Photo: Pretty sunflower fields.

Mae Surin Waterfall

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This spectacular waterfall is the key feature of the national park of the same name -- Namtok Mae Surin National Park -- and at more than 80 metres is considered to be the highest waterfall in Thailand.

Photo of Mae Surin Waterfall

It’s located in the far southeast of this long thin park, which extends all the way to the Pai river north of Mae Hong Son and includes numerous smaller waterfalls as well as a hornbill reserve amid its steep forested hills.

Mountains rise to more than 1,700 metres and forest types in the park include dry dipterocarp on lower slopes, bamboo in logged areas and teak, deciduous and montane evergreen plus pine on the summits. Some of the valleys and slopes around the edge of the park also have fantastic rice terraces. Inhabitants are mostly Karenni (Red Karen) with some Hmong as well.

The waterfall itself is located on the opposite side of a ravine to the headquarters car park, so you can grab a photo from the viewpoint while barely needing to leave your vehicle. A trail leads down to the foot of falls but it’s steep and not practical during rainy season. During dry season allow two to three hours for the round trip.

Outside of the car park, little of the national park is visited and indeed when we showed up in low season the visitor centre and park facilities were closed. If you do want to visit your best bet would be to enquire at one of the trekking agencies in Mae Hong Son town. In high season they do have accommodation available and the entrance fee ought to be 200 baht, though when we visited in June 2015 nobody asked us to pay.


How to get there
Take the Mae Chaem road out of Khun Yuam (Route 1263) and after some 15 kilometres you’ll see a well signposted turn off to the left for Mae Surin National Park and the Bua Thong sunflower fields. The sunflower fields are at the 12 kilometre point and the entrance to the park is another four kilometres further along the same road.

Mae Surin Waterfall
Namtok Mae Surin National Park, Khun Yuam
T: (053) 612 996, (053) 061 073 
http://nps.dnp.go.th/parksdetail.php?id=128&name=NamtokChetSaoNoiNationalPark
Admission: 200 baht

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