Mae Tho National Park covers an area of 990 square kilometres in Amphoe Hot and Mae Chaem, Chiang Mai. Once this area teas reclaimed by local people, later it was rehabilitated by the Royal Forest Department. The National Park offers scenic view of various vegetation.
The features rugged mountain range and reaches 400-1,699 metres above sea level. The highest peak is “Doi Kio Rai Mong” with 1,699 metres high.
Flora and fauna
Mae Tho National Park Mixed deciduous forest and deciduous dipterocarp blankets the National Park with various plants such as Dipterocarpus alatus. Michelia floribunda. Bischofia javensis. Alstonia scholaris. Castanopsis cerebrina. GJuta usitata. Cajanus cajan. Aglaia edulis, Tectona grandis. Lagerstroemia tomentosa and Pinus kesiya.
It is home to wildlife such as Guar, Bear, Deer, Macaque, Elephant, Wild Boar, Langur, Palm Civet, Gibbon, Common Muntjak and Serow.
Attractions in Mae Tho National Park
Mae Tho View Point
Mae Tho View Point is in the area of the National Park. Looking down into the valley below, you will see the rice terraces of Karen hill tribe which looked like a river meander line. Especially, during the rainy season, the rice fields are green and moist. If the weather is clear, you can see the peak of Doi Inthanon. In the morning, fog is very thick and cool weather all year.
Mae Aep Waterfall is located far from the National Park office for 9 kilometers. The distance to the walking trail is approximately is 1 kilometers, there’s a water fall where is width around 10-12 meters. This waterfall is beautiful ambience and nice to visit.
Mae Lit Waterfall
Mae Lit Waterfall offers spectacular scenery with 8-10 meters wide and 12-15 meters high. Walking about 500 meters from Baan Tung Luang village, there’s a waterfall, a width of 8-10 meters with a height of 12-15 meters where is very beautiful.