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.
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. Getting here is fairly straightforward 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 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 near the end of the road.
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.
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!
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.
Khun Korn - 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 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.
Where to Stay in Chiang Rai
Looking for a great accommodation pick near Chiang Rai? Here are three options for every budget.
- Best Luxury Pick: The Riverie by Katathani - 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.
- 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.
- Epic Hostel: Get Hi Hostel with a 9.9/10 rating with hundreds of reviews, this might be the top-rated hostel in Thailand. Get Hi is a great jungle social hostel in Chiang Rai for young adult travelers who want to meet people and have fun.
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