Mae Ya Waterfall, Chiang Mai – Thailand

Mae Ya Waterfall is located in Doi Inthanon National Park 45 kilometres from Chiang Mai. The main fall, as seen from the bottom, is 40 meters high with a 100 meters wide tier. In total, with water plunging from several tiers, the Mae Ya Waterfall is over 250 meters high.

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How to get to Mae Ya Waterfall

The best way to get to Mae Ya Waterfall is to rent a car or scooter and drive there. If you’re not comfortable with driving you can rent a car with driver.

Mae Ya Waterfall is 45 kilometres from Chiang Mai and takes about 2 hours with car. The road from Chiang Rai is very good and it’s easy to find. Just type in the location on your GPS/Phone. See location on google map.

Note: Mae Ya waterfalls is in Doi Inthanon National Park, but it’s not along the same road to the entrance of Doi Inthanon National Park.

The parking area is just a few hundred meters from Mae Ya Waterfall. The short trek makes the waterfall reachable for all. Just follow the river from the parking area. You don’t need to bring any hiking gear to reach it but you should bring shoes and not FlipFlips.

Mae Ya Waterfall Entrance Fee

The entrance fee to Mae Ya Waterfall is the same as to enter Doi Inthanon National Park: 200 baths.

Best time to visit

Mae Ya Waterfall is becoming a very popular tourist attraction so get there early to beat the crowds during the high season (November – February).

What to do there

Enjoy the view of this spectacular waterfall. At the bottom there is a natural pool where you can take a bath. Keep in mind that the rock are quite slippery. There are drinks and food available close by.

How much time do you need there

1 hours is enough. Combine your trip with other waterfalls (Mae Klang Waterfall, Wachiratarn Waterfall, Siriphum Waterfall, Mae Pan Waterfalls) and hikes in Doi Inthanon National Park.

Other attractions close to Chiang Mai:

Grand Canyon, Chiang Mai  | Elephant Jungle Sanctuary |  Wat Rong Khun ´White Temple´, Chiang Rai |  Blue Temple – Chiang Rai  | 

Mae Ya Waterfall
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