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THIS IS CHIANGMAI-RAI HIGHLANDS

Thailand’s highest mountain

Doi Inthanon is the highest mountain in Thailand. It is in Chom Thong, Chiang Mai. This mountain is an ultra prominent peak, known in the past as Doi Luang (‘big mountain’) or Doi Ang Ga, meaning the ‘crow’s pond top’. Near the mountain’s base was a pond where many crows gathered. The name Doi Inthanon was given in honour of Inthawichayanon, last King of Chiang Mai, who was concerned about the forests in the north and tried to preserve them.

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Due to continuous poaching and habitat change most of the bigger mammals such as elephants, tigers, gaurs has been extirpated from the Chiang Mai-Rai Highlands decades ago. Some mammal species like wild boar, gibbons, deer and serow still inhabits the park. There are currently around 65 known mammals in the highlands of which half are bat species. Lucky visitors may see the Sumatran Serows, but sighting is rare.

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