The Khun Korn waterfall hike is 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. In fact, visiting this waterfall was one of the main reasons why I decided to stay longer in the city.
Well, this and the Phu Chi Fa viewpoint, which you can read about here.
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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 on the end some Chiang Rai trekking tours.
So, with that in mind, the best way to get to the Khun Korn Waterfall hike trail head 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. Getting here is fairly straight forward if you follow the Google Maps pin below.
You’ll need to consider that the first stretch of the ride is on busy roads, so being confident on a motorbike in 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 near the end of the road.
Here, you’ll see a large carpark 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 carpark, indicated by a small signposted forest opening.
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Khun Korn Waterfall Entrance Fee 2020
As of January 2020, there is no entrance fee to visit Khun Korn Waterfall. This means that not only is this waterfall hike one of the best things to do in Chiang Rai, it’s also free!
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.
Thailand’s Most Impressive Waterfall?
It’s no doubt that Khun Korn waterfall is one of Thailand’s most impressive waterfalls. 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 which 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 judgement call to whether or not you can swim here.
WHERE TO STAY – ACCOMMODATION GUIDE
My Chiang Mai Accommodation: Grace Hostel
Grace Hostel was actually one of my favorite hostels in Northern Thailand. The free breakfast is great. Although it’s located a little outside of the town center, the friendly owner can drive you to the markets or bus station for free.
Highly Reviewed Guest House: SuanTung Guest House
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.
Cheapest Dorm in Chiang Rai: Bar 184 Party Hostel
Bar 184 has dorm rooms for under $5 a night, which is the cheapest you’ll find in Chiang Rai. If you’re after a party vibe at a low price, this will be the place for you. These guys also arrange motorbikes if you want one to ride to Khun Korn Waterfall.
Enjoy this guide to the Khun Korn waterfall hike in Chiang Mai, Thailand? If you’re looking for more travel guides in Chiang Mai, choose from the list below. If you want my favorite experience, check out the Phu Chi Fa viewpoint!