Considered one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Thailand, Mae Ya Waterfalls is not to be missed. Located a mere 70 km from the city of Chiang Mai, Mae Ya is easily accessible by car. It is a popular stop for those visiting Doi Inthanon National Park as it is the highest and largest waterfalls in the park.
Getting there might be confusing especially for those of you who don't speak or read Thai, but here's the GPS coordinate: 18° 26.354′, 98° 36.045′
Put it in Google Maps and it should navigate you right up to the waterfalls. The drive there is a bit rough too especially the last stretch before the waterfalls, so I don't really recommend bringing a small low clearance sedan. However, it doesn't require a 4 wheel drive either to get there.
Just like everywhere you go in Thailand, there will be a few food vendors at the waterfalls with some tables and chairs for you to enjoy the meal. I didn't particularly liked the grilled chicken being sold there, so maybe I would recommend you bringing your own meal if you plan on eating at the waterfalls.
The scenery is obviously unparalleled. Combine the view with the accessibility, this makes for the perfect family activity. The hike up to the waterfalls from your car will maybe take 20-30 minutes even for slow walkers. It is a gradual up hill walk. Depending on the season, the waterfalls can be a bit harsh to play in or take a dip especially in the rainy season. But during the hotter months, this place can absolutely get overrun by visitors. Be sure to bring your own personal reusable water bottles to help reduce the amount of trash in the area.
It is amazing and totally worthy the effort of getting there. I highly recommend everyone to check it out.
Mae Ya Waterfalls
View from the top of Doi Inthanon, Inthanon National Park