Most Beautiful Thailand Waterfalls to Visit this Summer

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Huai mae khamin waterfalls, thailand
The gorgeous Huai mae khamin waterfalls in Thailand

 

When you think of paradise you imagine flush green scenery full of beautiful flowers and cool, delightfully refreshing rivers. And Thailand’s waterfalls are to be experienced for sure. Well, I have good news for you. You don’t need to wait to go to heaven to enjoy such beauty. You can have it here on earth. What you only need to do is visit one of the gorgeous places in Thailand and you will be in completely different world. A world of scenery you can see only in fairy tail paintings or in your dreams. Not anymore.

When you visit Thailand you will see your dream come true. At least I did, when I visited this beautiful country a while ago.

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Huai mae khamin Thailand waterfalls kanchanaburi

 

Kanchanaburi is known around the world for its tragic history during the Japanese occupation and the construction of the famous bridge of the River Kwai, but it is also an attractive city, located by the water, it’s very popular among  tourists.

The Kanchanaburi Province

It is a pleasant small town that stretches along the River Kwai, it is located 130 km from Bangkok and has a population of 52,000 inhabitants.

Many of its restaurants, concert bars and guest houses are located on barges on the River Kwai.

 

It’s a great cool place to be during the hot and high humidity summer in Thailand. Sometimes we couldn’t breed when the temperatures reached 40+ C° degrees.

 

The refreshing water just awaits you to plunge in there. Though, we were told that it’s not allowed to get in the waters.

 

 

And look at this photo:

 

Huai mae khamin waterfall during the autumn

The gorgeous Huai mae khamin waterfall during the autumn. This photo was sent to me by my good friend who had a trip to the place during that time.

 

We took quite a lot of pictures of all the places we visit, do there’s plenty of material to share. I have many more photos that stay unpublished though.

 

I sometimes add a little effects to some photos to enhance them further. Hopefully I didn’t ruin the images for people that don’t like it ;-).

 

 

 

Looks dreamy huh…

 

dreamy thailand waterdall

I liked this waterfall the most, so I post more photos of it than the other waterfalls we visited in Thailand. But they are equally gorgeous, so check them out below.

 

History of the Kwai River Bridge

The river kwai near the death railway bridge
river kwai on the death railway bridge

 

In 1941 the Japanese army invaded Thailand with the first goal of subsequently invading Malaysia.

In 1942 the Imperial Army of Japan ordered the construction of a railway that was to connect Thailand with Burma.

30,000 Western prisoners and 100,000 Asian workers were used to build 415 km of railway.

Then the Japanese decided to invade India using this route, then they made the work accelerate and the pace of work became infernal.

Kanchanaburi (thailand), the bridge on the river kwai

Forced labour and malaria caused thousands of deaths. In recent months, the Japanese military was also obliged to participate in the work in order to meet the deadlines.

During this period the bridge was bombed a dozen times by the allies.

After the war, the Thai government decided to restore this line to attract tourists and they did not hesitate to ask Japanese banks to participate!

A monument and two museums were built to recall this tragic history:

the Thailand-Burma Railway Museum (inaugurated in March 2003) and the Jeath War Museum about the bridge itself.

There is also the Death Railway and an allied Cemetery of the Second World War.

The death railway crossing kwai river in kanchanaburi

Kanchanaburi is the closest city to the temple of tigers (now closed) and Erawan National Park with its beautiful Thailand waterfalls.

How to Find a hotel in Kanchanaburi

 

You will not have any trouble finding hotel seats, but if you come between November and February, the high season in Thailand, it is better to book in advance.

 

Haew narok waterfall in Thailand, khao yai national park

 

haew narok waterfall, khao yai national park, thailand

It is not the most visited region of the country, yet it has many gorgeous and interesting places worth visiting. If you are looking for wild untouched Nature, with intact flora and fauna, then don’t hesitate. Khao Yai National Park is definitely the area to discover in Thailand. Guaranteed Immersion in a lush nature and where the animals are still in the wild.

 

Mae ya waterfall in doi inthanon, chiang mai Thailand

 

Mae ya waterfall doi inthanon, chiang mai thailand

Doi Inthanon is a national park established in 1954 and was among the first 14 national parks created in Thailand. Located about 70 km southwest of Chiang Mai, it is best known for hosting Thailand’s highest peak, which culminates at (only) 2565 m.

