Huay Keaw Waterfall
Huay Keaw Waterfall
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macedonboy
Glasgow, UK185,732 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
Located in Doi Suthep National Park, this is one of the easiest waterfalls to get to considering its size. The waterfall is only about 10 minutes walk from there. The drop is about 30 metres where the water eventually pools into a pond large enough for people to wade in and play, plenty of the locals do that. After you've seen enough, take a hike to the nature trail or take a hike further up to Wang Bua Ban Pond about 20 minutes climb.
Written April 18, 2024
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Freeman-315
San Diego, CA137 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2018 • Solo
This natural area, located on the northwest side of the city just past the zoo, is so close and convenient that it should be visited by most everyone - if the season's right and if you're able to manage the steps and trails. For my January visit, the water was flowing well, making for a wonderful experience. In fact, upon exploring the area, I was thoroughly impressed that such a canyon of waterfalls can exist so close to the large city.

The parking lot is small but free, like the nature area. All around this lot you'll find several food vendors, a 5Bt dirty public toilet, and the entrance sign. It may be unimpressive, but you'll want a photo just the same to remember this fine place.

A 3 minute walk past the vendors, sleeping dogs, and trash cans brings you to an open canyon area which is immediately attractive with its flowing waters, shallow pools, and rock beds - a perfect environment for laying out in the sun or just soaking your feet in the cool waters.  

Going left downstream, you'll find the first decent waterfall. To get a good picture or enjoy swimming in its excellent plunge pool, you'll need to hike around through the brush or take the wet way down. Having done the brush, I got my picture, but I'd recommend a swimsuit with the wet way. The pool's definately inviting.

Going right upstream via the paved trail will bring you to the second significant waterfall, which is quite large and worthy of photos. Here too is another plunge pool that looks inviting for a swim, though the cool water and shade seemed to be deterring everyone during my time there.

Taking the trail above this waterfall should lead to the upper canyon area which I accessed from the Wang Bua Ban overlook further up the mountain road. I didn't realize the connection of these two areas until after my explorations. I'd suggest that you take this trail, staying in the canyon, in order to access the next large waterfall, which has a plunge pool and imposing cliffs. Picture taking may be subpar without afternoon light, but the scenery and potential swimming is worth the hike - which isn't really very far.

I'm not sure if one can easily continue up the drainage to the other falls since I found them from the upper overlook point. Here too is a free parking area right off the mountain road, but no bathroom or significant vendor area. While you may think the overlook's verandas, city view, and flowing creek are all nice, the best is yet to be found. Know though, that up here, I noticed the first "no swimming" signs - probably applying only to the top area only.

This upper area of the canyon has at least 3 significant sets of waterfalls, along with smooth rocks for sunning and attractive plunge pools that were being used by swimmers. (The middle smaller one has good slide and jump potential - demonstarted by adventurous monks during my visit.) The steep, poor trail leading down from the veranda overlook provides the best access to two of these falls, while a better trail across the creek follows the rim out to the prime city overlook point. Here too, one can look down the cliff face and see the most impressive waterfall hidden deep in the canyon - a jewel for viewing and swimming that lies above the large fall discovered from below. The view from above, right from the cliff edge, is impressive, but the better photo op is from the canyon bottom.

