One of the lesser listed waterfalls near Chiang Mai, but less than an hour via moped. You absolutely cannot miss Mok Fah Waterfall, Chiang Mai!
There are two ways you can go about your adventure to Mok Fah waterfall, Chiang Mai.
The first is visiting it en route to the ever famous, Pai. It’s on the same road you’d take from Chiang Mai to Pai and is only a short detour from the main route.
Alternatively, if you’re feeling a full day of real adventure, then you could add in Sticky Waterfall (Bua Tong Waterfall) and spend the full day on one hell of an adventure outside the hustle, and bustle of Chiang Mai.
Quick Facts about Mok Fah Waterfall, Chiang Mai.
- Distance: Less than 1km
- Travel time from Chiang Mai: ~60 minutes on a moped
- Time Needed: Less than 1 hour
- Best Travel Time: If you want it to yourself, go first thing in the morning
- Difficulty: Easy
- Waterfall height: 60m
- Cost: 120 baht (100 per adult, 20 per bike)
Highs Points of the Mok Fah Waterfall, Chiang Mai
- Less known on the tourist trail.
- Quieter than some of the busier falls in Chiang Mai.
- Beautiful freefalling waterfall into the lush jungle below.
- Can add on the nature trail and visit the bat cave too.
Low Points of the Mok Fah Waterfall, Chiang Mai
- Fairly long drive from Chiang Mai on a moped
- 120 baht to get in, which seems steep for the region.
- Other than that, all good.
How to get to the Mok Fa Waterfall, Chiang Mai
The drive from Chiang Mai to Mok Fa isn’t all that exciting, but it’s relatively straight forward and there isn’t too much navigation involved. Don’t worry, you won’t have to be Shackleton to find this waterfall, but just mind those other drives on these Thai roads, or maybe that chicken, oh and that dog…
- Head North out of Chiang Mai
- Stay on the 107 heading North
- Turn left to join the 1095
- Dodge another chicken
- Turn left when after you see the signs for Mok Fah Waterfall
- Continue through the steep, windy lanes until you reach the parking
My experience at the Mok Fah Waterfall, Chiang Mai
I have been fortunate enough to see waterfalls in some of the most incredible countries in the world. Some of the most famous ‘waterfall’ countries too in Iceland, Norway, and New Zealand.
There’s something pretty cool about driving through rural Asia and finding spots like this beneath the jungle canopy.
It almost feels like it should be here, in the jungle, yanno?
It’s well worth the drive from Chiang Mai in my opinion, and you get to see more of Thailand in one day than most see in 3 weeks.
The waterfall itself is impressive and without much effort required to get there. Tie it in with the bat caves and the looped nature trail and you’ve got yourself an awesome morning outside.
Head to the waterfall first and immerse yourself in the thick jungle. The canopy high above you, and the river fast flowing beside you. You’ll see the signs for the bat cave, but wander through to the waterfall first and catch them when you double back on yourself after the waterfall.
You’ve got to get your head under the free-flowing water. Just make sure you double-tighten your shorts, as mine nearly ended up in the river below. It’s FAST!
Once you’ve taken your pictures, and not exposed yourself indecently, you can head back on the trail you came in on and cross the bamboo bridge to get to the other side of the river.
Follow the trail up and swing a left at the crossroads, this will lead you to the Bat Cave, but also to an impressive view of the falls below.
The cave is supposedly home to 200 bats, although you probably won’t see them, you’ll definitely smell them.
Once you’ve had a little exploration in the cave, head back through and stay on the trail high this will take you through amazing bamboo forests and right back to where your chariot awaits.