The popularity of camping in Thailand has increased in proportion to the willingness of Thai people to explore other provinces other than their own. Most Thai provinces now offer travellers camping sites to pitch tents and Chiang Mai is no exception. Private campsites have not really caught on yet. Most of the facilities in the Chiang Mai and greater Northern Thai region are located in parks operated by the Department of National Parks.
Doi Inthanon, Doi Suthep-Pui and the other main national parks around Chiang Mai have at least one designated campsite with pitches for campers to put up tents. Most also provide tent, mattress and sleeping bag rental services. The Department of National Parks recommends making advanced reservations for camping sites and equipment via their website, but in practice this is not necessary other than around peak national holiday times.
Last Updated: 08-03-2018
The Best Campsites in Chiang Mai:
Doi Inthanon | Doi Suthep – Doi Pui | Huay Tung Tao | Khun Tan | Mae Sa Waterfall | Ob Khan | Ob Luang | San Kamphaeng Hot Springs | Further Reading
Note: We recommend to check with the camping sites for the updates on the admission fees and tent rental prices.
Khun Tan is one of the North’s less busy national parks and a relaxing location for getting close to nature. Campsites are near the 1,300-meter-plus summit and close to the headquarters. Khun Tan is an easy option for tourists without their own transport as it can be reached from Khun Tan Railway Station. Rental services for two and three person tents plus bedding are available or you can bring your own to get good discounts.
Khun Tan National Park: – M. 8, Ban Tha Pla Duk, A. Mae Ta, Lamphun 51140 | Open: 07:45-18:00 (Daily) | Admission Fees: Adult 100 B; Child 50 B | Tent Prices: Rental (with Bedding) 270 B/2P/Night, Pitch 30 B/P/Night | Tel: +66 53 546 335, +66 53 518 762 | Website
The campsites in Doi Suthep-Pui National Park are the perfect bases for enjoying nature and sightseeing trips to Doi Pui Hmong Hilltribe Village, Bhubing Palace and Doi Suthep Temple. The park’s two campsites are at Doi Pui and Montathan Waterfall. The two are not too far from each other. Tent and bedding hire is available and there are a few mountain bikes for rent too. Read more on a guide to Doi Suthep – Doi Pui.
Doi Suthep-Pui National Park: – T. Suthep, A. Muang, Chiang Mai 50200 | Open: 08:00-16:30 (Daily) | Admission Fees: Adult 200 B; Child 100 B | Tent Prices: Rental (no Bedding) 225 B/2P/Night, Pitch 30 B/P/Night | Tel: +66 53 210 246, +66 53 210 244 | Website | E-mail
In Hang Dong District, Ob Khan is one of the closest national parks to Chiang Mai with a camping site. Camping is not permitted between the 1 May and the 31 August. At other times of the year visitors are able to put up tents on a meadow not far from the banks of the Mae Khan River. Pitch only and tent hire are both available. Ob Khan Gorge is an unusual site here while picnicking and bird-watching are other draws of Ob Khan National Park. Read more on National Parks in Northern Thailand
Ob Khan National Park: – T. Nam Prae, A. Hang Don, Chiang Mai 50230 | Open: 08:00-16:30 (Daily) | Admission Fee: Free | Tent Prices: Rental (with Bedding) 50 B/2P/Night, Pitch 30 B/P/Night | Tel: +66 86 181 1068 | Website
Camping at Ob Luang National Park is a convenient overnight choice for people travelling from Chiang Mai to Mae Sariang, Khun Yuam and Mae Hong Son. Pitches for people with their own tents and equipment are both offered here. Mae Tia Waterfall, Tu-pu Cave and therapeutic hot springs are the key draws at Ob Luang.
Ob Luang National Park: – A. Hot, Chiang Mai 50240 | Open: 08:00-16:30 (Daily) | Admission Fees: Adult 200 B; Child 100 B | Tent Prices: Rental (with Bedding) 50 B/2P/Night, Pitch 30 B/P/Night | Tel: +66 81 602 1290 , +66 53 229 272 | Website | E-mail
The main campsite at Doi Inthanon National Park is less than half a kilometre from the rangers’ headquarters. Pitches and rent-a-tent services are available while the campsite comes with bonuses such as hot showers. There are restaurants near this camping site. Other designated sites for camping are not so close to eateries but nearer to the 2,565-metre summit for early birds wishing to see sunrises. Read more on a guide to Doi Inthanon.
Doi Inthanon National Park: #119, M. 7, A. Chom Thong, Chiang Mai 50160 | Open: 05:30-18:30 (Daily) | Admission Fees: Adult 300 B; Child 150 B | Tent Prices: Rental (no Bedding) 225 B/2P/Night, Pitch 30 B/P/Night | Tel: +66 53 286 728 to 9 | Website | E-mail
Camping along with bungalow accommodation is an option for those who fancy spending the night at San Kamphaeng Hot Springs. Park rangers pitch tents in the requested location in the park and supply bedding for an extra fee. Visitors have the option of bringing their own tents too. Unless it is a national holiday or weekend, camping at San Kamphaeng is a peaceful experience. Read more on Chiang Mai Hot Springs.
San Kamphaeng Hot Spring: #1, M. 7, T. Baan Sahakorn, A. Mae On, Chiang Mai 50130 | Open: 08:00-20:00 (Daily) | Admission Fees: Adult 100 B, Child 50 B | Tent Prices: Rental (with Bedding) 150 B/2P/Night, Pitch 50 B/P/Night | Tel: +66 53 53 037 101-2 | E-mail
Huay Tung Tao is a lake and leisure hub a little north of Chiang Mai. A recent expansion of the tourist facilities at the lake saw bungalow accommodation and camping zones added. Visitors can pitch their own tents for a small fee while those who wish to hire tents and bedding can do so at the visitor centre. Cafés and restaurants here open late and provide a good choice of food and drink. Read more on Chiang Mai Lakes.
Huay Tung Tao: – T. Don Kaew, A. Mae Rim, Chiang Mai 50180 | Open: 07:00-18:00 (Daily) | Admission Fee: 50 B | Tent Prices: Rental (with Bedding) 200 B/2P/Night, Pitch 50 B/P/Night | Tel: +66 53 121 119 | Website
Camping out at Mae Sa Waterfall is a relaxing and rejuvenating experience which comes with the added bonus of convenient access to the many attractions of the Mae Sa Valley. The waterfall is inside Doi Suthep-Pui National Park and visitor entry fees apply. Visitors can pay camping fees at the ticket office and rent tents and bedding if needed. Read more on a guide to Chiang Mai Mae Sa Valley.
Mae Sa Waterfall: Km. 7, Mae Rim-Sa Meong Rd., A. Mae Rim, Chiang Mai 50180 | Open: 08:00-17:00 (Daily) | Admission Fees: Adult 200 B, Child 100 B | Tent Prices: Rental (no Bedding) 225 B/2P/Night, Pitch 30 B/P/Night | Tel: +66 53 210 244, +66 53 210 246, + 66 53 229 731