It’s my second time in Northern Thailand and I finally get to visit the famous Doi Inthanon National Park. One of the national park’s most famous attractions along with the tallest peak in the country is Mae Ya waterfalls. It was once considered the largest and most beautiful waterfalls in Thailand prior to the discovery of Thi Lor Su waterfalls, which is the largest and tallest in Southeast Asia.
This easily accessed waterfalls is located just 70 kilometers (43 miles) from the city of Chiang Mai. Doi Inthanon is surrounded by smaller communities so this waterfalls is not remote or hard to find. Along with a mere 0.3 miles walk from the parking lot, this waterfalls can get extremely popular especially during hot season.
How to get to the trailhead is complicated, so I chose to leave you with a GPS coordinate: 18° 26.354′, 98° 36.045′.
However, make sure to get a map or ask a local; getting lost is no fun especially if you don’t speak Thai. On the way to the falls, there will be plenty of signs which make navigation quite easy. Below are some images that I took of the waterfalls. Please note that while Mae Ya waterfalls is in Doi Inthanon, it’s not along the same road to the summit of Doi Inthanon.
It’s truly amazing and probably one of the best I’ve ever seen. Make sure to visit this place when you’re in Northern Thailand.