Doi Inthanon is the highest mountain in Thailand and it had to be conquered!
After a leisurely buffet breakfast at the hotel base camp in Chiang Mai, we fearlessly departed on the first stage of the Doi Inthanon expedition in a rather comfortable 4WD vehicle with a 'sherpa' driver and local mountain guide. The drive to Camp 1 was a leisurely two hours and perfect road conditions allowed for easy back seat snoozing.
Fortified with freshly brewed coffee and pastries at Camp 1 we were ready to tackle the more dangerous final approach up the treacherous south face of Doi Inthanon. Thirty minutes later our determination and mountaineering prowess were finally rewarded - our 'sherpa' driver carefully applied the brakes and we gently came to a stop in the summit parking lot.
We had 'bagged' the highest mountain in Thailand at 2,565 meters (8,400 feet). It was a tough climb from the back seat of the car!
Wet and cool at the highest 'spot' in Thailand!
Looking up into the misty canopy.
Waterfalls cascade down all sides of Doi Inthanon.
Camp 1 on the trail to the summit! Excellent coffee al fresco.
'Macro Man' - a serious Thai bird photographer discovered in the middle of a tourist trail just below the summit of Doi Inthanon. His giant 600 mm macro lens was focused on a small, unidentified bird that looked similar to an English robin.
A fuzzy image of the 'Macro Man's' bird taken with a 200 mm lens, at an ISO of 3,200 and with no tripod. There's a reason that 'Asian Images' doesn't feature too many bird images!