Bang Pae Waterfall Phuket is one of the three best known and most popular waterfalls in Phuket. There is the Layan Bay, but it isn’t considered that significant, and appealing, compared to the other 3 – Bang Pae, Kathu and Tonsai waterfalls.
The northeast of Phuket contains approximately 20 square kilometers of lush, green hills. This is the Khao Pra Taew National Park where you will also find Bang Pae falls on the east side of the hills. That said, seeing as the waterfalls are part of the Khao Pra Taew National Park, there is an entry fee. Locals pay 20 baht while foreigners pay 200 baht.
In Thailand, waterfalls seem to be a great weekend attraction. That said, don’t expect to find a big pond or lake to swim in at Bang Pae Waterfall Phuket. What you see is what you get – a lovely average size fall worth taking a picture of or standing in front of.
In order to get to larger sections of the waterfall you will have to take a hike up. Though parts of it are steep and rocky, the path is quite decent. It’s all green, lush and dense… Along the path is a little river that flows down from the hill where kids and families play and swim in the natural pools.
For a person who has never been to the jungle, a walk at Bang Pae is an experience worth exploring.
The Gibbon Rehabilitation Center is another interesting spot to check out. It’s located near the Bang Pae waterfall parking. This organization was built more than a decade ago to rescue and protect gibbons used as tourist attractions in Bangla bars or taken away from their “owners” by the police and those turned in voluntarily. If lucky, the staff there might let you see the gibbons (though they are not obliged or inclined to let you)
The Bang Pae area is perfect for day outings. You can also enjoy elephant rides, checking out the gibbons, kayaking in the mangroves as well as having lunch at the nearby restaurants.
Near Bang Pae Waterfall Phuket, there are 2 decent places you can sit and have a meal. Piang Prai – which is the easiest to get to and the Bang Pae Seafood.
This is a great local restaurant hidden in a green nest at the very entrance of the waterfall. Because of its remote location, if it’s your first time here and have you no idea of its existence, you might miss it. This place serves excellent Thai food.
Bang Pae Seafood
As the name suggest, Bang Pae Seafood restaurant serves great seafood. It has a nice view of the mangrove and the sea. This restaurant is very busy on weekends, packed with a mix of locals, expats and tourists. This restaurant boasts having both good food and a great friendly atmosphere.
To get to Bang Pae Seafood restaurant, instead of turning left to the waterfall at the elephant camp intersection, head on for about 300 meters then turn right. There will be a sign there to direct you. Keep on this small road until you reach its end.
It’s very easy to get to Bang Pae Waterfall Phuket. From Phuket town, turn right at the Heroines Monument circle and drive approximately 10 km. Focus on the left hand side as that’s where the signposts are. It’s also this side where you will find the ‘Gibbon Rehabilitation Center’. Once you get there drive another 3 km until you get to the National Park entrance!