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Camping Site at Head Quarters of Doi Inthanon National Park, Chiang Mai, Thailand


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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.
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