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Trekking in Search of Waterfalls Near Khao Lak

We know you plan on having a blissful tropical vacation when you come to Khao Lak, but that does not mean you have to be sedentary the whole time. Getting up from your lounge chair to explore the stunning wilderness around Khao Lak is well worth it and will not disappoint. The poolside lounge chair will still be waiting for you when you return.

Hiking trips, whether to view flora or fauna will no doubt be cantered around the nearby national parks nearby. The Khao Lak area is bordered to the east by the mountains of the Khao Sok National Park, within which lie many stunning waterfalls that are calling out to be explored. Most are at their best from August – November, once the rainy season kicks in properly to make them flow.

In most cases there is a trek involved so make sure to wear insect repellent and good shoes (not flip-flops) otherwise in some cases you will not be able to reach your destination. Most waterfalls in the area are open from 08:00 – 16:30 and require a small entrance free of approximately THB 100. This can vary so it best to find out beforehand. Here we list our four favourite waterfalls:

Sai Rung Waterfall

Known locally as Sai Rung (rainbow) waterfall (pictured above), this is the most immediately accessible waterfall to Khao Lak and is situated just north of Bang Niang. It is a charming and refreshingly cool spot to spend time, particularly with a picnic. The fall is located close to the car park, making access easy for the physically challenged or those short on time. Admission is free.

Lampi Waterfall

Lampi waterfall is situated about 30 minutes south of Khao Lak just off Highway 4. This is a very charming, three-level waterfall best viewed in the early morning or late afternoon. Again, these falls are only a short walk from the car park, providing easy access for all. By the car park you will find a café/restaurant as well as a rudimentary souvenir shop. The water at the falls is deep and affords swimming in a shady spot, as such, you can expect a few people will be here, both locals and tourists.

Ton Chona Fa Waterfall

Ton Chona Fa waterfall is located seven kilometres off the main road at Bang Niang and be warned, it is a steep and hard trek along an uneven track from the car park to the actual fall, but well worth it. Thankfully the surrounding forest lends a lot of shade, but also humidity, so pack water. The five-level waterfall’s final drop has a good pool and swimming is possible, although care should be taken for hidden rocks. Bring a picnic lunch.

Ton Prai Waterfall

And last but not least, Ton Prai waterfall is a three-pronged fall reached by a challenging 650-metre trek through the jungle on a trail with helpful and informative signage along the way. Enthusiasts make their way over roots, bamboo bridges, stones and concrete paths along the way. There are plenty of good selfie spots. It is quite a drive up the hill from Highway 4 but definitely worth it. The trek is best negotiated in dry season.