Huay Kaew Waterfall Chiang Rai is a two-leveled waterfall located near the village of Pha Soet in Doi Hang. In my opinion, this is one of the best waterfalls in Chiang Rai in terms of jungle scenery and swimming.
Whether you’re looking to escape the heat or get out into the jungle landscapes around Chiang Rai, a trip to Huay Kaew waterfall is easily one of the best things to do near the city.
Before you continue, make sure that you’re looking for Huay Kaew Waterfall in Chiang Rai, not the waterfall in Chiang Mai with the same name.
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Where is Huay Kaew Waterfall Chiang Rai?
Huay Kaew Waterfall is located approximately 25 KM from Chiang Rai following the Kok River to the west. If you’re riding a motorbike, expect about 45 minutes to one hour to get here from Chiang Rai.
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How to Get Here
By far, the best way to explore Chiang Rai and the scenic outskirts is to rent a motorbike and drive around by yourself. The roads around Chiang Rai are very well maintained and much less chaotic than its northern neighbor; Chiang Mai.
You can rent a motorbike in Chiang Rai for 150 Baht per day. If you stay at Grace Hostel, the owner can arrange it for you.
As I mentioned, it will only take approximately 45 minutes to an hour to reach the carpark, which is impossible to miss if you follow the pin above. Once you arrive at the carpark, follow the walking path to the right, leading up and into the jungle.
Huay Kaew Waterfall Entrance Fee
There is no entrance fee for Huay Kawe Waterfall in Chaing Rai. Keeping nature free, just as it should be.
The Jungle Waterfall Hike
This waterfall hike is quite short. In fact, it only takes about 5 minutes to reach the first level and about 10 minutes in total to reach the second level.
Although some sections are a little steep it’s a very easy hike. Before you approach the final level, you’ll cross a bamboo bridge which looks like it could do with some much needed and overdue repairs.
Although the trail is not very busy, some trekking trips visit Huay Kaew Waterfall at the end of their Chiang Rai hiking trips.
Want to join in on a hill tribe trekking trip in Chiang Rai? Consider this 2 Day, 1 Night trek and jungle stay for under $90 with all meals included.
Huay Kaew Waterfall and Swimming Hole – What to Expect
The first level is a wide, cascading set of waterfalls that is approximately 30 meters in height. Once you approach it, you’ll realize that it’s more for taking photos than for actual swimming.
However, if you continue on the steep trail that winds left then cuts back right along the flowing river, you’ll soon reach the main waterfall level. This one is a little higher and steeper, at 40 meters.
It’s important to remember that this waterfall depends on wet weather. That means that in the dry season, it could be completely dried up.
The best time for visiting this waterfall is between October and April. During this time, the weather isn’t overwhelmingly hot and there is enough rain to keep the waterfalls flowing.
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Huay Kaew Waterfall Swimming
At the top level, there is a small swimming hole where you can swim. The depth here is only just over a meter. You can also get a natural waterfall massage and shower on the bottom rocks where the flow is hard.
Where to Stay in Chiang Rai
My Chiang Mai Accommodation: Grace Hostel
Grace Hostel was actually one of my favorite hostels in Northern Thailand. The free breakfast is great. Although it’s located a little outside of the town center, the friendly owner can drive you to the markets or bus station for free.
Highly Reviewed Guest House: SuanTung Guest House
This is one of the highest-rated budget guest houses in Chiang Rai. It’s super central, only a few minutes walk to the night market and the clocktower and the bus station.
Cheapest Dorm in Chiang Rai: Bar 184 Party Hostel
Bar 184 has dorm rooms for under $5 a night, which is the cheapest you’ll find in Chiang Rai. If you’re after a party vibe at a low price, this will be the place for you. These guys also arrange motorbikes if you want one to ride to Huay Kaew Waterfall Chiang Rai.
I always compare accommodation across Hostelworld, Booking.com, and Agoda. Between these three, you’ll always get the cheapest price and best deals. I find that for Thailand, Booking.com usually has the best deals.
Chiang Rai Waterfall Day Trip
Are you planning your Chiang Rai trip or are you already in the city and looking for things to do? It’s also possible to visit Mae Sai waterfall and the Huay Mark Liam hot springs on a one-day trip from Chiang Rai.
Let me know if you find any other waterfall gems on your trip to Chiang Rai!