The Bang Pae Waterfall, Phuket
The Bang Pae waterfall enjoys the reputation of being the biggest and one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Phuket. It is located north of Phuket towards the east coast in Khao Phra Thaeo National Park.
The sight of the 33-foot high waterfall emerging from the centre of the forest lends it a truly breathtaking view.
Against the bright backdrop of the lush green forest, the waterfalls are in a small pond where the visitors can take a refreshing dip.
The path to the waterfall runs parallel to the stream, so you can find many fascinating places to stop by and relax.
The stream is not very deep and hence very safe for swimming even for the children. You can also find several restaurants near the car park, by the lake, and outside the entrance gates.
How to Get There?
You can get to Bang Pae waterfall by road by taking the exit heading east on the Paklok Road from the Heroines’ Monument on Thepkasattri Road, north of Phuket City.
After 9 km there is a left turn next to an elephant trekking camp. It’s best to take a taxi from within Phuket Town.
There is also an 8km trail through Khao Phra Thaeo National Park from Ton Sai waterfall to Bang Pae for people who like to be adventurous.
Best Time to visit the Bang Pae Waterfall
The best time to visit the Bang Pae waterfall is after monsoons around November when the water is flowing at full speed.
If you visit anytime between December to May, the waterfall will have a slower speed and might not look so mesmerizing as when it is at its best pace.
If you are looking for tranquillity, consider visiting the place on weekdays as it gets very crowded during the weekends. The best time would be in the late afternoon.
The Gibbon Rehabilitation Project
A significant part of the Bang Pae waterfall is the Gibbon Rehabilitation Center, an NGO run project, created more than a decade ago to rescue Gibbons.
The volunteers adopt gibbons in captivity and return them to the wild.
The centre can be found near Bang Pae waterfall. You can visit their website for more details- http://www.gibbonproject.org/. You can request the staff to have a closer look at the rescued Gibbons.
The entry fees greatly vary for locals and tourists. While locals have to pay only 20 Baht, the tourists are required to pay 10 times the same amount, which is around 200 Baht per person.
What to be Careful About
There are a few things that you must keep in mind to make your experience at the Bang Pae waterfall smooth. We are listing it down here:
1. Wear sturdy comfortable shoes to avoid falling on the slippery trail.
2. Avoid visiting the place during monsoons as the gushing water can be deemed risky for a swim.
3. If you plan to stay after sunset, carry a mosquito repellent or a bug spray to avoid getting bitten.
4. You are not allowed to carry eatables inside the park, there don’t carry anything from outside. However, there are eateries in the park where you can sit down to eat.
Where to Eat Near Bang Pae?
There are two prominent places to eat near the Bang Pae Waterfall.
1. Piang Prai Seafood
This restaurant is located at the very entrance of the waterfall. It consists of two aesthetic wooden houses surrounded by tall trees. The terrace seating offers a charming view of the lake leading to the waterfall.
Besides the serene interior, the quality of food and value for money is very good. Most dishes are around 100 to 120 baht, and the team is very friendly and soft-spoken.
Address: Namtok Bang Toei, Pa Klok, Thalang District, Phuket 83110
Opening Hours: 9 am – 8 pm
Telephone: 085 832 7439
2. Bang Pae Seafood
The Bang Pae Seafood Restaurant is located only a minutes drive from the Bang Pae Waterfall. It was awarded the ‘Bib Gourmand’ rating in the Phuket Michelin Guide. ‘Bib Gourmand’ means ‘friendly establishments that serve good food at moderate prices.’
The backdrop of the open sea makes this restaurant one of the most stunning restaurants in Phuket. The restaurant serves authentic Thai food which is excellent in taste and is also quite reasonable.
Other Waterfalls in Phuket
Besides Bang Pae, there are several other beautiful waterfalls in Phuket that you can consider visiting. Some of them are Ton Ao Yon, Kathu, Ton Sai, and Lampi. You can visit our website to find out more details about these other waterfalls in Phuket.