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The Pam Bok waterfall near Pai with a few people posing in the water
The Pam Bok waterfall near Pai with a few people posing in the water

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In the vicinity of Pai there are several waterfalls to visit such as the Pam Bok waterfall. This waterfall is not far from the Pai Land Split and can be easily combined within the same (mid)day. The way there is a piece of Pai (cake) and after you have parked your scooter you can reach the waterfall within a few minutes on foot. Despite the fact that the waterfall is a location that is popular with tourists and locals, in many cases it is not very crowded. When we visited the Pam Bok waterfall in July 2018 a maximum of ten people were present.

A water stream from the Pam Bok Waterfall in Pai

Where is the Pam Bok waterfall in Pai?

The route from the Pai center to the Pam Bok waterfall takes about half an hour by scooter. You can plan several stops along the way such as at the nice coffee shop called Coffee in Love where you have an amazing view. A nice combination in the neighborhood is the Pai Land Split. From the Pai Land Split it is a maximum of 10 minutes drive to the waterfall. For the Pai Land Split and the Pam Bok Waterfall you go from the center of Pai, heading south and follow the Route 1095.

Leave your hostel or hotel early and wake up with a delicious (ice) coffee at Coffee in Love. From here you have a breathtaking view on the surroundings of Pai!

Once arrived at the parking lot at the Pam Bok waterfall.

On the parking lot where you will be dropped off or you can park your scooter you don’t hear or see the Pam Bok waterfall yet. From here it’s a five minute walk along a narrow path along a stream of water (depending on the season). After a short walk you’ll arrive at two bridges, a metal bridge or a rickety wooden bridge that’s about to collapse. The choice is yours… Once you cross the metal bridge (right choice) you arrive at the waterfall. Here you still have to climb down and you can take a well deserved dip in the fresh but oh so refreshing water. We left our stuff on the rocks overlooking the waterfall.
PS in the YouTube video at the bottom of this article you can only see the wooden bridge.

Parking place of the Pam Bok Waterfall in Pai, Thailand
Walking path to the Pam Bok waterfall in Pai

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The Pam Bok waterfall

The waterfall consists of a fairly deep basin (depending on the season) which then leads you to the waterfall itself. Beware of the rocks around the waterfall as these can be treacherously slippery. By the way, it is possible to jump into the water from the surrounding rocks if the water in the basin is high enough. Because the waterhole is almost always in the shade of the rock formations, the water is quite cold but the cooling gets used quickly and is welcome during the heat of the day.

If you want to swim in the pool of the Pam Bok waterfall put on your swimwear beforehand. It is quite difficult to change clothes on the rocks around the Pam Bok waterfall.

The basin of the Pam Bok Waterfall in Pai

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During the months December to March a visit to the Pam Bok waterfall is not recommended. Regularly there is almost no waterfall to be seen or the pool in front of the waterfall is too low. The rainy season (May to October) is the best time to visit the Pam Bok waterfall. This because of an abundance of water. If a lot of rain has fallen before your visit, it is possible that the waterfall and the water basin are very brown, so unpleasant swimming water….

Average rainy days (rain/snow) in Pai, Thailand

Average monthly sunhours in Pai, Thailand

The Pam Bok waterfall in Pai



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