Speed Forward with the All New Pajero sport up Huay Nam Dung and View the Stunning Sea of Mist
Amazing Road Trips with All New Pajero sport has brought you to several viewing sites of the sea of mist but today’s destination is the most noteworthy of them all. That is Huay Nam Dung National Park which spans over Chiang Mai and Mae Hong Son provinces. Ready for our trip? Let’s get started!
Get to Know Our Destination
The Huay Nam Dung National Park is the country’s 80th national park and was established on August 14, 1995. It spans an area of 782,575 rai or 1,252.12 square kilometers over Mae Tang, Wiang Haeng, and Chiang Dao districts in Chiang Mai Province and Pai District in Mae Hong Son Province. The park has pristine conditions with a mountain range running through and is also a key water source. The Huay Nam Dung National Park has several stunning hilltops including Doi Chang and Doi Sam Muen.
Fun in the Sun
- We’ve talked about some amazing sea of mist in several areas but did you know that the viewpoint at the office of Huay Nam Dung (Doi Kew Lom) in Mae Tang District’s Tambon Keedchang is considered to be the country’s leading sea of mist viewing area? That is because the mist that occurs here is trapped between mountaintops. During the night, the temperature around the mountaintops drop and results in little droplets which turn into mist in the morning. At this area, you can also view Doi Chiang Dao and beautiful blooms during the end of Winter.
- The Huay Nam Dung National Park has four trekking routes that takes about an hour, isn’t too steep, and brings you close to nature. The Uaung Ngern and Huay Nam Dung routes are each 1,470 meters in length and has 13 stops. The Pong Duad route is 1,550 meters long and has 11 stops while the Pong Nam Ron route has 17 stops. There are also eight overnight trekking routes which brings you through hill tribe dwellings, on elephant rides, and on rafts. There are also cycling routes available.
- There are plenty of activities to pursue at Huay Nam Dung, such as rafting on the Mae Tang River which takes about 3-4 hours. For this activity, you will need to trek through the forest and spend the night at Pang Paka or Pa Kaolarm villages. During the end of the rainy season and the start of the cold season, do visit the hotsprings of Tapai and Pong Duad that has private bathing rooms, restaurants, dwellings, and campsites available. There are also several waterfalls such as the Huay Nam Dung, Mae Yen, Mae Lard, Mae Hard, and Mae Ping waterfalls, and Huay Namru and Mae Pai River. You can also catch a glimpse of the chalet-style Uauang Ngern Palace which was built by the Royal Forest Department for the late Her Royal Highness Princess Galyani Vadhana, the late King’s older sister.
- Huay Nam Dung National Park is most breathtaking during the rainy season from mid-May to November and during the cold season from November to February. The average temperature during the cold season stands at 14.1 degrees Celsius.
- The park has campsites available and if you bring your own tents, you just need to pay 30 Baht a night for the space. Tents and beddings are available for hire but do call in advance to book them. Bungalows for hire are also available but they are limited in number.
- As usual, when visiting a national park, do tidy up after yourself and remove all your trash to deposit in the trash bin. Keep your noise level down so as not to disturb animals and other tourists. Do prepare comfortable closed shoes for hiking and warm clothing to ward off the chilly temperature.
How to Get There
To get to Huay Nam Dung National Park from Chiang Mai, use Highway 107 (Chiang Mai-Fang) and drive 37 kilometers to Mae Malai fresh market in Mae Tang District. Turn left onto Highway 1095 (Chiang Mai-Pai) and drive for 65 kilometers until you reach the park’s checkpoint. Then turn right and drive another 6 kilometers and you’ll arrive at the park’s office. A further 1-kilometer drive will bring you to the tourist center.
Safe Driving Tips
For more information, please contact
Chiang Mai Tourism of Thailand Office
Areas of jurisdiction: Chiang Mai, Lamphun, Lampang
105/1 Chiang Mai-Lamphun Road Tambon Wat Ket Muang District Chiang Mai 50000
Tel: 0 5324 8604, 0 5324 8607, 0 5330 2500
Fax: 0 5324 8605, 0 5330 2501