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Khao Yai Waterfall

Khao Yai Waterfall

Khao Yai Waterfall is one of the most awe-inspiring attractions in Koh Samui. But it isn’t just one waterfall: the entire place actually has 44 different waterfalls that cascade freely during the rainy season.

For many, these falls are among Thailand’s most impressive, so it’s definitely worth a visit.

Khao Yai Waterfall, Swimming, Entry Prices, Height & Hours, Koh Samui

A few waterfalls within the park stand out for its magnificence and sheer beauty. One of these is the Heo Suwat Waterfall (Namtok Heo Suwat), which falls down from a cliff that is 20 meters high. What makes this waterfall so special is that it was part of the location used to film the cult movie, The Beach, which features Leonardo Di Caprio. These falls are accessible by car and are tucked away at the very end of Thanarat Road. A viewpoint also offers a spectacular bird’s eye view of the falls.

The Kong Keol Waterfall (Namtok Kong Kaeol) is a smaller waterfall that is lovely especially during the rainy season. To get here, simply walk around 100 meters from the tourist centre. These falls are perfect for swimming especially after exploring the nearby nature trails.

The Pha Kluai Mai Waterfall (Namtok Pha Kluai Mai) is a medium waterfall that is made up of two bodies of water, both of which flow down boulders until it finally reaches the bottom. This area is unique because of the presence of the Red Dendrobium orchid, which has been used to symbolise these waterfalls. The Pha Kluai Mai Waterfall is 7 kilometres away from the tourist centre office, and can easily be reached by foot or by car.

Don’t leave without visiting the Heo Narok Waterfall (Namtok Heo Narok), which is the biggest and highest of all in the park. It features three levels, with the first being 60 meters high and water here flows to the second and third levels. It’s definitely unlike any other waterfall you’ve seen before! Just take note that the currents are extremely strong during the rainy season, so swimming is not advised. You may even be able to glimpse a few wild elephants who feed around the Heo Narok Waterfall.

Khao Yai Waterfalls is open to visitors daily from 8am to 5pm. The easiest way to get there is to book a tour or take a car or scooter. The best way to explore the park is to book with a tour company so that you don’t have to worry about anything else.

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Michael Jones

Michael created and runs the Koh Samui Travel Hub website, as well as the Holiday Point travel brand that incorporates a network of 16 location based travel information and attraction websites around Australia, Asia, and around the world.

With 25+ years of online experience and a passion for travel (having visited Koh Samui many times), Michael not only researches and writes content for the website, he also tinkers behind the scenes with the website functionality & design.

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