Phra Mahathat Chedi Nabhametaneed and Phra Mahathat Chedi Naphapholphumsiri are two amazing monuments built on top of Doi Inthanon mountain in the shape of twin pagodas. The pagodas are very large and hugely impressive, it is as if they are standing guard over Thailand's northern boarders. The pagodas are surrounded by wonderful gardens and each offers spectacular views of the mountains, especially at sunset.
To a outdoor photographer, photographing the setting sun can be magical. Colors spring to life in from of your lens as the sun moves low on the horizon. Sunset on Doi Inthanon Mountain was an amazing treat after a long day of sight seeing. The colors were absolutely stunning. I have always found that (mostly) sunsets are more colorful that sunrises. I tested this theory on this trip by getting up early the next day to have a look (and take more photos). Thai people seemed to like the morning hours much more than the evening sun show for there was many people awake and ready for the sun to rise that morning. Which was good for me because it was quite cold and they had coffee and a few small fires to warm yourself in the main area to catch the sunrise.
The variety of birds found in Doi Inthanon not found anywhere else in Thailand due to the change in elevation experienced in the park. Well I was in the park there was a group of bird watchers there from America. This is great for me because they were calling the birds in with a special whistle. While I don't know the species names I was able to get a lot of great pictures. I am happy to share them with you here.
The nature trails of the Doi Inthanon National Park take you up into an evergreen cloud forest and along the ridge top ridge that is dotted with red rhododendron. The views from on top of the ridge are absolutely spectacular and I recommend taking the hike to anyone who makes it into the park. Before heading back into the cloud forest,you get a glimpse of the twin chedis from above and it is truly amazing.
The flowers of Doi Inthanon National Park are as stunning as the views. I am just giving you a teaser here in hopes you go and see them for yourself.
Doi Inthanon National Park is Thailand’s highest mountain at 2,599 metres above sea level and is the foothills of the Himalayas, which ranges across Nepal, Bhutan, Myanmar, and ends at Northern Thailand. The summit forest is an important source of water for the tributaries feeding the Mae Ping River. These Tributaries have cut the most amazing waterfalls, and a must see if you make it to Doi Inthanon National Park.