Khun Korn Waterfall Hike in Chiang Rai

Khun Korn Waterfall in Chiang Rai is a majestic sight amidst the lush Thai forest. Its powerful cascade creates a refreshing mist that leaves you drenched if you walk near it.

khun korn waterfall view

Khun Korn Waterfall in Chiang Rai is one of our favorite waterfalls, thanks to its impressive scale. Standing at 70 meters, the waterfall goes directly into the pool below, generating a strong gust of wind from the force of the fall. Getting close means you’re in for a soaking from the waterfall’s mist without even setting foot in the water.

Khun Korn Waterfall Trail Details

  • Location: 📍 Khun Korn Waterfall – Google Maps
  • Hike time: 1 to 1.5 hours (out and back)
  • Distance: 3.1 km (out and back)
  • Terrain: Muddy, rocky, slippery when wet
  • Elevation gain: 300 meters
  • Hours: 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM
  • Entrance Fee: None
  • Parking: Free parking at the trail entrance
  • Facilities/Restrooms: Free Restrooms at parking lot

What to Expect When Hiking to Khun Korn Waterfall

Heading to Khun Korn Waterfall? Here’s what to expect:

  • If it’s been raining, the trail might be muddy. We went in the dry season, so it wasn’t too bad. Still, some parts are always a bit slippery, especially near the waterfall.
  • You’ll follow a river to the waterfall, with the path splitting in a few places. Both ways get you there, but one sticks close to the river, complete with bamboo bridges. Try taking different routes to and from the waterfall for variety. We suggest the riverside path for its scenery and those bamboo bridges.
  • The trail is mostly flat, with a few gentle uphill sections. It’s easy for most folks. Keep an eye out for snakes like green pit vipers, but the path is clear enough to spot them.
  • The trail is wide and well-kept, perfect for a family outing. You’ll reach the waterfall in 30-45 minutes. If you take the left path, watch out for a steep, slippery section near the end of the trail at the waterfall.
  • There’s a viewing platform by the waterfall for great photo ops without getting soaked. But if you want to get close, expect to get drenched by the waterfall’s powerful spray.

How to Get to Khun Korn Waterfall

There aren’t any tours that will take you to Khun Korn waterfall, so your only option is to arrange for your own transportation to get there.

There are 3 ways to get to Khun Korn Waterfall:

  • Rent a car/motorbike and drive there
  • Hire a Songthaew to take you there (good for large groups)
  • Hire a Tuk Tuk to take you there (good for 1-2 people)

The cheapest option is to rent a motorbike and drive there. That’s what we did.

We rented a motorbike for 300 baht and drove there. The drive took us about 50 minutes, and it was mostly on the highway.

If you’ve never ridden a motorbike before, I wouldn’t recommend this trip to be your first time since it’s kind of long and you’ll be going at high speeds on the highway.

If you don’t want to drive yourself you can hire a Tuk Tuk or a Songthaew.

A Tuk Tuk would be best for 1 or 2 people, whereas a Songthaew is good for a larger group.

The Tuk Tuk drivers in Chiang Rai seem to offer fair prices – we used a Tuk Tuk to take us to the Baan Dam Museum and Blue Temple and paid 400 baht, which is a decent price in my opinion.

Keep in mind that you can negotiate with Tuk Tuk and Songthaew drivers. Never take their first price, and if it feels like they are ripping you off, walk away – there are plenty of other drivers that you can ride with instead.

Hiking to Khun Korn Waterfall – Our Experience

After exploring Chiang Rai for a couple of days, we decided to venture further. We set our sights on Khun Korn Waterfall, making the most of Thailand’s dry season in December.

Our journey began with a motorbike rental in Chiang Rai, leading us on a 50-minute ride, primarily along a highway. The ride was pretty straightforward, and the wide road and a median made for a safe motorbike ride.

As we turned off the highway and onto a side road going towards the mountains, the landscape shifted. The ride transformed into a relaxing journey through quaint villages nestled in the countryside. It was much more peaceful than riding on the highway.

After riding through a few villages, we went through a gate with a guard shack. This marked our entry into the national park. The gate was up and we didn’t need to stop or anything, but I assume that the gate closes when the park closes for the day. If you’re planning to do the hike late in the afternoon, it would be wise to check with the guard for the gate’s closing time.

We pulled up into the parking lot and were instantly swarmed by mosquitoes. Fortunately, the mosquito swarms were confined to the parking area, and when we started walking toward the trail entrance we didn’t need to worry about them.

A short stroll from the parking lot brought us to the trailhead. Once we were on the trail, the trail split off in some areas. We chose the leftmost paths, which hugged the valley’s edge. This seemed to be the “high route” and stayed away from the river.

The hike was very straightforward. It took us about 50 minutes because we stopped a lot to take photos. It would probably take 30-45 minutes for most people.

When approaching the waterfall, the first thing we noticed was the immense power of the waterfall. The force of the waterfall sent wind and mist into the air. We couldn’t even get that close to the waterfall without getting drenched.

Even standing far from the waterfall it was hard to take a picture since the water spray would get all over our camera lens. It took a bit of planning (and lots of lens wiping) to get a good picture of the waterfall!

On our way back from the waterfall, we walked along the trail that follows the river.

We crossed a couple of bamboo bridges when going over the river.

Tips for Hiking to Khun Korn Waterfall

The hike is slippery, especially if it’s been raining

The hike is well maintained but can be muddy and slippery in some places, especially in rocky areas and inclines.

The most dangerous place is the trail near the waterfall. It gets steep near the waterfall and it can be wet and slippery from the spray from the waterfall so mind your step when you approach the waterfall.

Watch out for bugs and snakes

This area of Thailand is notorious for green pit vipers. The trail is wide enough and gets enough foot traffic to where surprisingly running into a snake isn’t a huge worry. But they still exist so keep an eye out for them and don’t go off trail.

There are also mosquitoes on the trail, we got bit a few times when we hiked it but there weren’t swarms of them like in the parking lot. If you’re susceptible to mosquitoes, cover up with long sleeves or use bug spray.

Finish your hike before the trail closes

The Khun Korn Waterfall hike is inside a National Park, so you must obey the park’s hours when starting and finishing your hike.

Most importantly, the park closes at 4:30 PM, so you should plan to be out by that time.

Trey Lewis is an outdoor enthusiast. Whether its hiking knife-edge ridges or just fishing by the river, Trey isn't afraid to get dirty in search of the next adventure.

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