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On the program, waterfalls, nature and villages in Thailand will stagger your route through this park, easy to access and surely one of the best known in Thailand (especially in the North).

Waterfall in forest of doi inthanon national park, chiang mai, thailand

Personally, it is a park that I would gladly recommend having a nice glimpse of the mountains of northern Thailand.

Getting to the Doi Inthanon: instructions

Given the distance, it takes 1h30 to reach the Doi Inthanon entrance from the center of Chiang Mai. To this it is necessary to add a good hour and some 30 km to reach the summit.

Doi inthanon mountain top view

Doi inthanon national park

The options to get there are varied and for the more frivolous in terms of organization, many tours offer a visit on the day(count minimum 1150 baht per person to get there).

Get to Doi Inthanon by public transport

Most of you will travel there by public transport. To do this, head to Chang Phuak Gate, the north gate of the central square of Chiang Mai’s old town.

At 500m north of the gate, you will find the Chang Phuak Bus Station, which is where the songthaews leave (as a reminder, the pick-ups with rows of seats arranged behind) heading south of Chiang Mai, which in this case will be yellow.

You can also visit the two pagoda on top of the mountain too.

 two big pagoda on the top of doi inthanon mountain

And here it is, the pagoda  during the day:

 

 pagoda noppamethanedol & noppapol phumsiri in doi inthanon national park

When I said you will feel like in a fairy tail, I wasn’t joking. Check this rain forest we stumbled when we weed there:

Rainforest in doi inthanon national park , thailand

The same cute bridge wide view:

cute bridge rainforest in thailand

Around km 9 of route 1009 you will have a checkpoint to pay the entrance fee. Keep your tickets well, as there will be a second checkpoint just before you get to the top, plus, if you have time, you can also see the beautiful Mae Ya waterfall, located in another area of the park.

 

Mae ya waterfall in doi inthanon

Conversely if you come from Mae Chaem and reach Chiang Mai without visiting the summit, then again you will not have to pay the right of way (but you will be able to see the waterfalls along the main road gratis 😉 )

top view of Mae ya Thailand waterfall in doi inthanon

The national Park is open all year round, however, Thailand waterfalls can be quite dangerous during the rainy season, as the large flow requires a ban on access. It usually happens that a few days a year, inquire well the day before or the day before your planned visit.

 

Pha dok siao waterfall chiangmai province in Thailand

 

Pha dok siao waterfall, thailand
Pha dok siao waterfall chiangmai province thailand

 

Lampi waterfall in khaolak – lumru national park

 

Lampi waterfall in khaolak

The waterfalls of Khao Lampi National Park

 

The “Khao Lampi – Thai Muang National Park”, established in 1986, covers an area of 72 square km, and includes two distinct geographical regions :

the “hat Thai Muang” area is a long coastal strip located west of Highway No. 4, between the ocean and the river: it is a nesting area for the sea turtles;

Young sea turtle swimming in nursery pool

the area “Khao Lampi”, is a mountainous wooded area to the east of Road No. 4. This area represents 70 % of the entire park and culminates at Mount Yot Khao Kanim at 622 m.

Waterfalls are located in the mountainous area of Khao Lampi.

Please note: national parks usually open from 8: 30 to 4: 00 pm. after 4: 00 pm, it is no longer possible to enter.

The entrance ticket at 100 THB allows – in the same day-access to the National Park of the area “Khao Lampi” and “hat Thai Muang” so a good idea is to visit the two waterfalls in the morning and then go to the park Khao Lampi – hat Thai Muang for a lunch / picnic on the beach. Keep the ticket well after each visit.

 

Lampi waterfall in khaolak thailand

Huai mae khamin Thailand waterfall at

kanchanaburi

 

Huai mae khamin waterfall at kanchanaburi

Doi inthanon park in Thailand

 

 waterfall in doi inthanon park in thailand

When you are passing through Chiang Mai, it is highly recommended to take an excursion to Doi Inthanon national Park, usually on 1st day, these excursions include visits to waterfalls, tribal villages and discovering beautiful landscapes.

Doi Inthanon is a national park established in 1954 and was among the first 14 national parks created in Thailand. Located about 70 km southwest of Chiang Mai, it is best known for hosting Thailand’s highest peak, which culminates at (only) 2565 m.

