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Mae Sa waterfall V Doi Inthananon

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Mae Sa waterfall V Doi Inthananon

Hi everyone, putting together my "itinerary" for Chiang Mai to make sure i have enough time there and was hoping you could help me out on the difference between Mae Sa waterfall and Doi Inthananon. If i understand it correctly from what i have read, Mae Sa waterfall you can swim in and buy a picnic lunch & that there are 10 levels and not far from CM, whereas I believe Doi Inthananon is 2 hours away, has magnificant falls but you cannot swim in them and there is a lot more walking? . We are looking at 8 nights in CM, would you recommend both or are they pretty much the same? thanks :)

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1. Re: Mae Sa waterfall V Doi Inthananon


I think its depends what you're looking for. If you just want to chill swims in waterfall closer to town then Mae Sa and you can combines other tours in the same day.

Doi intanon are further to travel but beautiful scenery. You need to spend the whole day to worth traveling there.

If you have 8 days I would definitely do both.


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2. Re: Mae Sa waterfall V Doi Inthananon

Mae Sa is more of a cascade than a waterfall. It is quite pretty and nice for a visit. But I would give swimming in it a miss, as the Mae Sa Elephant camp is just upstream and elephants, like little kids, tend to relieve themselves anytime they get in the stream (bathing, crossing and playing around).

Doi Inthanon has much more to offer than simply waterfalls, so if you have to choose one or the other definitely do Doi Inthanon.

But the most popular waterfall at D.I. is right near the parking lot, a few hundred steps away and there is food sold right there. There are additional falls that are a walk to get to. And these are waterfalls not cascades.

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