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Mae Surin Waterfalls
Mae Hong Son, Thailand
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Given national park status in 1981, this natural wonder, which straddles Mueang and Khun Yuam districts, encompasses a wildlife and botanical reserve, a huge waterfall and a spectacular terraced mountain.Namtok Mae Surin, its main attraction, is 37 kilometers from Khun Yuam district. It is a huge waterfall cascading over eighty meters down below.
Mae Surin Waterfalls[1]

 

Nam Tok Mae Surin (Mae Surin waterfall): A single jet of water leaping off a cliff face and plunging gracefully onto the rocks 100 meters below, Mae Surin waterfall is one of the tallest and most beautiful single tier waterfalls in Thailand. The fall can be viewed from the hills across the valley, or you can hike down the hills for a closer look. On the way to the waterfall, there are Karen and Hmong hill tribe villages as well as the famous Toong Buat Tong, or fields of wild sun flowers, which bloom for two weeks only in the month of November.

Topography
Located in Mae Hong Son province, Mae Surin national park covers 397 square kilometers of rugged terrain. It was established in 1981 as the 37th national park of Thailand. The park contains some of the main peaks of Thanon Tongchai range with elevation varying between 300 and 1,700 meters above sea level. These highland gives birth to numerous streams and small rivers which are important tributaries of the Pai river, the main river of this region.

The three seasons of northern Thailand offer varied conditions within Mae Surin national park throughout the year. With the mountain tops and river valleys often wreathed in mist, the cold season (November to February) offers beautiful scenery, lush vegetation, and comfortable temperatures for hiking and camping. The temperature during the hot season (late February to May) can be somewhat oppressive in the lowlands of Mae Hong Son with a mean high temperature of 39ºC in the month of April. Rainy season is normally from June to October. This brings the forest into vibrant life and fills the rivers and their waterfalls to full capacity. While nature is at this time in its grandest state, hiking along the mountains will be quite difficult. Careful planning must be done for safety. White water rafting on Pai river is a popular activity during the rainy season.

Drastic variations in topography and soil types in this region have created numerous habitat types ranging from sparsely vegetated stands of broadleaf deciduous to lush stands of tropical evergreen forest. Flora of interest are: increasingly rare stands of teak, stands of temperate pine, and a number of orchid and wildflower species. Probable animal species present in the park include Malay sun bear, golden cat, common wild pig, barking deer, and serow[2]

How to get there
Follow Highway 108 to Kun Yuam District, a distance of about 60 kilometres. From there, continue down the gravel road for about 30 kilometres to the park entrance.

Where to visit
The most popular attraction in Mae Surin Waterfall is the single-level waterfall which cascades down 100 metres from an overhanging cliff. At 1,752 metres, Doi Pui Peak is ideal for a walk in the fresh mountain air, while some 12 kilometres away, the picturesque grassy basin surrounding Mae Surin has become a popular spot for camping. The gravel road leading to this area is accessible only in the dry season. [3]

 

 

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References
 
1. Pai Resort-Mae Surin Waterfalls-retrieved 8/11/2009
2. Trek Thailand- Mae Surin Waterfalls-retrieved 8/11/2009
3. Hotel Thailand- Mae Surin Waterfalls-retrieved 8/11/2009
 
 

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