On the program, waterfalls, nature and villages will stagger your route through this park, easy to access and surely one of the best known in Thailand (especially in the North). Perso, it is a park that I would gladly recommend to have a nice glimpse of the mountains of northern Thailand.

Getting to the Doi Inthanon: instructions

Given the distance, it takes 1h30 to reach the Doi Inthanon entrance from the center of Chiang Mai. To this it is necessary to add a good hour and some 30 km to reach the summit.

The options to get there are varied and for the more frivolous in terms of organization, many tours offer a visit on the day(count minimum 1150 baht per person to get there).
Get to Doi Inthanon by public transport

Most of you will travel there by public transport. To do this, head to Chang Phuak Gate, the north gate of the central square of Chiang Mai’s old town.

At 500m north of the gate, you will find the Chang Phuak Bus Station, which is where the songthaews leave (as a reminder, the pick-ups with rows of seats arranged behind) heading south of Chiang Mai, which in this case will be yellow.

Doi Inthanon National Park in  Thailand has a large number of beautiful sights to visit but contrary to what many believe, the north of the country is probably the part that offers the most beautiful panoramas. An excellent surprise awaits lucky tourists who visit Chiang Mai, although to get there you need a minimum of preparation and devote a day to it at a minimum. We want to talk about Doi Inthanon national Park located about 115 kilometers from the city of Chiang Mai. Organizing an excursion there therefore requires renting a car or motorcycle, or contacting us.

The first thing you realize when you arrive at the park and start exploring the surroundings is that you probably won’t have enough time to enjoy all there is to see. If you plan an excursion on your own we advise you to do a minimum of research to select the places you wish to visit. You can also watch the excursions that we offer and that will take you with a French-speaking guide to the must-see sites. This includes a visit to Thailand’s highest peak.

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The park is also known for its fauna and flora which is at its peak of beauty between December and February. No matter what time you go there, it’s always a good idea to take a jacket or sweater because the temperature is always cool (read very cool) when you get close to the top.

Aside from the mountain top and the beautiful flowers it houses, there are countless other things to see in the park. Starting with the stunning stunts. Visits to Doi Inthanon National Park are feasible all year round, but the time when the waterfalls are the most beautiful is between May and November, as they are then inflated by monsoon rains. Some are only accessible by 4X4 (do not hesitate to contact us to arrange an all-terrain excursion).

Namtok Mae Ya is probably the most spectacular with its 280 meters of slope and the beautiful forest that surrounds it.

The 2 Royal pagodas known respectively as Phra Mahathat Naphamethanidon and Phra Mahathat Naphaphonphumisiri are also a must see. The gardens and panoramic views are magnificent, not to mention the beauty of the pagodas themselves. The Tham borichinda cave with its beautiful stalactites and stalagmites and

Buddha statues which are quite abundant in the country are also worth a visit.

Buddha chinnarat phitsanulok / thailand buddha shrine

The Great Buddha of Thailand statue

Big golden buddha statue at wat muang temple angthong province
Giant golden buddha statue at wat muang temple

 

The statue is a real giant with its 92 meters hight and 63 meters wide

Great Buddha of Thailand

Great golden Buddha of Thailand

 

Great Buddha of Thailand size with human compare

Most of these sites can be visited with an organized, private or group excursion, but if you decide to go alone know that the park is full of paths with beautiful views. If you are planning a trip to Thailand, a visit to Doi Inthanon National Park should definitely have its place in your program.

 

The national Park is open all year round, however, waterfalls can be dangerous during the rainy season, as the large flow requires a ban on access. It usually happens that a few days a year, inquire well the day before or the day before your planned visit.

The beautiful sapan waterfall in thailand, khun nan national park bo kluea nan

 

sapan waterfall, khun nan national park bo kluea nan thailand

Doi Inthanon National Park, Thailand

Doi Intanon is one of Thailand’s most popular national parks, known for its many waterfalls, picturesque trails, secluded villages and Mountain Farms. It has convenient observation platforms where you can observe birds and enjoy beautiful layers of sun.

Doi Intanon has a cool weather all year round. Doi Intanon National Park, also known as the roof of Thailand, covers an area of 482 km2. It is located in Chiang Mai Province in northern Thailand. The park is part of the Himalayan range, the heights of the “roofs of Thailand” from 800 to 2565 meters. The highest peak is called the park-Doi Intanon, and is the highest mountain in Thailand.

