The Incredible Waterfalls of Thailand

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The kingdom of Thailand is popularly known as the “the land of the smiles,” no wonder as it beams with its unique treasures from beautiful temples to its natural scenic wonders. Join me as I show you some of the most amazing waterfalls only found in Thailand, a highly popular world-class travel destination.

Waterfalls can be found almost anywhere in Thailand considering that the kingdom has its fair share of tropical forests that have been largely untouched over the years. The best time to experience the breathtaking scenery of the waterfalls in Thailand is during the rainy season that starts in August through October as the waterfalls are fed with a larger volume of water.


Na Muang Waterfall, Samui Island

Of all the waterfalls in the kingdom, Na Muang outshines the rest when it comes to colorful hues in the cascading waters that glitter in the sun thanks to it unique purple colored rock face. This is a two-tiered waterfall with the lower tier having a staggering 30-meter high waterfall. The higher tier is accessible only by foot or with the local guided elephant rides, either way feel the exhilaration of being right at the precipice of Na Muang waterfall.


Hin Lat Waterfall, Koh Samui

Another popular travel destination in Samui is the Hin Lat waterfall, known for its large pools that are perfect for swimming. During the rainy season, the pools grow larger and deeper. What attracts many tourists to the site is its ease of access, which is a short 30-minute trek right from the car park in the waterfall’s main entrance.


Sai Yok Waterfall, Kanchanaburi

The Sai Yok waterfall is part of the Sai Yok National Park, an embodiment of wildlife wonders at its best. What makes the waterfall exciting is its historical value; King Rama V once bathed on the impressive pool of the Sai Yok Yai waterfalls making it a popular destination for tourists and locals.

Sai Yok Noi waterfall on the other hand is 40 km away from Sai Yok Yai but it is easily accessible; with a public bus ride you can easily reach the waterfall for a quick getaway fun. The Sai Yok Noi waterfall is popular for its breathtaking landscape.

Erawan Waterfall, Kanchanaburi

Another popular waterfall in Kanchanaburi is the magnificent seven-tiered Erawan waterfall. If you only have a short span of time to spare in your getaway travel, head straight to this waterfall as the activities in the area vary from trekking to swimming.

Be enthralled with its splendid scenery amid a backdrop of forests and cliffs and rocks that has been washed over time and formed pools with varying shapes and depths. The ambiance is purely delightful and soothing to the soul. Forget about your worries and just walk over a span of perfect trails breathing the freshest air all the while listening to the calming drops of the forever motion of the cascading waters over beautifully carved rock formations.


Khao Chamao Khao Wong Waterfall, Rayong

If you’re in for a trek, the Khao Chamao-Khao Wong waterfall near the Khao Chamao National Park headquarters is an absolutely splendid waterfall appearing as if ready to breach the sky above as you gaze upon its pristine cascading waters.

The pools at the foot of the waterfall vary in depth but most of them are good for a refreshing dip. As you soak in the clean waters let your worries flow away and relax upon the mesmerizing sound of cascading waters in constant motion.

The Khao Chamao-Khao Wong waterfall is also popular for campers and with a stretch of 3 km, getting in touch with nature has never been easier.

Mae Sa Waterfall, Chiang Mai

Many Thais consider the Mae Sa waterfall as the Chiang Mai’s iconic representation. Tourists and locals frequent the place not only for the scenic wonders but also for the cool temperature that persists in the area. As a tropical travel destination, the heat sometimes becomes a burden for travelers; the soothing climate induced by the waterfall is a very welcoming ambiance that attracts many tourists even the locals.

The waterfall is 25 km north of the popular city of Chiang Mai, known for its floating markets. So, if you happen to come from the floating markets, get ready to be amazed by the breathtaking scenery of the eight-tiered Mae Sa waterfall perfectly set against a backdrop of huge trees.


Mae Surin Waterfall, Mae Hong Son

Burried in the heart of Mae Surin National Park in Mae Hong Son is the Mae Surin waterfall, a huge single-tiered waterfall with a drop of 100 meters over a cliff and onto the huge boulders of rocks. The park is home to Thanon Tongchai mountain range, perfect for trekkers and with peaks reaching as high as 1,700 meters above sea level, cool temperature persists in the area.


Lamru Waterfall and Ton Chong Fah Waterfall, Phang-Nga

The five-tiered Lamru waterfall is located in Khao Lak-Lamru National Park fed by the waters of the Kapong canal making it a year-round travel destination. This waterfall is perfect for adventurers looking to become lost in a densely forested paradise. The quiet ambiance of the dense forest in the background and the constant soothing sounds of the waterfall result in a relaxing experience powerful enough to induce a meditative state of mind.

Another popular waterfall in Phang-Nga is the Ton Chong Fah waterfall which is also a five tiered waterfall 5 km north of the Khao Lak-Lamru National Park. It is fed by the Bang Nian canal, making it a year-round travel destination. The dense forests in the background make for an excellent getaway for adventurers.


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