Budo-Sungai Padi Mountains National Park

A great spot to cool off

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What we say: 4 stars

Located 26 km to the north of Narathiwat on Route 42 en-route to Saiburi and Pattani, this small National Park is situated just to the south of Ba Cho (pronounced Bajo) at the base of a range of hills. The main attracttion here is the 60m tall Bajo Waterfall which flows through the park and is around 250m from the park office. The water cascades down a stone cliff before curling through the area, creating a series of small pools popular for wading in. You can follow a fairly strenuous trail up the left side of the falls to reach a series of better and more isolated pools -- you'll find more the higher up you go. Towards the top a weir has been constructed, creating an ideal spot for a swim. While very popular on weekends, on weekdays the park is largely deserted. While the park supposedly has a 200B admission fee for foreigners, if you're lucky they'll let you in for free. Bajo means waterfall in the local Jawi dialect.

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26km north of Narathiwat
How to get there: To reach the park, take a Pattani-bound minibus or songtheaw and jump off either at the turn off to the falls (it is well signposted) from where it is about a 2km walk, or at Ba Cho itself where you can get a motobike taxi to the falls for 30B. To return to Narathiwat, just hop on a songtheaw or bus on the other side of the road.
Last updated: 11th June, 2005

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