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Khun Korn Waterfall Hike in Chiang Rai, Thailand

Khun Korn Waterfall Hike in Chiang Rai, Thailand

Olly Gaspar

By Olly Gaspar, full-time traveler for 6 years. I visit every place I write about & share real tips, photos, & advice from my trips.

Discover the Khun Korn waterfall hike– a short trek up a jungle valley to one of Thailand’s most impressive waterfalls.

Khun Korn waterfall is located only a short ride from Thailand’s northernmost city, Chiang Rai. In my opinion, visiting this waterfall is one of the best things to do in Chiang Rai.

Being a 3km round trip this is the perfect length for those looking to explore the jungle with a refreshing swim at the end.

In fact, visiting this waterfall was one of the main reasons why I decided to stay longer in the city.

How to get to Khun Korn Waterfall

Since the Khun Korn waterfall hike is a little bit out of the city, there aren't many standard tour groups that visit this waterfall. In saying that, there are a few groups that visit here as an additional stop at the end of some Chiang Rai trekking tours.

So, with that in mind, the best way to get to the Khun Korn Waterfall hike trailhead is to rent a motorbike in Chiang Rai and ride here yourself.

Your destination will be the Khun Korn Forest Park, located approximately 40 minutes from Chiang Rai city.

Google Maps location: Khun Korn Forest Park

The first stretch of the ride is on busy roads, so being confident on a motorbike on Thai roads is a must. After about 30 minutes of riding, you'll turn onto a winding forest road, which you'll need to follow all the way.

Here, you'll see a large parking lot and a quaint little restaurant where you can refuel after the hike. The trailhead to the Khun Korn Waterfall hike is roughly 50 meters up from this parking lot, indicated by a small signposted forest opening.

Map of khun korn waterfall

Khun Korn Waterfall Entrance Fee

There is no entrance fee to visit Khun Korn Waterfall!

This means that not only is this one of the best waterfalls in Chiang Rai, but it's also free!

Tip: Wear appropriate footwear on this hike as it can be slippery near the waterfall.

Khun korn waterfall chiang rai

The Khun Korn Waterfall Hike

Once you hit the trailhead, it's only a short 1.5-kilometer hike until you reach the waterfall. The path is relatively flat, passing soaring bamboo forests and scattered banana trees.

At the end of the trial. you'll need to make a quick ascent down to the valley floor where you can get in and amongst the waterfall and shallow swimming pool.

Tip: The best time to visit is early morning before the crowds.

Bamboo on the khun korn forest park track chiang rai
Khun korn forest park track chiang rai
Bamboo forest trail to Khun Korn

Khun Korn - Thailand's Most Impressive Waterfall

There's no doubt that Khun Korn waterfall is one of Thailand's most impressive waterfalls. Unlike its competitor waterfalls Huay Kaew Waterfall & Mae Sai Waterfall the huge, 70-meter plunging waterfall rips through the upper jungle plateau and crashes down into a shallow but swimmable freshwater pool.

At the base of the waterfall, there is a flowing run-off that wraps around several large boulders. We sat here for about an hour enjoying the scene and trying to snap some shots.

Depending on the season, Khun Korn waterfall could potentially become a dangerous place to visit, particularly after excessive downpours. You'll need to make your own judgment call as to whether or not you can swim here.

Good to know: Don't swim when the waterfall is gushing hard or after heavy rain as it can be dangerous with the chance of debris coming over the top.

Khun korn waterfall chiang mai thailand
Khun korn forest park waterfall chiang mai
View of Khun Korn Waterfall and the end of the hike

FAQ About Khun Korn Waterfall

How do I get to Khun Korn Waterfall?

The best way to get to Khun Korn Waterfall is by renting a motorbike in Chiang Rai and driving to Khun Korn Forest Park, about 40 minutes away from the city. The journey involves a mix of busy roads and a winding forest path leading to a parking area near the trailhead.

Is there an entrance fee for Khun Korn Waterfall?

No, visiting Khun Korn Waterfall is completely free. This makes it an excellent option for travelers looking to explore Chiang Rai's natural beauty without spending extra.

Can I swim at Khun Korn Waterfall?

Swimming at Khun Korn Waterfall is possible, but caution is advised, especially after heavy rain. The pool at the waterfall's base can become dangerous with strong currents and debris. Always assess the conditions on arrival to decide if it's safe to swim.

Where to Stay in Chiang Rai

Looking for a great accommodation pick near Chiang Rai? Here are three options for every budget.

Aerial views over the riverie by katathani

1. The Riverie Luxury

Nestled on the island in the middle of the Kok River, The Riverie by Katathani offers luxurious rooms surrounded by lush gardens and amazing views.

Bedroom layout at suantung coffee & guesthouse

2. SuanTung Guest House Top-Reviews

This is one of the highest-rated budget guest houses in Chiang Rai. It’s super central, only a few minutes walk to the night market and the clocktower and the bus station.

Baan mai kradan hostel located in chiang rai

3. Baan Mai Kradan Budget

With a 9.2/10 rating with hundreds of reviews, this might be the top-rated hostel in Thailand. Get Hi is a great social hostel in Chiang Rai for young adult travelers who want to meet people and have fun.

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