Mo Paeng Waterfall is by far my favorite waterfall in Pai. This beautiful set of falls up in the hills on the outskirts of Pai has everything you need for a day of fun in the sun!
I have put together this complete guide of Mo Paeng Waterfall including how to get there and what to expect!
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WHERE IS MO PAENG WATERFALL & HOW TO GET THERE
Mo Paeng Waterfall is located 9km west of Pai. From the center of town, it’s approximately a 20-minute drive.
The best way to get to Mo Paeng Waterfall is on a scooter. Scooters can be rented for a little as 150 Baht per day from one of the many rental stores in the center of Pai.
Alternatively, some accommodations offer scooter rentals for around the same price. A money deposit or passport is generally required for insurance purposes.
If you aren’t confident with riding a scooter, you can hail a songthaew (pick-up truck with bench seats) to get from A to B. Make sure to agree on a price with the driver first before jumping in the back.
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PIN LOCATION OF MO PAENG WATERFALL
The entrance to Mor Paeng Waterfall
ARRIVING AT MO PAENG WATERFALL
There is no entrance fee to the Mo Paeng Waterfall, just park in the designated parking under the trees and from here it is less than one minute to walk to reach the base of the falls.
WHAT TO EXPECT AT MOR PAENG WATERFALL
Mo Paeng Waterfall has more than just one set of falls, in fact, there is a collective of swimming holes and two or three smaller waterfalls at this one location.
I visited the Mor Paeng Waterfall at around 8:30am after experiencing an unforgettable sunrise at the Yun Lai Viewpoint, another popular point of interest in Pai.
Mo Paeng is the closest waterfall from Pai and the most popular among tourists. Although, when I visited there was literally no one else at the falls which surprised me knowing the popularity of Mo Paeng Waterfall.
Drone shot of Mor Paeng Waterfall
Natural swimming pool at Mo Paeng Waterfall
MOE PAENG WATERFALL
I arrived at the main set of falls at Mo Paeng Waterfall which is where the trail from the carpark leads to first.
There is a shallow rock pool at the base of these falls, which aren’t that spectacular, to be honest, so don’t get your hopes up here. It was more just a flow of water running down some boulders into this a freshwater swimming hole.
However, I explored further downstream and found a larger waterfall gushing down a smooth rock surface into a more inviting rock pool at the bottom.
This is where you can find the natural water slide and the reason why many people flock to Mor Paeng Waterfall on a hot sunny day.
The forest that surrounds Mo Paeng Waterfall is green and serene and I just knew I had to fly my DJI Mavic Drone Camera to get another perspective of it all. From the air, I spotted more waterfalls and rock pools upstream so I had to go and check them out!
There are grass patches and wooden gazebos which is the perfect setting to laze around and lose a few hours at Mo Paeng Waterfall if you have the time. If you are traveling solo, it’s the perfect spot to meet and hang out with some other travelers!
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Mo Paeng Waterfall in Pai
More sets of falls at Mor Paeng Waterfall
BEST PLACES TO STAY IN PAI
Pai has hundreds of accommodations to choose from, so I have narrowed it down to a few of the best places to stay in Pai to suit the needs of budget backpackers and luxury travelers. See the list of accommodations below that I personally recommend:
Luxury: Pai Island Resort
This is one of the best 5-star accommodations in Pai with a dreamy setting in the forests. Featuring a pong, well-kept gardens, restaurant and bar, free wifi and airport shuttle services. Each Suite is fitted with fine beddings and furnishings, gardens, patios, minibar, air conditioning and outdoor bathtub. Recommended for couples, families and friends.
Mid Range: Rim Pai Cottage
Rim Pai Cottages are 3-star accommodations framed by beautiful mountains and the Pai River. Centrally located on Pai’s famous walking street, this property features a restaurant, infinity pool and free wifi. Choose from a double room, family room, villas or a suite, each fitted with air conditioning, tea/coffee facilities, comfortable beds, private bathroom and flat-screen tv. Perfect place to stay in Pai for couples, families and friends!
Budget: Spicy Pai Backpackers
Spicy Pai Backpackers is the most popular budget accommodation in Pai. Great place to stay for solo travelers, couples and friends! This property is surrounded by mountains and rice fields, featuring a common area, communal kitchen and free wifi. Choose from either a dorm room, private bungalow or a quadruple king size room with bed linen and towels. A complimentary breakfast is also included for all guests!
FOR ALL OTHER PLACES TO STAY IN PAI, SEARCH ON AGODA OR SEARCH ON BOOKING.COM
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Another option for accommodation in Thailand is to stay at an Airbnb, which generally has some great deals in Thailand.
MY CAMERA GEAR
• DSLR Mirrorless Camera: Sony A7ii
• Drone Camera: DJI Mavic Pro 2
• GoPro: GoPro Hero 8 Black
• Everyday Lens: Sony F2.8 24/70mm
• Camera Bag: Lowepro Protactic 31L
• Selfie Stick: Sandmarc Metal Edition 1.2m
• Tripod: Joby Flexible GorillaPod
• GoPro Dome: Underwater GoPro Dome
• Power Bank: Anker Powerbank
• External Hardrive: WD Elements 4TB
WHAT TO PACK FOR THAILAND?
• Waterproof Phone Case: Universal Waterproof Case
• Reusable Water Bottle: Hydro Flask Water Bottle
• Rain Jacket: North Face Rain Jacket
• Water Shoes: Slip-on Water Shoes
• Day Bag: Nomatic 20L Day Bag
• Power Adapter: Universal Power Adapter
• Packing Cubes: 4 Set Packing Cubes
• Microfibre Towel: Quick Dry Travel Towel
• Travel Insurance: World Nomads Travel Insurance
• Money Belt: Hidden Money Belt
I hope you enjoyed reading this article and If you have any questions about Mor Paeng Waterfall, please drop me a comment below and I will get back to you as soon as I can!
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