Exploring the scenic side of Chiang Mai with a hike to Huay Kaew waterfall
After finishing up our very first class at Chiang Mai University, (as part of Cal Poly’s Thailand Study Abroad Program), myself and a few others decided to take a hike up to a local waterfall, Huay Kaew.
Our original intention was to hike all the way up to Wat Pha Lad, but the destination was a bit elusive, so we saved that for another afternoon.
We walked past Chiang Mai zoo and uphill toward Doi Suthep National Park.
We passed by an area with some public shrines, as well as multiple street vendors selling food, as well as flowers and candles for worship.
We eventually made it to Doi Suthep Pui National park, and strolled a bit into the jungle. It wasn’t long until we saw a stream at the base of the main waterfall.
We were already decently high up at this point, and could see that the stream dopped off to reveal a breathtaking view of rainforest, with the rooftops of Chiang Mai in the near-distance.
We then began our hike up the inclined trail toward the waterfall.
The area wasn’t crowded, although to be fair it was a weekday. We saw a few local families and some European tourists.
We quickly made our decent up the rock faces, stopping to assess the best methods of crossing muddy streams or getting up steep areas.
Eventually, we made it to a point that warned us against going further.
However, there was a very clear worn-down trail past this area, with lots of tree roots and rocks to cling on to, so (sorry mom) we proceeded anyway.
We hiked up the steep damp dirt path, gawking at giant ants and swarming termites. At one point, we even crossed a stone bridge over the water.
The view from the top was picturesque, and we took turns going right up to the edge to look down.
Chiang Mai could be seen through the trees, but it didn’t easily turn out in pictures.