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17/07/30_Hike Report_Mok Fa Waterfall Circular Hike


Looking at the positives, we had an excellent swim at a beautiful waterfall that provided wonderful photo opportunities on Sunday. It was also a great day for walking, with no rain.

However, we did not have a successful hike due to the policies at this particular national park.

The lesson learned was that if you do intend to go hiking at Mok Fa waterfall, make sure to arrange for and reserve a national park guide in advance, otherwise the park rangers will not permit you to walk on any trails other than the short trail to the waterfall because it is “dangerous”. You can however walk on these trails if you have a national park guide, but there are not too many guides (particularly on Sunday which seems to be a busy day with visitors to the falls), so they have to be arranged for in advance.

It should also be noted that the park officials do not speak English, so arranging for national park guides will have to be done by someone with Thai language skills (thank you Bus and Yada!). Furthermore, the entrance fee for foreigners is now 100 baht for everyone, regardless of whether or not you have a local driving license.


We will try this hike again with a national park guide on August 13, so hope to see you again then. If all goes well, we will have a lovely hike followed by a refreshing swim.


One Response

  1. Hate to say it, but you just need to proceed when no one is watching. Multiple times I’ve been stopped behind Wat Prathet Doi Suthep on my way to Nam Tok Sai Yoi because “(I) need a guide because it’s dangerous”. As for the fee, Bt100 is reasonable; Mae Sa and even Mon Tha Than are Bt400!

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