Mae Klang Waterfall (Nam tok Mae Klang)

Doi Inthanon National Park, Chiang Mai, Thailand

About Mae Klang Waterfall (Nam tok Mae Klang)

Hiking Distance: 800m round trip
Suggested Time: 30 minutes

Date first visited: 2008-12-30
Date last visited: 2008-12-30

Waterfall Latitude: 18.4976
Waterfall Longitude: 98.66934

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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.

Mae_Klang_002_12292008 - Some small cascades as seen from the bridge over its stream near the car park
Mae_Klang_005_12292008 - More comprehensive view of the falls exposing hint of lower cascades
Mae_Klang_044_12292008 - Walking to the end of the nature walk
Doi_Inthanon_055_12292008 - 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 within
Doi_Inthanon_081_12292008 - In addition to the brown chedi at the temple of Doi Inthanon, there was also the silver chedi like this one


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.

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

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