Mae Klang Waterfall (Namtok Mae Klang)

Doi Inthanon National Park / Mae Chaem District, Chiang Mai Province, Thailand

Rating: 3     Difficulty: 1.5
The Mae Klang Waterfall

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INTRODUCTION

The Mae Klang Waterfall (pronounced "MEH KLAHNG") was the lowest of the waterfalls on the road going up to the top of Doi Inthanon, Thailand's highest peak. However, we happened to visit this one as the last of the three on the slopes of the mountain.

I believe the main tier of the falls cascaded and tumbled some 25-30m, but there were more tiers further downstream from the main viewing deck. So given there was no way Julie and I could capture the entire waterfall in a single photograph, we had to settle for enjoying each component of the falls one-at-a-time.

Prior to our visit, I remembered our guide set our expectations low by saying it wasn't big. But once we saw it, we stopped believing his sense of "small."

Although I've read that this waterfall was said to be the most visited one in Doi Inthanon National Park, I recalled that our time spent at the falls was relatively quiet and peaceful. I wasn't sure if that was because most people were still having lunch or taking an afternoon siesta, but whatever the case, we thoroughly enjoyed not having to contend with large tour groups and crowds of people.

In any case, we probably spent less than a half-hour encompassing both the short walk as well as all the photographing at the falls. So it was a pretty quick and hassle-free place to visit.




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PHOTO JOURNAL

Full contextual view of the Mae Klang Waterfall showing some of its lower tiers plus the walkway leading to its endFull contextual view of the Mae Klang Waterfall showing some of its lower tiers plus the walkway leading to its end
Further up the mountain of Doi Inthanon from Mae Klang Waterfall was where we could visit the temple with its pair of chedis like this brown oneFurther up the mountain of Doi Inthanon from Mae Klang Waterfall was where we could visit the temple with its pair of chedis like this brown one
At the summit of Doi Inthanon, there were impressive vistas though it was surprisingly chilly up here, especially for most Thais on holiday who weren't used to itAt the summit of Doi Inthanon, there were impressive vistas though it was surprisingly chilly up here, especially for most Thais on holiday who weren't used to it
We had based ourselves in Chiang Mai for the part of our Northern Thailand tour that included Doi Inthanon, and that let us experience night markets like the Sunday Walking StreetWe had based ourselves in Chiang Mai for the part of our Northern Thailand tour that included Doi Inthanon, and that let us experience night markets like the Sunday Walking Street
Some small cascades as seen from the bridge over its stream near the car parkSome small cascades as seen from the bridge over its stream near the car park

More comprehensive view of the falls exposing hint of lower cascadesMore comprehensive view of the Mae Klang Waterfall exposing hint of lower cascades

Walking to the end of the nature walkWalking to the end of the nature walk

Further up the mountain is the temple of Doi Inthanon where we were able to go inside the chedis and watch people worship around the Buddha statues withinFurther up the mountain is the temple of Doi Inthanon where we were able to go inside the chedis and watch people worship around the Buddha statues within

In addition to the brown chedi at the temple of Doi Inthanon, there was also the silver chedi like this oneIn addition to the brown chedi at the temple of Doi Inthanon, there was also the silver chedi like this


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VIDEOS OF THE FALLS


Sweep from one of the waterfall's lower cascades to the top of the main falls


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DRIVING DIRECTIONS

We noticed during our ride (as part of an escorted tour) that the falls is actually on a spur road branching left from the road up to Doi Inthanon as we left from Chom Thong (the village is 66km southwest of Chiang Mai). In terms of logistics, it took us maybe 20 minutes of driving downhill from the Wachirathan Waterfall or about 30 minutes east of the Mae Ya Waterfall.

For geographical context, Chiang Mai was in Northern Thailand roughly 700km north of Bangkok. It would take around 9 hours to drive or a little over an hour to fly between the cities.




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ITINERARIES

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MAP OF THE FALLS



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TRIP REPORTS

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