Waterfalls, Ko Samui
My brother and cousin on the rocks, as we make are way to see the second waterfall. As you can see by the rocks around us, we had quite the adventurous hike to see it.
The water level was down we found out later, so the falls at the top were nothing more than a little stream. On one of my next trips to Koh Samui I will try and see this one again, and get a better idea of what it should look like.
****Be aware there is no real path to follow on these falls that we could find, so you pretty well climb until you can't go any further up the rocks.***
This was the second waterfall we climbed to see. It was quite a hike up the rocks to find out that the waterfall was little more than a trickle.
The fresh water that is bottled on Koh Samui, we were told, comes from this water source. The hike was good excercise, but the falls when we visited, were kind of a waste.
We rented scooters one day and decided to tour the island and see some of the waterfalls.
The first one on our list was Namuang waterfall. We passed by the elephant trekking to arrive near the site. After parking our scooter (20bht each), we hiked for about a half hour through some amazing jungle. It was a hot a very humid climb all the way to the top, but it was well worth it. There is a pathway that you can follow as there is no guide. However, a little care is needed in a few areas as the rocks are slick and you have to climb "ladders" in places to get to the top.
Second on the list was the Hin Lat Waterfall. It was a fairly long scooter ride to find this site, but it was a good way to see other parts of the island. There is no visible path for the climb to see this waterfall and this can make the climb a little interesting at times. Again there was no guide to see these falls. There was more rock climbing than jungle for this waterfall, but all in all it wasn't too bad. The final result was a little disappointing as the falls were quite small, the water levels were low.
These were the only two waterfalls that I managed to get to this time, but the experience and photos I got were great.
A nice place to go and get a bit away from the beach is the Na Muang waterfall. It's located aproximately 10 km from Nathon. You will have to walk a little to get there but it's worth the walk.
The waterfalls here are really nice and the lanscape surrounding them is beautiful.
Wanting to get off the beach after a few days baking, we travelled inland to see some sights. We followed the signs and a paved entrance road off the main highway that took us up to a small selection of huts and stalls selling souveniers and food. (FYI - best bar-b-que chicken - we went for seconds...) After just a few steps, we were at the base of the No. 1 waterfalls. Not so spectacular as I live close to Multnomah Falls in Oregon - however a nice way to spend the afternoon. We hiked up the 15 minutes to the No. 2 and spent a couple of minutes enjoying the thundering splashes from the waterfall all to ourselves before a group of children ran out from the jungle, jumping into water and enjoying relief from the heat.
Hold on, 'cause it's a bumpy ride! Especially when the elephants cross the first stream! Wow, what an experience, though. The 2 person seats that are perched on the elephants' backs make for a great viewpoint. If you are planning a trip, this should be one of the top activities on your list, especially if you won't be making it to northern Thailand, as it's a great opportunity to see the lush vegitation in this region. Just be sure to avoid the lower branches of trees, because this is a jungle and the bugs (ants especially) crawling around on these branches are huge!
There are two Na Muang waterfalls where Na Muang Waterfall 2 is the one to head for and the furthest away from the main road. This waterfall has been visited by several Thai kings such as Rama V and his queen, Queen Saovapa Pongsi and later by King Rama VII. King Rama IX and his queen visited in 1962.
Koh Samui's interior is a mix of dense tropical forest and large coconut plantations but there are also rough trails and two roads leading to Samui's picturesque waterfalls.
Namuang is an impressive 30 m high waterfall and it's a popular destination for picnics and swimming. It's situated 5 km from the circular coast road (motorway).
Hin Lat is smaller waterfall than Namuang and less interesting too. Both waterfalls are at their best in December and January.
The second waterfall is over 4 times higher than its sister at around 80 metres. It is in fact a double fall, both roughly 10 metres wide that can be seen on the road up to the base of the fall. The road up is easy enough, although a little steep, and parking here is free. You will be assailed though by the sellers of , elephant treks, 4X4 jeep treks and trips by jeep up to the falls. But you do have the option of walking up. These same sellers will tell you it takes over half/hour, not true... There are two routes to walk up : 1) by the same concrete road (no cover and very hot the afternoon)that the jeeps take or 2) Through the small village near the elephants and up a dirt road cut through the jungle. This second option is much the better one and takes less than 15 mins. There is one small pool at the base for refreshing yourself and another one 3/400 metres up a track and then across some boulders in the middle of the falls. This is where the vast majority of people seem to stop. I'm told there is a good pool at the very top, but because of rain the track was very slippery and I never made it up there. Because of the heat I would recommend doing this fall in the morning.
Instead of taking a tour, walk up to the waterfall yourself. It is a bit of a hike as you are literally rock climbing over the riverbed all the way up. Neither is the waterfall at the end too spectacular (Wangsaothong
Waterfall - there are a couple more waterfalls in the same area, more impressive). However, it is a great walk and exilerating to do all the climbing. The elephant trekking on the way up is good fun, but they tell you that they take you to the Waterfall and they don't !!!
The Waterfall is located a mile south of Nathon Town. It is approx. a 2 mile walk through the forest. The waterfall has several levels with a cool pool for a refreshing swim (so don't forget trunks and bikinis). In the dry season it may some seem like a bit of a trickle... Not as impressive as Na Muang waterfall.
There are a few waterfalls on Samui, they are better in the rainy seasons but by far the best one is Na Muang............heading from Lamai to Na Thon on the 4169 just past Wat Khunaram.
Here you will find tourist stalls, a car park (small charge) the waterfall and a lake that you can swim in.
The next best is Hin Lad just before Na Thon but it is very tricky to get to (by foot) and to be honest if you've been to Na Muang i wouldn't bother.
Along with it's sister waterfall no. 2n, Na Muang I is situated on the south side of the island, up a cement road off the route 4169. Very easy to get to, no problem on a scooter or 2WD. The parking lot is on private land and costs 20 baht if you only walk up to the waterfall. If you're for the elephant trek it's free (commerce, huh). From the lot an easy walk through the woods about 300 metres and you're there. Not very spectacular, but nonehteless one of the highest on the island (18 metres).
Located southwest Na Muang waterfall are a great place to visit.There are two waterfall Na Muang 1 with 18 meter high that someone can go with car and Na Muang 2 a 80 meter high waterfall that can be reached by 30 minute walk
The most famous waterfalls in Samui are Namuang 1 and 2. Namuang 1 is the easiest of the two to reach and consists of one fall, this is definitely the one to visit if you are not as agile as you used to be. Namuang Waterfall 2 (please note that entrances to the two falls are quite close to one another) is a lot more challenging but is also a lot more beautiful than number 1 having different tiers to the fall.
When visiting the falls try to wear good walking shoes that have a good grip, as the climb especially on 2 can be tough.