The Bang Pae Waterfall in Phuket Thailand is the largest waterfall on this popular island. This 10 metre high waterfall which is one of only four located on Phuket is very popular because it provides both Thai and foreign visitors with a cool relaxing environment where they can swim, picnic or hike amongst the lush tropical landscape.
The waterfall is situated about 13 kilometres north of Phuket town within the Khao Phra Thaeo National Park which is truly beautiful, and is home to a large variety of magnificent flora and fauna species including Gibbons and Lizards, Barking Deer and Langurs.
The national park provides a rich habitat to both animal and plant species hence you will see, touch hear and smell what a jungle habitat is all about.
The area is also home to the successful Gibbons Rehabilitation Center.
Unfortunately, in Thailand many Gibbons are snatched from their mothers when they are young only to be used in the tourist hot spots by unscrupulous operators who cash in from tourists willing to pay for photo opportunities with these animals.
When the Gibbons arrive at maturity and become more aggressive they are often abandoned, hence the need for the Gibbons rehabilitation project on Phuket. There is also an elephant camp located about 3 kilometres from the Bang Pae Waterfall, which you will pass on your way in and way out. At the elephant camp you can get up close to baby elephants and also feed them for a small fee.
However, once you arrive at the car park entrance of the Bang Pae Waterfall there is a dirt pathway which cuts through the rainforest and takes you all the way to the waterfall. Once you arrive there you will notice that it is not very high, but despite this it is still quite beautiful. There is a small pool at the base of the waterfall to swim, although you will also notice people swimming in the cool water down stream from the waterfall.
The true beauty of this waterfall is that it is set
within Phuket's remaining 23 square kilometres of virgin
rainforest. An area which is said to contain over 100 species of birds and the national park's other main waterfall known as 'Tonsai Waterfall'.
There is also a popular picnic area near the waterfall or adjacent to the Bangpae Waterfall sign which is partly shaded from the sun due to the tall trees of the surrounding rainforest (see image above).
This picnic area is quite popular among Thai's who seek an alternative to the normal beach environment on Phuket and wish to take advantage of the cooler environment provided within the national park.
The Bang Pae Waterfall is located approximately 13 kilometres from Phuket town within the Khao Phra Thaeo National Park. There is a 200 Thai baht fee to enter the park. You can travel there by songtaew or taxi.
The best way to travel to Phuket is by plane or bus. Flights from Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi International Airport to Phuket's International Airport occur daily with a number of local airlines servicing the island including Nok Air, Air Asia and Thai Airways.
Being an international airport direct flights are available to Phuket from a number of countries including Australia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore and Taiwan to name a few. There are an abundance of taxi's and mini-vans located outside the Phuket airport to transport you to your hotel.
Buses to Phuket depart Bangkok's Southern Bus Terminal daily with the journey taking approximately 13 hours.