For my week-day afternoon visit, I was pleased with the relative lack of litter, crowds, large groups, too many signs, or unnecessary development of the natural area. I'd recommend this as a beautiful place to explore, photograph, and relax waterside in the sun, or as a destination spot for an afternoon picnic and swim. While some of the area's other falls may be a bit higher, this free, convenient, attractive area is worth a first stop.
Written January 29, 2018
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Dan S
Bangkok, Thailand11 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019
A good waterfall and really nice place for photos. Can even get in but only very small pools, for a better experience venture a bit further out via the trails which lead off from this waterfall.
Written September 15, 2019
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Zserge91
Venice, CA32 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2017 • Friends
During our visit to Chiang Mai, we were pressed for time (3 day stay but so much to see)and wanted to at least get one waterfall hike in. This was a nice hike as we were able to complete it after visiting Wat Phra That Doi Suthep. The waterfall is up the mountain on the way to Doi Suthep past the Chiang Mai Zoo. It is not the largest waterfall but it is very tranquil and had few visitors the day we visited. There is a trail that takes you to it and a few rocks you may stand on to get a better view. In addition, there is a trail that you can take which will bring you over the top for a view of the falls and the city. It is a great way to get some exercise while enjoying a less touristy snapshot of Chiang Mai's beauty.
Written February 14, 2017
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Jacquelyn R
Hendersonville, NC32 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2018 • Solo
The sites are not spectacular but this is a nice family park with waterfalls and swimming ponds, the cool water feels wonderful on a hot day. I took an Uber from old town but could not get one to return so walked down to the university where there are numerous coffee shops and cafe’s with good Wif.
Written April 8, 2018
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phooneyy
Singapore69 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2017 • Family
My family and I stayed near the night bazaar. I visited this waterfall place on my second day. We rented bike and took free and easy ride to the place. It was easy- we followed the route provided to us by google map. Takes us about 34 minutes to reach the destination. There are signs indicating different attractions on the bottom of the hill. The water that falls from the cliff is somehow ice cold water. Watching the water stream down just makes you wonder where does that amount of water come from? I'm not too sure if the water is drinkable. But if algae can grow on the rocks, that must mean the water is nutritious. I provided some pictures of me bathing my tired feet in the gushing water.
Written February 13, 2017
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Robert R
Chiang Mai, Thailand354 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2016 • Solo
Like most rain fed streams and rivers in Thailand, before the monsoon season starts they can be completely dry. In the case of Huay Kaew Waterfall, it is dry during much of the spring. The good things about a dry season visit are that it's a short walk from the Zoo, it has hiking potential as the trail on the south side of the river connects to Highway 104 after a climbing trail. There is also a market and restaurant area.

The very lowest area of the falls is easy to cross over the streambed over large rock shelfs and a trail follows the river offering a good view of the city, several gorge views, and a invigorating climb. The trail alternates between railroad tie style walkways, stone steps, pebble walkways, and open ground. It's not obviously marked but following it isn't too difficult. Be adivsed that as the trail enters the upper areas some biting flies are present so bring your deet. Although there are several points that would be good for sunrise shots of Chiang Mai, the park opens at 8AM so getting in place for a sunrise shot requires sneaking in.

The right side of the river trail leads one to either a class 2+ to 3- rock climb up the streanbed to a point where it becomes a class 5 rock climb. The far right trail is the easiest and takes one to a view of the gorge where the waterfall is located.

There are a number of big vertical drops, areas with no handrails or barricades and children and adolescents should be with an adult. The whole area is honeycombed with smaller trails. In the dry season, it should be considered more as a hiking and climbing area, if you're in need of a waterfall with significant flow before the monsoon starts, you're likely to be disappointed at 95% of the waterfalls in Northern Thailand.
Written April 7, 2016
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itravelalotyouknow
Birmingham, UK22 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2018 • Couples
The Huay Kaew Waterfalls are a very nice place to go for a day trip. If you are looking to enjoy the beauty of nature from the comfort of a path, this is one place to go.
Please wear shoes (not flip-flops) to ensure your own safety, as the trails can be slippery and emergency services would take along time to reach you, should you fall. During my most recent trip there, a tourist (wearing flip-flops) slipped and fell some meters, breaking ribs and an arm. It took some time and effort to recover and bring the injured person to a hospital.
Please also take care of the environment you are in, as the careless attitude of many tourists over the years has lead to the river becoming more and more polluted with time.
Written June 17, 2019
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lizz815
117 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2018 • Couples
We had taken a songthaew to Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, and on the way back to the old city, we requested to be dropped off at the Chiang Mai Zoo. From the zoo, it's not a far walk (I'm sure you could ask to be dropped off closer). It's a short trail to the waterfall, and the waterfall itself is really pretty. The rocks are a little slippery but not bad. Really enjoyed getting out of the city and worth the short trek out here. There were a lot of people but not too crowded. Leaving the waterfall, there were songthaews very close by. For two, it was 60B back to the old city.
Written January 27, 2019
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Ana B
Colchester, UK2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2018 • Solo
I went with a mobike. Doable. From Kad Suan Kaew mall it took me 25 minutes to get there. It is just after the zoo. There are signs on the road . Very easy acess. This time of the year was kind of full of water and it was possible to get wet and refresh .
Written October 14, 2018
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