The waterfall stands within the Doi Inthanon National Park in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Doi Inthanon is the highest peak in Thailand (2,565 m / 8,415 ft above sea level) and is the source of the many rivers. As the water makes its way down, it creates a series of waterfalls. Mae Ya is one of the most spectacular and thought to be the highest in the country, at around 260 m (853 ft) tall and 100 m (328 ft) wide. It is composed of dozens of cascades and ledges and the waters fan out and widen in a series of steps as it descends.
The waterfall is situated in a shady forest setting and at a relatively high altitude, so the area is much cooler than in central Chiang Mai below.
The surrounding area is protected by the national park and is home to a huge diversity of forest plants, 66 species of mammals and 386 bird species.
The site is easily accessible via a well-made footpath and is well developed with plenty of room to explore, picnic or just rest and watch the falls. It’s a favorite spot for Thai families to visit.
Popular activities include admiring the views around on foot or by car, trekking, cycling, bird watching and of course, the magnificent waterfall. There is a pool at the bottom where children can swim.
The falls is around 12 - 14 km (7.4 - 8.6 mi) from Chom Thong village in the Doi Inthanon area. The mountain is accessible by car or on foot.