For the summer my friend and I are vacationing in Thailand and plan on going up Doi Inthanon in July or August. Does anyone know of a good place to get a topo of the area (In Thai or English)? I'd like to do some research before my trip and get a feel for the area.
I know its not quite the arduous climb, but I think it would be enjoyable to try an alternate route up rather than the road ro at least to try and practice some land-nav while I'm there.
Its really hard to get good topos in Thailand, mostly you will find it in book stores. When you go there and you stay in Bangkok for a few days go to the new Paragon mall, there you will find maps and topos in the book store.
The peak is easier than a walk up. It's a drive up! My recomendation woud be to climb some of the peaks in the Nan province which are a lot more interesting. I forget the names of the ones I climbed but they were described with illustrated maps in an excellent trekking book called Journeys into the Hinderland or something like that. I just tried to find it with a Google search but failed.
Hikers who want to experience real nature may want to travel on foot. This was the traditional means of climbing Doi Inthanon before car transport was available. The popular hiking route begins at Mae Klang Waterfall. The first night, hikers can stay overnight at a Karen village or in the forest. The second overnight is at the Karen village of Pah Mon. The third overnight at Pang Somdej before reaching the top of Doi Inthanon. During the journey, hikers will enjoy the high mountain environment and get the see the lives of Karen villagers. Contact telephone - (0 5326 8550). A map of Doi Inthanon National Park can be found here.