In the park, high humidity is felt all year round. In addition, it is quite cold in Asia. The average daily air temperature is usually about 10-12 ° C.

The park was named in honor of King Intavichayanon, one of The Last Kings of Chiang Mai, who took care of the forests of northern Thailand and wanted to keep them in every way. After his death, the remains of the ruler were placed in the park on his orders. The forest was called Doi Intanon.

 

sapan waterfall thailand

Klong lan waterfall, beautiful waterfall in rainforest at kampangphet, thailand

 

Klong lan waterfall

Phlio waterfall in namtok phlio national park Thailand

 

Phlio waterfall in namtok

 

 

Phlio waterfall in namtok river

 

Monk statue Thai national park

 

Ancient pagoda with a lot of moss

Ancient pagoda with a lot of moss

 

 

Phlio waterfall in namtok

 

 

namtok river

 

 

Phlio waterfall in namtok river

 

 

Haew narok (chasm of hell) Thailand waterfall, kao yai national park

 

Haew narok (chasm of hell) waterfall

 

Nakhon si thammarat, thailand

 

Nakhon si thammarat, thailand

 

The biggest and beautiful waterfall in thailand named thi lor su located in tak province

 

 

Tad-loei-nga waterfall. beautiful waterfall in loei province, thailand

 

Family of thai elephants

Traditional decorative bowls on wicker plate of tea

Beautiful waterfall. erawan waterfall at erawan national park in kanchanaburi, thailand

 

Beautiful waterfall – Erawan waterfall at Erawan National Park in Kanchanaburi, Thailand.

 

Tam nang thailand waterfalls

 

Tam nang waterfall thailand

 

 

Tam nang waterfall in thailand

 

Near one of the waterfalls we stumbled on this guy:

Tiger in thailand vacation

It appears he was sneaking on us

Tiger in thailand waterdall

 

Fortunately he was apparently busy with salivating over a beef sandwich a man next to us was eating. Gosh, I’m happy this tiger prefers beef with mayo and ketchup instead of sweaty tourists.

 

We had some delicious prawn soup too:

 

delicious prawn soup too in thailand

It’s similar to the tom yum soup recipe I posted recently.

 

Best Pagoda locations in Thailand you should visit

 

Pagoda in wat chalong, phuket, thailand

 

Pagoda in wat chalong, phuket, thailand

You should also visit these places with pagodas in Thailand if you have the time and budget of course.

 

Phra maha chedi chai mongkol or phanamtip temple, roi et province in Thailand

 

 phra maha chedi chai mongkol or phanamtip temple, roi et, thailand

phra mahathat kaen nakhon, wat nong wang, khon kaen, thailand

 

phra mahathat kaen nakhon, wat nong wang, khon kaen, thailand

Golden pagoda in phra that kham kaen

Golden pagoda in phra that kham kaen

Wat phra ram ayutthaya pagoda in Thailand

 wat phra ram ayutthaya, thailand

Ayutthaya temple ruins

Also, it doesn’t matter if you are believer or not, but you will definitely enjoy the aesthetic view of this Head of Buddha statue nested in these tree roots:

Head of buddha statue in the tree roots

Stone head of buddha surrounded by tree's roots in wat prha mahathat temple in ayutthaya, thailand

head of buddha surrounded by tree's roots

I hope he feels really comfortable down there 😉

Ratchaprapha dam at khao sok national park, surat thani province, thailand

 

While we were ther we decided to visit the gorgeous beaches of thailand. Who would miss such a paradise, not me for sure. And it’s called the paradise island for a reason.

 

Paradise island in thailand andaman

 

Paradise island in thailand andaman

View of ko phi phi island, krabi province, andaman sea, thailand

 

ko phi phi island, krabi province, andaman sea, thailand

Beautiful Beaches in Ko Phi Phi peninsula Thailand

 

Ko Phi Phi peninsula Thailand

We visited few other places while we were there

Beautiful landscape phuket, krabi, thailand

Beautiful landscape phuket

Aerial view of phuket coast beach from the plane on way back home

 

Aerial view of phuket coast beach from the plane on way back home

There you go. If you love nature and like exotic beautiful places, you should definitely go to Thailand and enjoy its cuisine, beaches and wonderful Thailand waterfalls as I did last summer ;-).

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