While Koh Phangan is often only famed for its wild Full Moon Parties, it actually offers peaceful beaches, natural waterfalls and lush jungles that are just begging to be explored. Whether you book a waterfall day trip to explore these natural wonders or simply hire a moped and set out for a day of discovery on your own, you’re sure to have an amazing time getting back to nature and seeing what else Koh Phangan has to offer. Here are five of our favorite waterfalls on Koh Phangan so you have some ideas of where to start.
Located in the heart of the island, Phaeng Waterfall is perhaps the island’s most impressive and therefore most famous waterfall. Situated in the Thansadej National Park, the Phaeng Waterfall actually comprises of two sections Phaeng Noi (small) and Phaeng Yai (big). Which one you see depends on how much time you have and how adventurous you’re feeling.
Phaeng Noi is really easy to get to and can be found just 50m into the entrance of the park, this is the smaller section and has a pool where you’ll want to take a dip on your way back. If you’re feeling ready, take the steep, sweaty, 250m trek to reach Phaeng Yai. Here you’ll be greeted by a powerful waterfall that flows down the cliff-face between a plethora of lush vegetation.
Despite being the largest waterfall on the island, the Phaeng Waterfall can still dry up towards the end of the dry season. It’s best to check with your hostel to see if they know about the recent weather and whether they think the waterfall will be flowing or not.
If you want to continue your jungle hike, carry on to the Dom Sila viewpoint and perhaps onwards further still until you reach Khao Ra at the top (the island’s highest point). This offers a wonderful lookout over the island and ocean.
Paradise Waterfalls aka Nam Tok Phaeng is a fun section of waterfalls that attracts both locals and tourists alike. It is located along the Chaloklum Road and is just five minutes on from Phaeng Waterfall.
Again, there are two sections of Paradise Falls, one main pool at the bottom (which is where all the fun is to be had!) and the actual waterfall itself, located 40 minutes further into the jungle. The main pool can be accessed to the right of the Kika Splace restaurant and is often filled with local kids playing Tarzan on the rope swing that hovers over the pool. Watch as they do jumps and flips into the water and perhaps have a go at flinging yourself in the pool to cool off too!
Sramonara Falls plays host to the famous Koh Phangan jungle parties but it can also be visited during the day, albeit for a completely different experience!
From Baan Kai, walk north on the small road opposite Yam’s Kitchen or drive a moped to the Falls car park where you will begin your journey to the waterfall and pool. The walk to the falls is around 500m from the car park and meanders through rich jungle vegetation. When you reach Sramonara Falls, spend your day relaxing in the cool waters and the jungle shade.
If you visit at night for the techno jungle party, make sure you check out the beauty of the falls by moonlight!
Wang Sai Waterfall
Despite being signposted around the southern part of the island, Wang Sai Waterfall is still a relatively quiet spot so (depending on when you visit), you may be lucky enough to have the beauty of the waterfall all to yourself!
Wang Sai is slightly different to the other falls in that it flows over a collection of large boulders. It, therefore, features a number of falls and pools on the way down to the largest pool at the bottom. In the wet season, Wang Sai makes for some gorgeous long exposure photographs!
As it is still fairly untouched there are no facilities available here, so bring some water and snacks to keep you going.
Than Sadet Waterfall
Last, but by no means least, we have Than Sadet Waterfall. Another beautiful rock formation, Than Sadet flows over a distance of around 3km so you can wander along the whole falls, stopping to choose the spot that suits you best. The waterfall comprises of a number of falls and pools and therefore rarely feels overcrowded.
The falls can be reached from the Haad Thaan Sadet beach so when you’ve finished enjoying the pools you can head back to the beach for some more relaxation.
Than Sadet was even visited by the Royal Family in 1988 and retains an inscription left by King Rama V!
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