Mae Ya Waterfall Ping River

Discussion in 'Northern Thailand - Road Trip Reports' started by Ally, Jun 17, 2009.

  1. Ally

    Ally Ol'Timer

    The plate is finally on the bike. And yes I like the number 17!
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    I'm a tourist rider, so I just keep stopping where & when I want to take a happy snap. M

    I took the 108 down to Chom Thong and after a coffee at the pump, I u-turned and took the 1009 road to Doi Inthanon.

    I took the second left turn and rode through orchards, villages and fields over to the Mae Ya Waterfall Road.

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    This road passes through a control point and the ticket office insisted on 20 baht for the bike & 20 for me. They insisted that Doi Inthanon rates are higher because the class of the park is higher. - rhubarb rhubarb rhubarb!
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    The road is a decent road except for a few monor pot holes towards the end.

    At the car park, I bought my lunch and was advised that because there were so few people around, I could ride to the waterfall, rather than parking at the barrier & walking 600 metres.
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    Indeed I was the only visitor today. As I arrived, the rain started pouring and I took refuge in the perfectly placed hut adjacent to the waterfall.
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    Apparently this waterfall is the largest in Chiang Mai & Her Majesty the Queen visited here a few years ago.
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    I ate my lunch, toyed with the ants, enjoyed the view & sounds of the water & forest and obviously took some snaps after the rain stopped.

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    On the way back down to Chom Thong, I came across a Slash style scene, a huge turd in the road and a little way further, the buffalo that dropped it suckling her calf. (Colin - It's got a gps co-ordinate if you need it)
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    I had originally intended to visit Mae Thea Waterfall today as well but when I arrived at the bottom of the valley, I looked back up towards Mae Thea and thought better of it. One hell of a storm was setting in over the area and I didn't fancy getting that wet.
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    Once down on the 108, I headed back towards Chiang Mai & then made a stop at Wat Kha Maet.
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    I did a U-Turn and took the next left and followed the small tracks down to the river.
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    At the river, I turned left and followed the Mae Ping all the way up to Hang Dong.

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    And then I came across a new road under construction. This it would seem will link the 108 with the 106 and it will be a decent size road too.

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    A very pleasant jaunt along the river road.
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    Distance 146 Km

    Ally
     
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  3. Fishenough

    Fishenough Ol'Timer

    Turd or the buffalo, wouldn't want to meet either coming around a bend to fast.

    That road along the Mae Ping is a nice ride; peddle or motor.
     
  4. daewoo

    daewoo Ol'Timer

    Same Waterfall in November 2 years ago.

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    When I started reading that I didn't like where it was going... :D :D

    Cheers,
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  5. Marco

    Marco Ol'Timer

    20-20 not that bad Ally,,,did they even try to get normal tourist fees?

    Nice pictures as usually
     
  6. Ally

    Ally Ol'Timer

    Colin - Re the Helmet, next time ! Nope not a lot of water difference despite the nights & days of rain but the lush undergrowth is very different.

    Kevin - a nice journey, any wheels will do it. And the amount of people fishing along the way was amazing. There are many fish farms along the river (in the river) and I think I saw one guy poaching, sat on the farm barrels with his rod in the enclosure, rather than the river side. Naughty naughty ! Or was it the bored farmer?

    Daewoo - Ha ha! That's often the case when having a discussion with Colin in real life !

    Marco - Yeah they tried the same old tourist price at first and then after a long debate about the issue it was all yim heng !

    I guess the 3 people at the barrier, one to move it right, one to move it left and the other to collect the money need an income. After all, the women at the food stalls at the waterfall said this week they had seen just 2 tourists so my entrance fee and purchase of lunch must have boosted the economy 100%.

    Ally
     

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