Doi Inthanon National park is home to a unique flora and fauna, due to its different altitudes. Near the top of the mountain, the much colder climate is very different from the rest of Thailand and supports a different ecosystem. Due to the presence of hill tribes people who use the area for agricultural purposes and settlement, some parts of Doi Inthanon have been deforested.
Flora and Fauna
Doi Inthanon national park is very rich in diversity of flora and fauna due to the big differences in altitude. In the lower parts of the park the vegetation is much alike the rest of Northern Thailand.
Especially close to the top of the mountain which is covered in mist most of the time and where rainfall is high there is evergreen forest, green ferns, lianas, mosses and several plants that cannot be found elsewhere, like rhododendrons forming a unique ecosystem. Although the number of wild animals has decreased due to settlement by hill tribes people and hunting, Doi Inthanon is still a great place for nature lovers and especially for bird watchers. A number of animals like barking deer, monkeys, gibbons and macaques can be seen in the park as well as a huge number of forest plants.
Hill tribes villages
Doi Inthanon is home to a number of Hmong and Karen hill tribe villages, of which you will visit one on this tour. The Doi Inthanon Royal Project was started to educate local hill tribes people about modern agricultural techniques and to improve their living standards. It also aims to offer an alternative for the destructive slash and burn tactics used before and the production of opium. This research and development project enables the hill tribes people to grow crops like flowers, fruits, vegetables and coffee that are sold all over the country.