The Mae Takhrai is another very popular waterfall located in the beautiful city of Chiang Mai. It is situated inside the Mae Takhrai National Park in the Amphoe Mae area of Chiang Mai.
Situated about 400-2020 meters above the sea-level, the park covers an area of 512 square kilometers. The landscape of the national park is very interesting as it includes complex mountain ranges and different forest types.
The forest types include hill evergreen forest, deciduous dipterocarp forest, tropical rainforest, mixed deciduous forest, dry evergreen forest, and coniferous forest. The Mae Takhrai waterfall is located 6 kilometers from the office of the National Park office.
On the way from the office to the waterfall, you can spot a variety of plants such as mushrooms and mafai. In certain seasons, the pathway is covered with wildflowers that beautifully blossom all over the place.
Unlike the other waterfalls of Chiang Mai that are enormous and have multi-levels, the Mae Takhrai is a single-tier waterfall. However, its beauty makes up for its small size.
Best Time to Visit the Waterfall
For your understanding, let us divide the climate of the waterfall into three seasons. They are summer, winter, and rainy seasons. The summer season stays from March till April, whereas the winter season is from November till February.
The waterfall is at its highest glory during the rainy season from May to October. Although the air is cool throughout the year, it is best to visit the waterfall during winters- i.e. between November to February.
During the winter season, everything looks extremely beautiful. The lowest temperature at the waterfall is 20 degrees celsius, whereas the highest temperature can shoot up to 32 degrees celsius.
How to Get There?
The Mae Takhrai National Park is situated at a distance of 35 kilometers from Chiang Mai downtown and 17 kilometers away from Doi Saket County. There are two ways to reach the Mae Takhrai waterfall.
It is best if you have your own vehicle. Alternatively, you can rent a car from the various car rentals in Chiang Mai. If you are traveling in your car, start from the central city of Chiang Mai and take highway route number 1317 to the Mae-Oon district.
After a kilometer, take a right turn onto highway route number 1006.Keep moving through the Mae-Oon hospital and the Ban-Pao-Sam-Kha area. After that, take a turn right into highway route number 1229.
Keep going for 10 kilometers and turn left to the highway route number 1230. Pass the Mae-Ta-Khrai school and village, and go along in direction till you reach the Mae TaKhrai National Park.
The next option is for the people who are using public transport. Take a tuk-tuk or songthaew at the central public stations to take the public transportation at the central public station. Here you can find different deals.
The best option is to book a songthaew for Mae TaKhrai National Park. This way you will save a lot of time changing transport at various spots. You can even check with your hotel for a transport facility.
Location: 36 Moo 3, Baan Maewan, Pa Miang, Doi Saket, Chiang Mai, 50220, Thailand
Telephone: +66 5381 8348
Opening Hours: 08.30-16.30
After you are done admiring the beauty of the waterfall, you can take a stroll in the national park. For a more adventurous experience, you can even opt for trekking and camping inside the park.