Khun Nan National Park

Doi Phukha’s less popular neighbour

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What we say: 3.5 stars

Just outside of Bo Kleua, Khun Nan National Park boasts several nature trails and waterfalls -- and almost no information in English.

You can reach the park's highlight, Sapan Waterfall easily without having to pay the Park’s entrance fee. A short drive up the highway from the main park entrance will bring you to a small side road with good, visible signs for Sapan Waterfall. Once you drive through the nearby village, you must then embark on a short but very pleasant jungle walk, part of which is actually paved and has legitimate stairs. Once the concrete path ends, continue along the dirt trail for about 100 metres and you will reach the falls, located in a small clearing in the jungle.

Sapan Waterfall itself is about 5 metres high and very beautiful, falling into a pool that is deep enough to swim in, though very cold, even in the hot season. There are a few trails that span out from the waterfall, and plenty of places to sit, relax, sunbathe, or enjoy some food by the water.

The waterfall is easily accessible and well worth the walk through the jungle to see, even if you’re only passing through the area.

Much smaller than the more popular Doi Phukha NP, Khun Nan is also much cheaper, and foreigners can enter for the bargain fee of 100 baht. Accommodation is also cheaper, as camping will only set you back 150 baht a night, so it represents a legitimate bargain alternative to sleeping at one of the resorts in Bo Kluea town if your budget is especially tight.

More details
5km north of Bo Kluea town
How to get there: Head north on 1081. The park is 5 km out of town on the right.
Last updated: 12th July, 2012

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  • A real gem

    14th December, 2012

    Khun Nan national park offers some very easy walking trails from the park headquarters, which are in a delightful park like setting. One of the best walks is following a small stream and then heading up to the lookout over Ban Saphan, a spectacular view towards the Laos mountain ridge. The park is very little visited, but makes a great alternative to Doi Phu Kha and its crowds in the cool season.

    Khun Nan National Park reviewed by robdale (1)
    Written on 14th December, 2012, rated 4 out of 5. Visited here in November, 2012

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