About Mae Klang Waterfall (Nam tok Mae Klang)
The Mae Klang Waterfall (Nam tok Mae Klang; 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 particular waterfall as the last of the three on the slopes of the mountain (starting from the top).
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 had set our expectations low by saying it wasn’t big.
But once we saw it, we stopped believing his sense of “small”, and from looking at the photographs on this page, you might agree with us.
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 Mae Klang 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 Mae Klang Waterfall.
So it was a pretty quick and hassle-free place to visit.
The Mae Klang Waterfall resides in Doi Inthanon National Park near Chom Thong in the Chiang Mai Province, Thailand. It is administered by the National Park, Wildlife, and Plant Conservation Department. For information or inquiries about the area as well as current conditions, visit their website.
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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