Pam Bok Waterfall Pai is a small swimming hole which is a great place to cool down on a hot day. If you visit in the right season, you’ll be able to swim underneath the light falls and sit by the rocks. You’ll be able to relax all day at this laid back waterfall!
How to get to Pam Bok Waterfall Pai
To get to Pai, we used 12Go to book a van from Chiang Mai. 12Go is a super cheap and reliable way to get around Thailand and other popular Southeast Asian countries.
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Pam Bok Waterfall is roughly a 20 minute drive from Pai Town. The best way to access this waterfall would be to drive yourself. We drove on our scooter which we rented for 150Baht per day. As you turn off the main road, it gets a little bumpy as the roads are slightly damaged. The carpark is easy to miss as it’s located on a bend just after a bridge and doesn’t have many signs. Be sure to keep an eye out for a little hut on a small patch of dirt. From the carpark it’s less than a 5 minute walk along a dirt path.
Where to stay
The town of Pai is small although it has plenty of places for you to stay. Wherever you stay in Pai, you’ll be close to a variety of food and cafe options. We stayed at the Rainbow House Pai and drove into town on our scooter everyday. A popular hostel in the middle of town is also Hugga Pai.
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Opening hours & entrance fee
Pam Bok Waterfall Pai is open all day so you can head there as early or as late as you like. There is also no entrance fee.
What to expect
Pam Bok Waterfall Pai is a great place to spend a hot afternoon. Be sure to visit in the right season because when we went it had been raining heavily. This means the waterfall was incredibly rough and we were unable to swim. The water was also very dirty due to the strong current. If you visit during dry season then you should have no issue getting into the water for a swim.
The waterfall is very easy to access and is only a short 5 minute walk up a dirt path. Once you come to the bridge you’ll know you’re at the halfway point. The waterfall is narrow and tucked behind tall cliffs so it’s easy to miss at first. It’s surrounded by nature and feels secluded which gives it a peaceful vibe. This waterfall is also less touristy than the others and is more adventurous unlike the popular Mor Paeng Waterfall.
Once you’ve finished at the waterfall, be sure to check out the Bamboo Bridge which is only 5 minutes away!