Chiang Mai Wildlife and Eco-tourism
| If you are a person who loves to stay close to the nature, then Chiang Mai is a must see place for you. It offers trekking, cycling, 4-wheel drive, whitewater rafting, bamboo rafting, remote jungle trail, easy mountain biking, exciting elephant rides, and alternative accommodations and home stays.
One can actually stay with the families of hill tribes (Lahu, Lisu and Akha hill tribes) in their simple village huts and eat food that is freshly prepared by the local families. This experience provides the tourists with an insight into the lives and lifestyles of these hill tribe people. You can never forget the thrill of camping in a banana shelter, or in bamboo cottages set against splendid mountain backdrops. You can even enjoy cycling through countryside, farmlands, and villages.
You can also visit the Mae Malai elephant training camp, to learn how the elephants are kept and trained. You may also feed the elephants with bananas, interact with the mahouts to know more about the elephant’s behavior, see the elephants taking bath in the streams, or observe how a mother and calf interact with each other. Another place of interest is the Chiang Mai Mae Sa Orchid Farm, which is a large orchid nursery, with a wide variety of orchids. You can plan a visit to Dry Hill Evergreen forest in the Mae Pan Falls area, often referred to as the backcountry of Doi Inthanon Park, which offers a highly satisfying hike across the virgin landscapes studded with caverns and waterfalls.
If you love wildlife, you can plan a visit to Doi Inthanon National Park, which owing to its elevation (2,565m), acts as an abode for a wide variety of plants, birds and animal species. There are an estimated 364 bird species, plenty of butterflies, black bears, and different species of monkeys in this national park. Birdwatchers can have a wonderful time bird watching at Doi Inthanon and Doi Suthep.