Mork Fa Waterfall (Namtok Mork Fah)

Doi Suthep-Pui National Park, Chiang Mai Province, Thailand

Rating: 3     Difficulty: 1.5
Mork Fa Waterfall

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INTRODUCTION

The Mork Fa Waterfall took Julie and I by surprise because prior to our trip, we had never heard of it during our trip research so we didn't have much expectation of our visit. I somehow had this preconceived notion that it was going to be a dinky waterfall. But once we looked upon the real thing, we were impressed with its size and segmented characteristic.

We've been told that this one falls 60m (though we think it was more like 30-40m) and flows year round. However, given the amount of overgrowth around the falls, we never really got a totally clean look at it, which might cause us to underestimate its overall size. In any case, for a waterfall that we had never heard of going into our trip to Thailand, we shared this waterfall with many people as it sure seemed to be quite a busy place.

From the car park, we walked along a shady, mostly flat, forested trail. A little over half-way to the main waterfall, we noticed a much smaller waterfall that was signposted as the Ob Noi Waterfall. There was a short spur trail leading closer to this one, but I don't think we lingered too long once we got as far as we could go on the short detour.

Once we got to the main waterfall, we had to contend with obstructions by both cliff and trees that conspired to keep the falls from being completely visible from the trail (though we were still able to see most of it). So we went beyond the official end of the trail, crossed the stream, and went right up to the side of the waterfall where we got some decent profile views. We tried to get direct views, but it was too misty to get clean photos.

We saw a few people swimming or cooling off here. And I'd imagine more people would do this had it been a warmer time of year. However, we were here in late December, which was well into Thailand's much cooler Dry Season.

Given the inexact mappings of Thai-pronunciations into the Romanized alphabet, we've also seen this waterfall spelled as Mok Fah, Mok Fa, or Mork Fah. I even saw one website call this the Tad Mork Fah waterfall. Since I don't know Thai, I can't shed any light about what any of this means.

All in all, we spent roughly 45 minutes, which encompassed the hiking, the short detour to the Ob Noi Waterfall, and all the picture-taking.




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PHOTO JOURNAL

This is the view of the Mork Fa waterfall right at its base, which had enough mist thrown up to create a little rainbowThis is the view of the Mork Fa waterfall right at its base, which had enough mist thrown up to create a little rainbow
Roughly an hour drive west of the Mork Fa Waterfall is the Pong Dueat Geyser, which also featured some thermal spas as well as accommodations.  It was a very busy and popular place during our visit.Roughly an hour drive west of the Mork Fa Waterfall is the Pong Dueat Geyser, which also featured some thermal spas as well as accommodations. It was a very busy and popular place during our visit.
The summit of Doi Suthep was where we managed to get this view over Chiang Mai as well as experience another one of Thailand's important heritage and religious sitesThe summit of Doi Suthep was where we managed to get this view over Chiang Mai as well as experience another one of Thailand's important heritage and religious sites
Roughly 1-2 hours drive south of Chiang Mai was the town of Lampang, which also had an important heritage site like the Wat Phra That Lampang Luang among othersRoughly 1-2 hours drive south of Chiang Mai was the town of Lampang, which also had an important heritage site like the Wat Phra That Lampang Luang among others
The car parkThe car park

Starting on the hike to the Mork-Fa WaterfallStarting on the hike to the waterfall

Hiking on the trail to the Mork-Fa WaterfallHiking on the trail to the falls

The Ob Noi Waterfall along the wayThe Ob Noi Waterfall along the way

This was about as close as we were able to get to the Ob Noi WaterfallThis was about as close as we were able to get to the Ob Noi Waterfall

View of Mork Fah Waterfall from the very end of the trailView of Mork Fah Waterfall from the very end of the trail

Signs telling us that we were at the end of the trailSigns telling us that we were at the end of the trail

At this point we had to scramble in order to get beyond the obstructions and see more of the Mork-Fa WaterfallAt this point we had to scramble in order to get beyond the obstructions and see more of the waterfall

Profile view of the falls avoiding its mistProfile view of the Mork Fa Waterfall avoiding its mist

Our last look at the Mork-Fa WaterfallOur last look at the Mork-Fa Waterfall

Dipping our feet in the geothermally heated waters of Pong DueatDipping our feet in the geothermally heated waters of Pong Dueat. This was one of the benefits of visiting this thermal reserve.

In addition to the geothermal features, it was also possible to stay at Pong DueatIn addition to the geothermal features, it was also possible to stay at Pong Dueat


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VIDEOS OF THE FALLS


Sweep from bottom to top of the tall, but busy waterfall


Zoomed in sweep from the base of the falls to its top with hint of a rainbow at its base


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DRIVING DIRECTIONS

From what we were able to tell as we were driven here on an escorted tour, we went north of the city of Chiang Mai until we got to Mai Malai-Pai Road. Then, we continued until Km. 20 where we turned left into a dirt road and took it for another 2km to the car park.

Overall, the Mork Fa Waterfall was around 70km away from Chiang Mai city. It took us roughly 80 minutes to get there from Chiang Mai.

Another thing worth noting was that about an hour to the west of the falls was the Pong Dueat Thermal Area. Here, there were hot springs that were both in use as well as boiling ones that could only be looked at.

Chiang Mai was in Northern Thailand roughly 700km north of Bangkok. It would take around 9 hours to drive or a little over an hour to fly between the cities.




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ITINERARIES

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TRIP REPORTS

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