It is the most impressive of all the waterfalls in Chiang Mai. The majestic waterfall has many layers and cascades from a height of 80 metres. Due to the incredible height, the waterfall creates a mist in the surrounding, making it a picturesque sight.
The water falling from the Wachirathan waterfall creates a huge basin or pool where you can swim with family and friends. However, the rock around the waterfall can be very slippery, so be careful. You should only wear sturdy footwear, preferably shoes, to avoid slipping.
What to do at the Wachirathan Waterfall?
The surrounding areas have plenty of trees that allow you a nice shade to sit and enjoy the view. You can watch the waterfall from below or climb up, closer to the source from where it falls. There are a set of stairs and paths that will lead you up.
The Wachirathan waterfall was previously known as the Tad Khong Yong. Due to its convenient location within the Doi Suthep National Park, there are a plethora of things that you can do here. However, the waterfall is so mesmerising that you can spend hours admiring its beauty.
Rainbows are a common sight here, so keep your cams ready. However, since there is a lot of mist, be careful that it does not set on your camera lens. The frequent appearance of rainbows makes the waterfall appear even more majestic.
How to Get to the Wachirathan Waterfall?
The Wachirathan waterfall is clearly signed and can be easily spotted from the main road. If you are travelling from Chiang Mai city, take the Chiang Mai- Chomthong highway no. 108. Just as you are about to reach the Chom Thong District, take a right turn.
From here, you will be onto the Chom Thong- Yod Doi highway no. 1009. After 20 km, you will get to the road that leads straight to the Doi Inthanon National park, where Wachirathan waterfall is situated.
As you enter, you will see a large parking space where you can park your vehicle. The parking charges are 30 Baht for a car and 20 for a motorbike. After parking the vehicle, follow the signages and paved path to reach the Wachirathan waterfall.
The park opens for visitors as early as 4 am and remains open till 4 in the evening. So if you wish to savour most of the Wachirathan waterfall, try to reach here at the time of sunrise. You will certainly never forget that view.
Location: Ban Luang Subdistrict, Chom Thong District, Chiang Mai 50160
The Wachirathan is rightfully one of the most appealing waterfalls in Chiang Mai. Whatever I have mentioned above cannot do justice to the actual beauty of the place. You will have to visit here to savour it to the fullest.
A pro tip is to visit the waterfall during the wet seasons. Although the water flows from it round the year, it gets wider and more raging during monsoons, a breathtaking sight to behold.