Bang Pae Waterfall
Bang Pae waterfall (Bangpae waterfall) is one of the best-known waterfalls in Phuket. In total, there are only three significant waterfalls on the island itself: Bang Pae, Kathu Waterfall and Tonsai Waterfall, maybe four if you include a tiny one near Ao Yon Beach.
Two are in the same east Phuket area and both are part of a National Park which means that an entry fee is requested. The entry fee has long been a big discussion topic as locals pay 20 baht and tourists will have to pay 200 baht. In a way, it’s not illogical when you know the average salary of most Thais.
Bang Pae waterfall is easy to reach, easy to park and doesn’t require a long or hard walk. On the way, you will probably see Thai teens and families playing in the stream.
Waterfalls in Thailand always seems to be a great weekend attraction. Here you won’t find a big pond or lake to swim in, just a nice average size waterfall worth a photo. The nearest larger waterfall good for bathing would be in Phang Nga or Khaosok. Just next to the parking you can take a break at a few local restaurants selling also lots of drinks.
Another interesting feature near Bangpae waterfall parking is the ‘Gibbon Rehabilitation Center‘ created more than a decade ago to rescue gibbons used as tourist attractions in Bangla bars. You might ask to see the Gibbons, but the staff there are not very inclined to let you.
How to Get to Bang Pae Waterfall
On the way to the airport (coming from Phuket Town), turn right at the ‘Heroines Monument’ circle and drive around 10 km. Keep your eyes on the left-hand side, it is quite clearly indicated, together with the ‘Gibbon Rehabilitation Center’. Then drive another 3 km and you will find the National Park entrance.
Open: 8 am – 4.30 pm
Phuket 83110 (Khao Phra Thaeo National Park)