Asian adventure 2011: Saturday daytrip from Chiang Mai

by | Feb 3, 2012 | International Travel, Travel

The scenic national parks and surrounding countryside was a major reason we chose Chiang Mai as a destination. From the beginning I knew we wanted to see some of the many waterfalls in the region, and to do that we would be best served booking a private tour, especially with someone that could suggest additional sites. After some research I contacted a half-dozen tour guides by email; three responded, and two of those had additional ideas. After a few emails we decided on two one-day tours with Untouched Thailand.

with our travel guides, Lek and Bon
Lek and Bon — our guides for two days of hiking near Chiang Mai

Our first morning started with a bit of a surprise- our guides commented on our lack of luggage. Uhh, what? Turns out they thought we were going on an overnite trip to a hillside village! After a call to their boss we figured everything out and started our drive to Doi Inthanon, a national park around the tallest mountain in Thailand. After an hour and a half of interesting conversation we reached our first destination, Wachirathan Waterfall.

Wachirathan Waterfall

There was a lot of water coming over these falls! With the accompanying mist those locations best suited for photos of the entire falls were essentially raining, making photography quite challenging.

After drying out a bit we moved on toward the top of the mountain, stopping briefly at Sirithan Waterfall, where we visited the twin chedis devoted to the king and queen of Thailand.

Queen's ChediKing's Chedi

Followed by a short rain forest trail featuring a small shrine.

Shrine @ Doi Inthanon peak

After a quick lunch at the park restaurant we headed down the road where we were dropped off at a small unmarked trail with one of our guides, Bon. From the trailhead we walked down a hillside along a creek with a series of mid-size waterfalls, culminating in a beautiful waterfall pouring into a pool with a narrow bridge crossing the creek.


After this waterfall our hike continued along a small path through the forest to a small clearing with a view of a small hillside rice farm:

Thailand countryside

complete with curious, slightly suspicious, water buffalo

hello there.

We hiked through the farm field into a hillside village where we met back with our other guide Lek. Before getting back into the car Leandra tried the local coffee:

enjoying some strong coffee

We started making our way back to Chiang Mai, and along the way we stopped at one final waterfall, Mae Klang.

Mae Klang Waterfall

After a full day of touring we slept well in anticipation of a second day of waterfall hiking.

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