Nam Roo is a naturally occurring mountain spring that has been channelled into pools to make a bathing area.
Set amid a grove of tall trees the surrounds have been landscaped to create a small park with campground and the furthest pool lies just before a sharp downhill slope, thus creating an infinity pool effect. There’s a small visitor centre, showers and a couple of snack bars selling grilled sausages, chicken, sticky rice and som tam. We didn’t swim, but it made a pleasant spot to sit with some grilled north Thai sausage and cold beer.
Nam Roo is actually part of Doi Pha Hom Pok National Park, so there’s a 300 baht entrance fee, unless you’ve already paid it at the main park entrance. The fee is only applied during high season though, when things can get very busy with scout and school camping trips. The drive out is scenic though during high season, we suspect weekends may be worth avoiding.
To reach Nam Roo, the turn off is well signposted on the Fang bypass. When you see a right fork directing you to the national park, keep straight on towards Wiang Wai village. A short distance after another turn off to the left takes you a few more kilometres down a country lane to the small park. It's about 10 kilometres in all.
By Mark Ord.
The Travelfish newsletter is sent out every Monday and is jammed full of free advice for travel in Southeast Asia. You can see past issues here.