Looking for a free activity in Chiang Mai? Head to Huay Kaew Waterfall.
You’ve no doubt heard about it if you’ve spent any time at all in Chiang Mai. But here’s a tip: skip the main entrance which is always crowded and head to a more local section of the river just a bit up the road. To avoid crowds and swim where the locals swim, head here, not here.
This is what you’ll find:
I watched until they invited me over. No pics here ’cause I was busy jumping off the rock with them. If you’re too scared to jump, just before the pond the rocks form a natural slide you can go down. The slide was more fun than jumping anyway, I thought.
There’s a river just like this in Hilo that my college buddies and I would go to every week so I really enjoyed doing this kind of stuff again.
Make a day out of this. Pack a lunch and eat in on the rocks by the river or in one of the shaded pavilions. It’s so relaxing up there with the trees and sound of the water.
I was the only farang which is much different than the main entrance to the waterfall. It’s a really cool local spot. The kids who were jumping couldn’t be older than 16 but they were all smoking cigs. There was another small group of kids, maybe even a little younger who were drinking big bottles of Chang too.
It was all too perfect. If only Thais found it necessary to clean up after themselves instead of leaving cigarette butts and empty bottles all over the place. Oh well, take the good with the bad. This is Thailand.