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Timings : 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Time Required : 2-3 hours

Entry Fee : Included in the entry fee for Kaeng Krachang National Park
Adult: THB 300, Child: THB 200

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Pa La-U Waterfall, Hua Hin Overview

Situated in the southern part of Thailand’s largest national park, Kaeng Krachang National Park, the Pala-U Waterfall is an alluring 16-level waterfall that attracts countless tourists every year. This natural wonder is an ecotourism hotspot nestled within a tropical rainforest that is estimated to be 1000 years old. The Pala-U Waterfall is among the largest waterfalls in the country and a haven for nature lovers. From taking a deep in the crystal clear water to enjoying the panoramic view from the top levels, there are plenty of fun things to do at the enchanting falls.

Breathe in the fresh air in this rain forest and explore the different levels of Pala-U Waterfall for an unforgettable experience. Visitors can climb up to the different levels of the waterfall, swim in the freshwater, feed fish, and enjoy the sight of dense forests boasting a vast variety of flora and fauna. Everyone from nature lovers, adventure seekers to avid photographers can have once in a lifetime experience at this picturesque place. The stunning scenery of the majestic waterfall, lush green forest, and the native wildlife makes this place immensely popular with travelers visiting Thailand.

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Exploring the Pala U Waterfall

Pala-U Waterfall
The scenic Pala-U (Source)

The Pala-U Waterfall has 16 levels. However, due to safety reasons, the top levels are off-limits and visitors are only allowed to climb up to the 5th level of the waterfall. The 3rd level of Pala-U is a crowd favorite as it boasts a large deep pool where one can enjoy swimming in cool deep water and indulge in unique experiences like feeding the fishes. The path leading to the levels above is steep and can be difficult and dangerous for children, elderly, or individuals with serious health conditions. The water at every level is refreshing and pools are full of fish. Carry fish food to feed these curious creatures.

Tips

  • Carry snacks and drinking water.
  • Dress comfortably and carry a change of clothes. 
  • Keep cash in hand to buy fish food.

How To Reach Pala-U Waterfall

Pala-U Waterfall is part of Kaeng Krachang National Park, located approximately 60 km west of Hua Hin. One can either take a private taxi from Hua Hin or book a guided tour. A round trip in a regular taxi from Hua Hin City to Pala-U Waterfall in Kaeng Krachang National Park may cost you around THB 1700-1800. Meanwhile, a minivan with a capacity of seating 7-9 people may cost THB 2500 or more for a round trip. As the waterfall is located close to the Myanmar border, one will encounter checkpoints en route. The Pala-U Waterfall is at the southern tip of the national park and can be reached by hiking through the trails.

Best Time to Visit

Though the Pala-U Waterfall is open for tourists all year long, the best time to visit is from November to April. During these months, the weather is favourable for exploration. Also, one will be able to spot a variety of butterflies that grace the Pala-U Waterfall at this time of the year. From June to October, the waterfall and the area nearby experiences severe rainfall making the path slippery and dangerous for trekking.

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