Best camping spots in Chiang Mai

A comprehensive list of the best spots to go camping in Chiang Mai. We recommend you call in advance as they get booked quickly.

By | Wed 6 Nov 2013

Chiang Mai is known as the adventure city of Thailand. Many tourists visiting Chiang Mai are looking for adventure whether it be Hiking, Bungee Jumping, Ziplining, River Rafting or Camping.

With the rains gone for the year and winter setting in this is the best time to get your tents out and go camping. We recommend you visit some of the nationals parks in Chiang Mai to experience it for yourself.

Most of the parks have campsites and also have modern bathrooms, showers and even small huts and cabins for rent.

Doi Inthanon National park is one of the closest and most famous camping destination in Chiang Mai. The name is derived from Inthanon Mountain which is the highest peak in Thailand.  One can trek from the main campsite and explore the caves and waterfalls in the area. Tourists normally live here from a day to upto seven days, and you always have a new spot to trek and explore.

The Mae Ping National Park at Bhumibol Reservoir and Dam is located at Tak Province. This park is dense and campsite facilities are provided by the authorities. This park is famous for colourful birds and trees. Floating houses are also available in the lake for rent, if you don’t wish to go camping.

The Ob Luang National Park is set east of Amphur Hod. You will be greeted with beautiful waterfalls, caves, a hot spring and some streams, rivers and ponds in this park. The park also has a small restaurant if you don’t want to cook in the fireplace.

Padeng Camp is located about 80 Kilometres from Chiang Mai in the Chiang Dao valley. Activities at this campsite include trekking, nature hikes, mountain biking, birdwatching, nature trails and elephant riding. The authorities also have some packages for which you need to contact them in advance.

Maetang River Camp(MTRC) is a campsite nestled in a lush tropical garden setting located on the bank of the Maetang river and surrounded by mountains. The camp is an ideal location as a base for outdoor activities as trekking expeditions, white-water rafting, white water kayaking, bamboo rafting and elephant riding.

Please note that the camping season usually starts Mid-November. We recommend that you call the venues to book your holiday in advance since they get booked quickly.

Doi Inthanon National Park
Address: 119 Ban-Luang, Amphur Chom Thong, Chiang Mai 50160
Tel: +66 053-286-728 – 9, +66 053-286-730

Mae Ping National Park
Address: P.O. Box 18, Amphur Li, Lamphun 51110
Tel: 053-546-336, 053-518-060

Ob Luang National Park
Address: P.O. Box 2, T. Hang Dong, Amphur Hod, Chiang Mai 50240
Tel: +66 053-229272

Padeng Campsite and Lodge
Address: Ban Pangdeng, Chiang Dao, Chiang Mai, Thailand
Tel:+66 53 850 160

Maetang River Camp
Headquarters Maetaman VIllage, Maetang, Chiang Mai, 50100, Thailand
Phone:+66 53 206 047