The Huay Kaew waterfall is one of the most popular waterfalls in Chiang Mai owing to its beauty and proximity to the Chiang Mai city. It is located inside the Doi Suthep - Pui National Park, next to the Chiang Mai zoo. The place is only 6km away from Chiang Mai city.
The waterfall is named after the river it originates from- the Huay Kaew River. The water drops from a height of 10 meters, creating a loud splashing noise that can be heard from miles away. Owing to its location inside a national park, the waterfall has picturesque views.
There is no entry fee to enter the waterfall and it remains open for visitors from 9 am to 5 pm. The water is flowing throughout the year, however, there are certain months when the waterfall is at its prime glory. We will discuss it further in the article.
What to Do at the Huay Kaew Waterfall?
One of the most popular things that people enjoy at the Huay Kaew Waterfall is a peaceful picnic around the waterfall. The surrounding area of the waterfall is very beautiful with scenery and shady plants.
You can arrange a picnic blanket or can rent a bamboo mat for 20 Baht. There are small basins near the waterfall where you can go swimming with family and friends. It is safe for even kids. For more adventurous tourists, there is a hiking trail that begins from the waterfall and goes all the way up to the Wang Bua Ban Viewpoint.
There are restaurants and vendors selling food at the entrance of the waterfall from where you can buy food and beverages. You can also find souvenir shops at the entrance from where you can buy items for your loved ones.
How to Reach Huay Kaew Waterfall?
The Huay Kaew is one of the most easily accessible waterfalls in Chiang Mai. There are two ways through which you can reach the Huay Kaew Waterfall. The first way is from Downtown Chiang Mai. You have to keep driving for about 6 km from Chiang Mai city.
When you reach the Chiangmai Zoo, keep moving past the Chiangmai Zoo for about 500 meters. After half a km, you will be able to spot the monument of Kruba Sri Wichai, the establisher of Wat Phra That Doi Suthep. From there, take a left turn and keep moving until you reach the waterfall.
The second way is for tourists or people who do not have their own medium of transport. You just have to take a red truck or songthaew and get off in front of Chiang Mai Zoo.
After that, you have to walk up to the path of Doi Suthep until you see the monument of Kruba Sri Wichai. From there, take a left turn and keep going until you spot the waterfall.
What is the Best Time to Visit Huay Kaew Waterfall?
Although the waterfall is perennial i.e it runs throughout the year. However, there are times when the waterfall is running at its full glory and offers amazing picturesque views. This time is during the monsoons from July to October.
You can also visit the waterfall from November through to January. However, avoid visiting here during the dry season i.e from March to June. During the dry seasons, there is hardly any water and you will only get to see the trickles.
Location: 99, Huay Kaew Road Chang Phueak, Chiang Mai 50300 Thailand
The Huay Kaew waterfall in itself is so beautiful that you can spend an entire day here without getting bored. However, if you want to explore more options you can head to the Chiang Mai Zoo or Wat Phra Doi Suthep which are very close by.