Siriphum Waterfall (Nam tok Siribhum)

Doi Inthanon National Park, Chiang Mai, Thailand

About Siriphum Waterfall (Nam tok Siribhum)


Hiking Distance: roadside
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Date first visited: 2008-12-30
Date last visited: 2008-12-30

Waterfall Latitude: 18.54716
Waterfall Longitude: 98.51217

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The Siriphum Waterfall (pronounced “see-ree-POOM”) was an impressively tall waterfall that was also accompanied by another thinner-but-just-as-tall companion waterfall.

This was the third or uppermost of the major waterfalls on the way up to Doi Inthanon’s peak (not counting the Sirithat Waterfall, which unfortunately we didn’t get to see).

Siriphum_009_jx_12292008 - The Siriphum Waterfall and a companion waterfall
The Siriphum Waterfall and a companion waterfall

Thus, we worked our way down from the top so that Siriphum was actually our first waterfall stop in the park.

According the Thailand Tourism, the name of this falls came from a combination of Queen Sirikit and King Bhumibol.

Thus, we also noticed some signs spelling out this waterfall as Namtok Siribhum as opposed to Namtok Siriphum, though Romanized spellings of Thai pronunciations seemed to be inconsistent anyways.

We felt what made this waterfall stand out versus say Mae Klang and Wachirathan was its height.

That was because it towered high above the trees (which just happened to be decorated with purple blooms during our visit in late December 2008).

Siriphum_004_jx_12292008 - This was the closest view of the Siriphum Waterfall that we could get without going into the garden
This was the closest view of the Siriphum Waterfall that we could get without going into the garden

I can’t put a definitive number for its height, but it wouldn’t surprise me if it measured at well over 100m tall.

As for our experience in viewing the Siriphum Waterfall, we couldn’t figure out whether there was an official area to view it from or to walk closer to it.

Anyways, it turned out that the best views we had were from the road as we were approaching its end.

That was where we had a more contextual view (as you can see in the photo at the top of this page), where we found a bit of a clearing that allowed us to stop the car, get out, and take a bunch of satisfying photos.

At the road’s end, there was a garden there, but we didn’t go in as our guide mentioned that it wasn’t a good place to get a closer or better view of the falls.

Siriphum_023_12292008 - Purple flowers blooming somewhere near the garden by the end of the road fronting the Siriphum Waterfall
Purple flowers blooming somewhere near the garden by the end of the road fronting the Siriphum Waterfall

Instead, we walked a little further up the road to get more unofficial views of the Siriphum Waterfall fronted by purple blooming flowers or plants.

Authorities

The Siriphum 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.

Siriphum_001_12292008 - Context of the road approaching the Siriphum Waterfall as it was rising above trees
Siriphum_005_12292008 - Another look at the context of the road before the Siriphum Waterfall
Siriphum_008_12292008 - Walking around for a decent view of the Siriphum Waterfall after having parked at the end of the road
Siriphum_010_12292008 - Looking up at the Siriphum Waterfall from near a paid garden at the end of the road
Siriphum_019_12292008 - Closeup of some smaller foreground waterfalls with the main Siriphum Waterfall in back
Siriphum_024_12292008 - Looking back at some local women walking the road away from the paid garden fronting the Siriphum Waterfall
Siriphum_026_12292008 - Looked like there were some contraptions built that altered the lower parts of the Siriphum Waterfall and might have aided in this impressive mat of purple flowers
Siriphum_003_jx_12292008 - Our last closeup view of the Siriphum Waterfall before we started to head out
Siriphum_030_12292008 - Another impressive contextual look at the Siriphum Waterfall
Doi_Inthanon_077_12292008 - Temples or chedis at the top of the mountain
Doi_Inthanon_036_12292008 - The other temple atop the mountain

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Since we were escorted on a tour, we can’t give exact directions to the Siriphum Waterfall.

But we can say that it was about 20 minutes downhill from the Doi Inthanon summit or about 25 minutes uphill from the Wachirathan Waterfall.

Speaking of the Doi Inthanon Summit, if you’ve made it all the way to here, you mind as well get all the way to the top (Thailand‘s highest point, by the way) to check out both the impressive chedis and temples as well as the panoramic views of the surrounding landscape.

The summit of Doi Inthanon was about 84km (over 90 minutes drive) west of Chiang Mai. 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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