Pambok Waterfall In Pai – A Complete Guide

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An adventure to the Pambok Waterfall is one of the best things to do when exploring the mountainous region of Pai.

I have put together this complete guide to Pam Bok Waterfall including how to get there, how much it costs, and what to expect when you arrive.

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WHERE IS PAMBOK WATERFALL?

Pambok Waterfall is 9km southwest of Pai on the same road that leads out to the Bamboo Bridge and Pai Land Split.

It’s approximately a 20-minute drive to reach the waterfall from the center of Pai.

Click here to see the location on Google maps.

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HOW TO GET TO HERE

The best way to get to Pam Bok Waterfall is on a scooter.

Scooters can be rented for as 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 for insurance purposes.

I also highly recommend purchasing travel insurance, especially when riding on the roads in Asia.

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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ARRIVING AT PAMBOK WATERFALL

There is a 200 Baht entrance fee to visit the Pam Bok Waterfall, and upon arriving you are able to park your scooter or car in the parking lot and follow the trail up to the falls.

The trail is a combination of rocky steps, a steel bridge, and then a short walk upstream to the base of the falls.

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WHAT TO EXPECT

The beautiful Pambok Waterfall is surrounded by a canyon of high cliffs with a freshwater rock pool at the base of the falls. It is less touristy than the Moe Pang Waterfall in Pai, meaning you’ll most likely have it to yourself.

There are a few rock jumping points from the cliff walls surrounding Pam Bok Waterfall though be sure to do a depth check first and avoid diving headfirst into the rock pools.

The best time of year to visit is during the wet season, July to November when the rain provides a decent amount of water flow from the mountains to the falls. In the dry season, from February to May, there won’t be much more than a trickle of water.

I spent an hour or so exploring and swimming here before continuing another 2km up the road to visit the popular Bamboo Bridge attraction.

 

WHERE 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, a restaurant and bar, free wifi, and airport shuttle services. Each Suite is fitted with fine beddings and furnishings, gardens, patios, a minibar, air conditioning, and an outdoor bathtub. Recommended for couples, families, and friends.

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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, a private bathroom, and flat-screen tv. Perfect place to stay in Pai for couples, families, and friends!

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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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WHAT TO PACK FOR PAI

When visiting Pai, here is a list of items I highly recommend bringing with you;

  • Sunscreen – the Thailand sun is very strong, so make sure to pack some high-quality sunscreen.
  • Quick-dry travel towel – the most compact and lightweight towel for traveling.
  • Reusable water bottle – stay hydrated by bringing along a reusable water bottle.
  • Backpack – The Nomatic 30L Travel Pack is the ultimate backpack for everyday adventures.

If you’re interested in taking awesome photos and videos on your travels, this is the camera gear that I use and recommend;

  • GoPro HERO10 – the most popular camera on the planet for action-packed adventures.
  • Canon EOS R – perfect for traveling, this is the most affordable, compact camera on the market.
  • DJI Mini 3 Pro – take your photos and videos to new heights with this user-friendly drone camera.

 

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TRAVEL RESOURCES FOR YOUR NEXT TRIP

Whether you’re a seasoned traveler or it’s your first trip overseas, here are some useful travel resources to help you kick-start your next adventure!

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Looking for more? Check out my Travel Resources page for further help with your trip planning!

 

FINAL THOUGHTS

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2 thoughts on “Pambok Waterfall In Pai – A Complete Guide”

  1. There is now a 200 baht entrance fee to go up the steps to the Pambok waterfall. The fee also allows you to spend 1 day exploring the national park.

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