The chief ranger at Doi Inthanon National Park confirmed earlier this month that the Kiew Mae Pan Nature Trail would be closed until November. Speaking to media representatives, Krichsayam Khongsatree stated the closure at the Chiang Mai park was in line with that of previous years and was done to allow the local environment to regenerate.
He carried on by saying the path was shut for the five months between June 1st and October 31st as this coincided with the rainy season. Heavy rain generally makes the path and boardwalks slippery to walk on and visitor safety is another factor behind the annual closure. Mr Khongsatree noted that the closure allowed staff to repair any damage to boardwalk planking, handrails and the wooden viewpoint platform too.
Kew Mae Pan Nature Trail is one of a raft of key attractions at Doi Inthanon. The centrepiece is Doi Inthanon, a mountain 2,565-metres high, and this is complemented by the likes of Wachirathan Waterfall, the impressive Naphamethanidon and Nophamethanidon chedis, and hilltribe villages. Another nature trail, Ang Ka, is shorter and not usually closed off during the wet season. The What’s Up Guide to Visiting Doi Inthanon has more details.