Hike-in Required
No
Open Year-round
Yes
ADA accessible
No
Guided tours
No
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Wat Pha Lat Trail Waterfall is a small waterfall located immediately beside where the Monk's Trail continues uphill from Wat Pha Lat Temple to Wat Phra That Doi Suthep along the downhill side of the road.

Despite not having an official name, the falls run over a scenic small ledge of jungle beside a picturesque hanging tree, cascading down about 3 meters into a clearing in the jungle alive with the sounds of birds and insects filling the humid air.

Reaching the parking space for the falls is the trickiest part of visiting, as the spot is unmarked on the downhill drive, and with traffic and blind curves in the road, it's strongly suggested that visitors don't attempt to turn into the spot from the uphill lane. When driving uphill, a sign marking the trail from the road to the beautiful Wat Phra That Doi Suthep Temple stands just before the single space where a car can pull off and park. Keen observers will see where the stream just below the falls flows beneath the road. From here it is just a short walk to reach the falls.

At the right time of day, sunlight beams through the jungle canopy, casting rays of light around the falls.

The hike from here to Wat Pha Lat is about 500 meters downhill after crossing the road, with the Monk's Trail continuing down to the western edge of Chiang Mai or uphill to Wat Phra That Doi Suthep at the park's peak.

The falls lie in Doi Suthep-Pui National Park, however there is no admission fee or time restrictions on visiting these falls.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Winter
Spring
Summer
Fall

Congestion

Low

Parking Pass

None

Pros

Beautiful falls. No crowds.

Cons

Parking space is tricky to access.

Pets allowed

Not Allowed

Features

Waterfalls
Family friendly

Location

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