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Waterfalls in Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai has some rather large and photogenic waterfalls, well worth a visit. Here we list the six best-known waterfalls in Chiang Mai. Some of them have pools or streams where it is possible to take a swim in the refreshingly cool water. The Chiang Mai waterfalls are at their best from June to November, with September and October being the best months, when the water level is high and the forest is at its greenest.

Mae Klang Waterfall

Mae Klang Waterfall in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Mae Klang Waterfall located at the foot of Doi Inthanon 66 km southwest of Chiang Mai is probably Chiang Mai’s most visited Waterfall. The 30 m high waterfall is quite impressive and well worth a visit. It has a massive cascade and a beautiful natural setting, perfect for picnic and relaxation. There are food, drink and souvenir stalls at the entrance and below the main falls.

To get to Mae Klang Waterfall take Highway 108 to Km 57 (just before Chom Thong village). Turn right onto Highway 1009 and continue 8 km to where the road forks. The waterfall is 300 m straight ahead. The admission fee for Doi Inthanon National Park includes entrance to Mae Klang Waterfall.

Mae Sa Waterfall

Mae Sa Waterfall in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Mae Sa Waterfall is located at Km 7 on the Mae Rim - Samoeng Road, 26 km from Chiang Mai city. This spectacular eight tiered waterfall occupies a natural setting among gigantic trees providing a cool shade. A narrow path winds up through the jungle along the 8 levels of the waterfall.

Mae Sa Waterfall is a popular recreation spot for locals and tourists alike. The park can get crowded on weekends and public holidays, so it is best to visit during the week if possible. You can go to the waterfall by Songthaew from Chiang Mai city, ask at your hotel for details.

Mae Ya Waterfall

Mae Ya Waterfall in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Mae Ya Waterfall, or Nam Tok Mae Ya, is one of the largest and most beautiful waterfalls in Chiang Mai. The fresh water splashes down over 30 tiers of rocks and boulders into small clear pools. Mae Ya Waterfall is a beautiful, fanning cascade, dropping down an ever-widening series of steps. The water tumbles down a 100 m cliff in a series of spectacular leaps and National Park officials estimate that the Mae Ya River plunges more than 250 m at this point. The main falls is about 40 meters high.

Located amidst the shady and cool forest settings. The short trek to reach the waterfalls makes this a great place for families to visit. Plenty of food and drink is available on site. At the bottom is a cool pool where children can swim and enjoy the pleasant picnic area. Mae Ya Waterfall is without a doubt, a photographic favorite for most visitors.

Mae Ya Waterfall is located 12 km from Chom Thong Village in the Doi Inthanon area. Turn left when you see the sign just after you get off the highway.

Mok Fa Waterfall

Mok Fa Waterfall in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Mok Fa Waterfall is in the area of Doi Suthep-Doi Pui National Park. It is located on the Mae Malai–Pai road about 40 minutes from Chiang Mai. The waterfall is surrounded with lush green trees and is a peaceful picnic spot.

Although the volume of water is small it can be quite impressive in the rainy season. The river feeding the fall flows all the year round. To get there, take a left turn at Km 20 onto a dirt road and proceed for 2 kilometers. The admission fee to the national park allows entrance to this and three other waterfalls in the area.

Sirithan Waterfall

Sirithan Waterfall in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Sirithan Waterfall is one of the many waterfalls in the Doi Inthanon National Park. The fall is about 40 meters high and origins from the Mae Klang River. The waterfall was named by the Queen who came to visit the fall.

There is a 100 m trail leading through the jungle from the main road to the waterfall. You can come up close and get a good view from a wooden platform in front of the waterfall.

Vachiratharn Waterfall

Vachiratharn Waterfall in Chiang Mai, Thailand

The spectacular Vachiratharn Waterfall is located in Doi Inthanon National Park, halfway up the mountain. This scenic spot is excellent for picnics and is reached by a short, easy trail from the parking area. The waterfall has a steep drop of 50 meters with a large cascade plummeting over the edge into a deep pool below, creating a misty veil of great beauty.

To get there, turn right off the main road up Doi Inthanon at about 21 Km, and then follow the sign-post to the waterfall.