Thailand is a country of beautiful national parks such as Erawan National Park, Doi Inthanon National Park, Ob Khan National Park and so on. Located in Chiang Mai province, Doi Suthep-Pui National Park is a good place for hiking, camping or mountain biking.
About Doi Suthep-Pui
Formerly known as Doi Aoy Chang, Doi Suthep-Pui National Park is named after the mountain where the hermit Sudeva lived on it’s slopes for many years. The park is situated in Chiang Mai Province, only few kilometers northwest of Chiang Mai City covering 265 km². Doi Suthep is part of the Thanon Thong Chai Range, most of it’s bedrock is granite. The other two peaks are Doi Buak Ha and Doi Pui, the latter one is the highest at 1685 meters.
The main attractions of the park is Wat Phra That Doi Suthep which is build near the peak of Doi Suthep, few waterfalls, viewpoints, caves and the nature. The park is ideal for hiking through many trail options as well as for cycling and camping.
Forests in the park concists of evergreen forest on higher altitudes above 1000 meters and deciduous forest on lower parts with some mixed deciduous-evergreen forest occuring in gullies and along streams. Common trees include oaks, dipterocarps, and trees of the magnolia family. There are nearly 2000 species of ferns and flowering plants, nearly 300 species of birds and number of mammal species.
Some of mammal species are Indian muntjac, wild boar, Assam macaque, Indochinese serow, Asian golden cat, Malayan porcupine and Asian black bear.
Common birds found in the national park are white-crested laughingthrush, grey-headed canary-flycatcher, great barbet, blue-throated barbet, grey-capped pygmy woodpecker,rey-chinned minivet, Blyth’s shrike-babbler, Yunnan fulvetta and slaty-backed flycatcher.