The Wachirathan Waterfall was the second major waterfall on the way up to the summit of Inthanon national park Of all the waterfalls we saw in Doi Inthanon National Park, we thought this one had the most power and spray, and it was probably the most impressive of the lot on the mountain’s slopes.
height of 2,565 metres
At a height of 2,565 metres, Doi Inthanon is officially the tallest mountain in Thailand. The park was created in 1954 along with 13 others, creating the first group of national parks in Thailand. The main attractions are the summit, and nature trails just below. There are also several significant waterfalls in the area, Mae Ya is the largest waterfall in the park, and a contender for the most spectacular waterfall in Thailand. And Wachirathan, Mae Klang, Sirithan, Mae Pan and Huay Saai Lueang.
The park is conveniently located just an hours drive south of Chiang Mai City. Most people take day trips to Doi Inthanon which can be booked from the old city in Chiang Mai, these are ok if you are short of time, but you need at least 2 days to fully appreciate both the area around the summit, and the waterfalls. Accommodation in the park consists of national park bungalows and campgrounds, privately owned campsites and small privately owned bungalow style resorts.
Wachirathan Waterfall is easily accessible from the main road running through Doi Inthanon National Park. The main fall is around 50 metres high, and during the wet season, it is pretty spectacular to say the least. The viewing area around the main falls gets covered in spray which can lead to colorful rainbows if the sun is out. The area has a dramatic feel to it, with a sense of danger in the air, two people have fallen to their deaths here taking photographs, stick to the paths and there will be no problem. There are 2 main viewing platforms and walking trails to the side and bottom areas of the falls.
To get to Wachirathan Waterfall, follow the main road, the 1009, running through the middle of the park. The falls are well sign posted, and are located just off the road around 8km from the south entrance to Doi Inthanon National Park. There is a large car park and due to the convenient location and dramatic nature of the falls, it can get very busy, especially during the high tourist season.