About Wachirathan Waterfall (Nam tok Vachirathan)
The Wachirathan Waterfall (pronounced “wah-chee-rah-TAHN”; also spelled Vachirathan or Nam tok Vachirathan) was the second major waterfall that we encountered on the way up to the summit of Doi Inthanon.
Of all the waterfalls we saw in Doi Inthanon National Park, we thought this one had the most power and spray.
Therefore, we could argue that it was probably the most impressive of the lot of waterfalls on the mountain’s slopes.
Even though our guide told us that this was 80m in cumulative height, I was thinking it was more like 40m or so.
The Wachirathan Waterfall was also appeared wide but segmented during our visit as the far right section of the falls was stringier than the left.
I reckon during the wet season, this would be both wide and raging while throwing up a ton of mist.
However, even though Julie and I visited during the start of the Dry Season, the falls had enough volume to produce plenty of mist and rainbows.
In fact, there were also parts of the loop walk around the waterfall (especially just downstream of it in its lower reaches) where the waterfall’s spray made it quite muddy and slippery.
So I have no doubt that this was a year-round waterfall though I’d imagine the flow becomes lighter as the Dry Season progresses.
Finally, I reckon because of the ease of access, this was probably the most popular of the three waterfalls on Doi Inthanon’s slopes.
All in all, we spent roughly 35 minutes to do the loop walk plus all the picture taking.
The Wachirathan 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.
Since we were escorted, we can’t give exact directions.
However, we can say that it took us about 25 minutes drive downhill from the Siriphum Waterfall or about 20 minutes uphill from the Mae Klang Waterfall.
Overall, it was about 73km (90 minutes drive) to get to this waterfall from Chiang Mai.
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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