About Siriphum Waterfall (Nam tok Siribhum)
The Siriphum Waterfall (pronounced “see-ree-POOM”) was an impressively tall waterfall that we noticed was 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), but we worked our way down from the top so that Siriphum was 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). 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 falls, we couldn’t figure out whether there was an official area to view it or to walk closer to it. 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 one of the photos below), and so we found a bit of a clearing where we were able to stop the car, get out, and take a bunch of 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. Instead, we walked a little further up the road to get more unofficial views of the falls fronted by purple blooming flowers or plants.
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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