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The Best Waterfalls In Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai is a perfect getaway destination famous for its beautiful natural environments. Most of the year it’s hot and sunny and knowing where to find the best waterfalls to cool down in is important! Luckily there’s plenty of choices within easy reach of the city and each waterfall is uniquely different. If you’re looking for adventure try the amazing Bua Thong falls which allow you a fun climb up through the water along a series of ropes. If you have something closer to town in mind then there a number of waterfalls to visit on the road up to Doi Suthep including Haew Kaew and Mon Tha Than. It’s always worth remembering that some places charge an entrance fee, especially if located inside a national park. Check the latest information on prices before leaving home. Additionally, all waterfalls in the region will look different throughout the year, depending on recent rainfall.

Top 5 Chiang Mai Waterfalls

The Chiang Mai district features a number of these mesmerizing natural wonders, here are five of the best waterfalls you can visit:

1. Mok Fa Waterfall

The Mok Fah Waterfall features two streams of water falling from a high stone cliff. The water falls down on a basin below that flows directly down a stream. Located in a tropical forest, the area around Mok Fa is dense with large trees and various kinds of green plants, such as ferns and moss. You can feel the cold moisture in the air that is coming from the waterfall.

You can find the Mok Fah Waterfall in the Mae Tang District of Northern Chiang Mai. The area does not only pride itself on the Mok Fah Waterfall as there are a lot of other attractions that you can explore.

Just near the waterfalls is the Tham Mok Fa which is a bat habitat and where you can do some nature activities, such as hiking, camping, bird watching, and swimming.

2. Mae Sa Waterfall

If you want to take a break from the hot weather, the Mae Sa Waterfall is one of the best destinations in Chiang Mai. As a part of the Doi Suthep-Pui National Park and one of the most popular Chiang Mai waterfalls, it features 10 levels that are close to each other and reaches about a kilometer in total length.

The waters in the Mae Sa Waterfall flow all throughout the year, and the highest volume is during the end of the rainy season. Levels 5 to 7 are the waterfall levels that are most popular among visitors because these provide the perfect playground.

The area has souvenir shops as well where you can stop by and buy something that would remind you of your visit to the area or if you want to take some nice photos. Despite having no inns or shelters in the park, you can still spend the night since there is an area specified for visitors to set up tents. You can also rent a tent from the local authorities if you didn’t bring one.

3. Buatong Waterfall

Around 100 meters in height, the Buatong Waterfall features two levels with about 50 degrees slope. It is also referred to as “Sticky Waterfall” because of its rock that is rather sticky than slippery, allowing you to walk or climb on them without the risk of slipping as these rocks are composed of limestone deposits.

The stream of the Buatong Waterfall runs to Huai Mae Pon and it is filled with many smaller yet beautiful waterfalls along the way. The area is also very shady as it is surrounded by trees.

A picnic area is set up on the top of the waterfall just in between the falls and the parking area. As it is the only part where are trash cans around, it is also the only place where you are allowed to have food and drinks.

At the top, you can find a large wooden sign “Nam Phu Chet Si” (7 colours of water) where the fountain is. It is the Buatong Waterfall source. It’s even said that the waters of this waterfall have healing energy!

4. Huai Kaew Waterfall

Located just within the Doi Suthep-Pui National Park area, the Huai Kaew Waterfall is the nearest one in the downtown area of Chiang Mai. it is smaller compared to the other waterfalls in Chiang Mai but it is never less beautiful. In fact, this waterfall is quite fascinating and looks very peaceful.

With a height of 10 meters, the Huai Kaew Waterfall has a stream that flows all throughout the year, though, it is not as much water flow as the others. The area is also filled with luscious trees and plants, making it shady and cool.

5. Mae Ya Waterfall

Situated in the Doi Inthanon National Park, it is renowned as the largest waterfall in the area and one of the “most beautiful waterfalls in Thailand.” If you go to Chiang Mai, the Mae Ya Waterfalls should be in your must-visit list. With its magnificence, this waterfall is not hard to miss at all.

The Mae Ya Waterfall offers you a 30-storey rock cliff that goes for more than 260 meters with water flowing on it non-stop. During the rainy season, the water flow goes on about 100 meters before it falls down into the basin just below.

For those who want to admire and enjoy the amazing waterfall scenery without getting wet by the waters, there are some parts of the cliff where you can walk on. You can soak yourself in the green forest that surrounds the area and you can spend the night as well as there spots specified for tents for camping. There are also restaurants and restrooms around so your stay in the area can feel quite like home.

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