Mae Ya waterfall

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

  • This is Mae Ya waterfall in Doi Inthanon National Park, Thailand. It took more than two hours of riding in the hot sun on some pretty dusty roads to get here, but in the end it was well worth the effort.

    I actually visited two waterfalls today with my friend Yolande, the first being Mae Klang which was itself pretty impressive. Right now it’s coming to the end of Thailand’s dry season so the waterfalls were perhaps not at there most spectacular and we were indeed the only visitors there. However, as I ventured out onto the rocks and felt the cooling spray of the mist coming off the fall, it all seemed pretty spectacular to me.

    As there was still some time until sunset we decided to visit nearby Mae Ya waterfall too. It was entirely different to Mae Klang, more of a cascade with slower falling water. As the sun went behind the rocks on its way to the horizon the light quickly faded and todays picture was actually the final photograph I took. In fact, it was something of a throw away shot taken with a very long exposure to try and get as much light as possible. It’s funny how sometimes those shots turn out to be the best ones.

    Our walk back to the moped was in complete darkness which might have perhaps been a little spooky if it wasn’t for the hundreds of flickering and glowing fireflies that filled the air around us.