Mo Paeng Waterfall (Namtok Mo Paeng) is low-key one of the best waterfalls in Pai. This beautiful set of falls situated up in the hills on the outskirts of Pai has everything you need for a day of fun in the sun!
I have put together this complete guide to Mo Paeng Waterfall including how to get there and what to expect when you arrive.
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WHERE IS MO PAENG WATERFALL?
Mo Paeng Waterfall is located 9km west of Pai. From the center of town, it’s approximately a 20-minute drive.
HOW TO GET HERE
The best way to get to Namtok Mo Paeng is on a scooter. Scooters can be rented for a little as 150 Baht per day from one of the many rental stores in the center of Pai.
Alternatively, some accommodations offer scooter rentals for around the same price. A money deposit or passport is generally required as a bond.
If you aren’t confident with riding a scooter, you can hail a songthaew (pick-up truck with bench seats) to get from A to B. Make sure to agree on a price with the driver first before jumping in the back.
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The entrance to Mor Paeng Waterfall
ARRIVING AT NAMTOK MO PAENG
There is no entrance fee to visit this stunning waterfall, just park in the designated parking area under the trees, and from here it’s less than one minute to walk to reach the base of the falls.
WHAT TO EXPECT AT MOE PAENG WATERFALL
Mo Paeng Waterfall has more than just one set of falls, in fact, there is a collective of swimming holes and two or three smaller waterfalls at this one location.
I visited the Mor Paeng Waterfall at around 8:30 am after experiencing an unforgettable sunrise at the Yun Lai Viewpoint, another popular point of interest in Pai.
Mo Paeng is the closest waterfall from Pai and the most popular among tourists. Although, when I visited there was literally no one else at the falls which surprised me knowing the popularity of these falls.
Drone shot of Mor Paeng Waterfall
Natural swimming pool
I arrived at the main set of falls which is where the trail from the car park leads to first.
There is a shallow rock pool at the base of these falls, which aren’t that spectacular, to be honest, so don’t get your hopes up here. It was more just a flow of water running down some boulders into this freshwater swimming hole.
However, I explored further downstream and found a larger waterfall gushing down a smooth rock surface into a more inviting rock pool at the bottom.
This is where you can find the natural water slide and the reason why many people flock to Mor Paeng Waterfall on a hot sunny day.
The forest that surrounds the waterfall is green and serene and I just knew I had to fly my DJI Mavic Drone Camera to get another perspective of it all. From the air, I spotted more waterfalls and rock pools upstream so I had to go and check them out!
There are grass patches and wooden gazebos which is the perfect setting to laze around and lose a few hours here if you have the time. If you are traveling solo, it’s the perfect spot to meet and hang out with some other travelers!
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Mo Paeng Waterfall Pai
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BEST PLACES TO STAY IN PAI
Pai has hundreds of accommodations to choose from, so I have narrowed it down to a few of the best places to stay to suit the needs of budget backpackers, luxury travelers, and everyone in between.
See the list of accommodations below that I personally recommend:
Luxury: Pai Island Resort
This is one of the best 5-star accommodations in Pai with a dreamy setting in the forests. Featuring a pong, well-kept gardens, restaurant and bar, free wifi, and airport shuttle services. Each Suite is fitted with fine beddings and furnishings, gardens, patios, minibar, air conditioning, and outdoor bathtub. Recommended for couples, families, and friends.
Mid Range: Rim Pai Cottage
Rim Pai Cottages are 3-star accommodations framed by beautiful mountains and the Pai River. Centrally located on Pai’s famous walking street, this property features a restaurant, infinity pool, and free wifi. Choose from a double room, family room, villas, or a suite, each fitted with air conditioning, tea/coffee facilities, comfortable beds, private bathroom, and flat-screen tv. Perfect place to stay in Pai for couples, families, and friends!
Budget: Spicy Pai Backpackers
Spicy Pai Backpackers is the most popular budget accommodation in Pai. Great place to stay for solo travelers, couples, and friends! This property is surrounded by mountains and rice fields, featuring a common area, communal kitchen, and free wifi. Choose from either a dorm room, private bungalow, or a quadruple king-size room with bed linen and towels. A complimentary breakfast is also included for all guests!
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