Deluge Forces Popular Doi Inthanon Waterfall to Close (Video)

CHIANG MAI — Thousands of tourists at Doi Inthanon National Park were let down Tuesday after its highest waterfall was declared off limits due to a sudden surge of runoff and flash flooding.

Fearing visitors may be swept away by the torrent, authorities this morning announced the park’s Maeya Waterfall would be closed after water levels reached 175 millimeters – the highest of the year – according to park chief Rung Hiranwong.

Motorists were advised to be cautious of heavy rains and slippery roads.

The country’s highest mountain and popular tourist attraction Monday saw more than 5,000 visitors as temperatures fell to between 10C and 16C.