drinking or cooking) Electricity charging points Proper street lights and flood lights - well lit area in the night as well Restaurants Small to medium sized grocery shops having almost everything you need for your camping trip including Ice, beverages, drinking water bottles, etc. Food stalls (meals, soups, snacks, etc.) Various stalls for winter wearables like gloves, woolen caps, socks, shawls, etc. Small gadgets and camping gears etc Do checkout this video comprising of a quick tour of the facilities around this main camping site and other information like, registering for camping pitch, fees, renting camping equipment on site etc.
Camping trips are best of the breed, and I'm just crazy about every aspect of camping trips... starting right from the planning phase, I love contemplating different available options about where to go for camping, which locations have what benefits, their unique offerings etc., and then within a location, what campsites are available, which offers what views and so on. What kind of temperature we can expect, other weather conditions, distance, scenery, flora and fauna. What's activities are available in the surroundings, experiences that are unique and different, people, cultural sights and sounds. I mean, honestly, I can spend a weekend or two, enjoying just the planning phase 😄So this time, we planned to visit the very north of Thailand and you know what? for people like us, who love cool weather and avoid hot sunny days for outdoor activities, north of Thailand is just the right place for us. Unfortunately, for people like us, the climate of Thailand is not very appealing, its hot.. hot.. and hot, throughout the year 😞 and therefore, what a better treat for us to have a pleasant cool weather specially when you are outdoors for several days 🙂Chiang Mai, is kind of a dream place for us, living in Thailand. It is so lush green, hilly and is much cooler in comparison to rest of the Thailand. Thailand doesn't have winters... yes :(... no winters... but if you really wanna enjoy something close to winter, you can head towards the northern Thailand to places like Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai and few others.Now Chiang Mai, is a whole province, and it has a lot to offer. It is lush green and has mountains and hilly areas and one of the best offerings of Chiang Mai is it extremely popular destination attracting both locals and tourists a like... the one and only... Doi Inthanon National Park.And yes! we are going to an exclusive 4 days camping trip to Doi Inthanon National Park, so pack your virtual bags with us and hop on!