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A Guide to the Breathtaking Waterfalls Near Khao Lak

Juli 24, 2019
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Khao Lak is surrounded by abundant mountains and lush countryside. There are also a lot of waterfalls that are worth checking out. The best time of the year to visit these waterfalls is between July and December. During these rainy months, the falls give off huge amounts of water due to the runoff from the mountains. In dry months from November to May, the waterfalls become smaller as there is less water from the rain. Some of the falls even dry up when there is drought.

Most of the waterfalls can be found inside national parks such as the Lam Ru National Park. There are entrance fees, which range from 100 to 200 Thai baht. Many of the waterfalls are easily accessible after a short trek in the jungle. When taking a trip to any of the waterfalls, make sure you bring enough water, wear closed trekking shoes, and apply insect repellent.

The waterfalls are commonly open to the public between 8:00 AM to 2:30 PM. Considering that it’s quite hot during the day in Thailand, it’s best to trek and visit the falls in the morning.

When visiting any of the waterfalls, make sure that you leave the place as clean as you came. Don’t leave any of your trash as a show of respect to the place. Furthermore, if you plan to go for a swim, be mindful of the locals. Thai people are very conservative and usually swim with their full clothes on. As respect to them, it will be best to refrain from wearing anything too revealing. Thai locals are very polite and they possibly won’t tell you off, so take the initiative and respect their culture.

Here’s a list of the top waterfalls to visit near Khao Lak.


Chong Fa Waterfall

The Chong Fa Waterfall can be found 7 KM from the Bang Niang main road. When traveling along Bang Nian, you will find a road sign for the turn to Chong Fa, which is opposite the night club Zantika. The rough road goes in for 7 KM into the mountain. Be aware of potholes, especially during the rainy season.

When you arrive at the entrance, you’ll find a small car park and the national park office. After paying your entrance fee, you can already proceed to the track leading to the waterfalls. Take note that the track is steep, so get ready to get physical.


Sai Rung Waterfall

Also known locally as Pakweep or Rainbow Waterfall, Sai Rung is the most accessible among all the waterfalls in this list. You can visit Sai Rung for free. The falls is located some 10 KM north of Bang Niang. To go there, turn right just a little past Le Meridien hotel, then turn right once more to find the parking space. The falls is just a minute’s walk from the car park.


Lampi Waterfall

Lampi is a very popular swimming spot among Thai locals. It is just a 30-minute drive from Khao Lak to the south before you reach Thai Mueang village. The three-level waterfall is within the Khao Lam Pi – Hat Thai Mueang National Park area. The main pool can be accessed from the car park after a short walk.


Ton Prai Waterfall

The Ton Prai Waterfall is situated 40 minutes south of Kao Lak. You will find a small car park before the track that leads to the waterfall. You’ll trek for about 700 meters into the jungle. Take note that the trek can be extra challenging during the rainy season.

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