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Review of Mae Yen Waterfalls

Ranked #13 of 35 things to do in Pai
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed July 24, 2013

We were unsure on how long this trek was going to take as we'd heard conflicting times, but return trip from the heart of town was between 7 and 8 hours. We left about 7:30 am which was great as it wasn't too hot on the way out there and we didn't see anyone else on the track until we were on our way back when we saw about 6 separate groups. It feels like you're in the middle of nowhere, eery at times as you feel so alone and vulnerable but the scenery and experience is incredible! The waterfall itself is beautiful but not much room for swimming and this trek is more about the journey not the destination! Insects and spiders etc. didn't bother us at all and on the way back we took a couple of wrong turns as there is more than one path so be careful - they probably all lead to the same place but you never know! You do cross the stream a bunch of times so your feet get wet and I wouldn't recommend doing this in flip flops! One group of guys were planning to camp by the waterfall which would be awesome, just be prepared as there is absolutely nothing out there. Really glad we did this but were so exhausted by the time we got back - a good excuse for a foot massage!

Visited July 2013
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“great hangout”
Reviewed June 23, 2013

cool water, lots of little pockets to swim in, Chinese village on way is ordinary and watch out, part of the road is unsafe. Sooo many tourists hurting themselves crashing motor cycles.. in town today, broken foot, broken legs, big scarred legs... people who do not ride at home should not ride here! Period.

Visited June 2013
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Tel Aviv, Israel
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“Not an easy walk”
Reviewed May 19, 2013

Through the tourist maps and signs we thought that the walk to the waterfall shouldn't be more than a fun short day trip. How wrong we were.
To start off, it's probably more than 7 km. I guess they measured it by the length of the river, and not by the path itself. Or they were drunk.
The path goes around the river and in the end there's a steep climb which leaves the river beneath, only to return to it in the waterfall. The path is not very well signed, and on the way back especially you should be careful not to miss it.
It's a beautiful walk through the jungle, and it takes about 3 hours each direction. But come prepared. It's not an easy task. We drank water from the river, but we didn't bring any food and such. You should treat this walk as you would a trek, don't underestimate. It's definatly not for kids.
The waterfall itself was nice. We got here in May, so I guess there could be much more water flowing, but still we swam in the little pool and relaxed.
I don't fancy much the rating system here, but we had fun, and an unexpected adventure.

Visited May 2013
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