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Khun Korn National Park, Thailand

5Visitor Information


 slippery trail
Slippery when wet!

The best time to go if you want to experience the falls at their fullest would be towards the end of the rainy season in September or October. This is also when the insect population will be at its peak so be prepared for lots of mosquitos. In the hot dry months of April and May the water will be low but it never dries up and this is the best time for jumping in the water and it's also peak flowering season for many trees. If you want to do much walking or cycling then the cooler and drier winter months are the best. It can get close to freezing at night in November and December and even in the day in the woods it will be cool.

From Chiang-Rai, head west along Ratchayotha Rd, which becomes Highway 1211. This is the old Chiang Mai road, not the superhighway and the road is still signposted Chiang Mai. After 15 kilometers, a large sign to the left points to Khun Korn falls 11 kilometers further into the hills. Trails leading to hilltribe villages are signposted, but not always in Roman script.

Khun Korn Falls
Khun Korn Falls

A resort has recently opened just past the turn off the main road, otherwise the nearest guesthouse is back in Chiang Rai, which makes exploring the area more thoroughly difficult unless you have a jeep or motorcycle. But the area does have some intriguing possibilities, which makes it well worth the effort. If you are planning on exploring the hills, bring a packed-lunch and plenty of water. There isn’t much to eat along the way beyond the occasional stall selling noodle soup, and once in the hills, not even that.

 
 
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