Doi Tung Mountain rests in the Golden Triangle area of Northern Thailand.
Reaching over 4,000 feet into the sky, Doi Tung offers amazing views of Thailand’s northernmost province of Chiang Rai for travelers on luxury tours of Thailand.
The Doi Tung Royal Villa on the slopes of Doi Tung Mountain was built in the early 90s at the request of Princess Srinagarindra, the mother of the current king of Thailand. The villa fuses the architectural styles of the Lanna Kingdom and Swiss chalets.
The Mae Fah Luang Gardens in front of the villa spreads some 15 square-miles across the mountainside. This unique park is a temperate garden -- featuring non-indigenous plants like cacti, tulips, and roses -- that is particularly popular among domestic tourists.
The villa and garden are part of the Doi Tung Development project put in place by the royal family to steer the indigenous hill tribes away from the cultivation of poppies and towards sustainable agriculture practices and tourism.
The summit of the mountain is home to Wat Pra That Doi Tung. Built in 911 A.D., this holy shrine is said to contain the collar bone of Buddha. The religious significance of the temple makes it a busy destination for pilgrims and guests on Thailand tours.
The June through October rains cause the forests to bloom a rich leafy green, and the highest temperatures in the region are from March through May.
The best weather for travelers on tours of Thailand is during the November to January temperate season.
Located in Thailand’s northernmost province of Chiang Rai, Doi Tung Mountain and its various sights are best accessed via private vehicle service.
Doi Tung's unique mix of natural beauty, sustainable development projects for the hill tribes, and religious importance make this a busy, year-round destination that no discerning traveler should miss.
Appropriate Attire :
Dress for a hike as the misty jungles and lush garden will surely lure you off the beaten path. If you’re planning to visit Wat Pra That Doi Tung at the summit of the mountain, it’s best to cover your shoulders, arms, and knees as a sign of modesty while on holy ground.