Sitting at the junction of Mae Nam Klong and Huay Um Phang, Um Phang (อุ้มผาง) is a remote village populated mostly by Karen. Many of the Karen villages in this area are quite traditional, and elephants are a common sight, especially in Palatha, a traditional Karen village 25km south of Um Phang. Yaeng (elephant saddles) and other tack used for elephant wrangling can be seen on the verandahs of the houses in this village.
Yet the majority of visitors come to Um Phang for nature, not culture. The area borders the Um Phang Wildlife Sanctuary, a popular destination for rafting and hiking that is also home Nam Tok Thilawsu, the largest waterfall in Thailand.