5 Thailand Waterfalls You Must See In Your Lifetime
As a matter of fact, there are a few things in existence as awe-inspiring as a waterfall. The waterfall has always succeeded in capturing the imagination, and why not? It captures the vision of a river that sparkles, dashing over a high precipice. The waterfall has led early civilization to talk about gods and spirits. While it got travelers of our present civilization to reach out for their cameras. Little wonder about why a waterfall is very likely to be the main attraction of most holiday destinations.
In Thailand, one of the best ways to get in touch with nature is exploring waterfalls. You could trek through the jungle along small dirt tracks in 35-degree tropical heat. Then round it off by plunging into the deep blue water, swimming with the fishes. And finally, relax by listening to the sounds from all around the jungle. All this and more are the experience typical from a waterfall in Thailand. The question posed here is where can you find the best of these waterfalls in Thailand? Below are 5 amazing spots you can locate and experience the Thai jungle at its best.
Credits to The Lost Passport for the photo on Phu Kaeng Waterfall
In no particular order, let us start with the Phu Kaeng Waterfall in Pan. It is a nine-tiered waterfall. You can find Phu Kaeng Waterfall in the Doi Luang National Park, located 65 kilometers south of Chiang Rai.
To those ignorant of the water, the river runs through the jungle at the lower levels not giving any clues on what lies ahead. But as you approach the mountain further the trail turns into an adventurous steep. A winding mud path that can get difficult climbing in the rainy season. At the top of the mountain is where the waterfall opens up into a wide stream. It pours down through a fern tree jungle. The scene looks like that of a long lost paradise.
If you decide to explore the Phu Kaeng Waterfall, set aside a full day for it. And consider hiring a tent at the national park HQ. Spending a night out in the jungle can maximize your experience.
Erawan Falls, Kanchanaburi
I’m sure you must have heard of the Erawan falls national park in Thailand but if not let me enlighten you. It is an iconic waterfall and one of the must-see destinations in Thailand. It is about 3 to 4 hours from Bangkok.
The Erawan Falls is seven tiered and runs through the jungle of the Erawan Falls, National Park. The bottom level of the waterfall can be easily missed. It is an overcrowded picnic area, but when you go further up to the swimming pools, then it becomes worthy of your attention.
Hiking to the top level is easy and can be covered at a relaxed pace in about 3 to 4 hours. Solo travelers like to visit the waterfall by splitting a Songtaew or hiring a motorbike for the day.
Wachirathan Waterfall, Chiang Mai
This waterfall is on the tallest mountain in Thailand Doi Inthanon. And for this single reason, it is one of the well-visited waterfalls in Thailand. The Wachirathan waterfall in Chiang Mai is the biggest, with huge stream pouring over the high rocks. It stands as tall as it is wide. Compared to the thick jungle landscapes and tropical heat seen and experienced in other parts of Thailand, this waterfall is surrounded by a cool temperate forest at an altitude of about 1000 meters.
Kratengjeng Waterfall, Sangkhlaburi
Credits to The Lost Passport for the photo on Kratengjeng Waterfall
The Kratengjeng waterfall can be described as a hidden paradise. Found on the winding mountain pass by kilometer 45 highway marker from Kanchanaburi to Sangkhlaburi. Kratengjeng waterfall consists of about 9 levels in total. It stretches out over 3.5 kilometers of adventurous trekking through the jungle.
Getting far into the jungle comes with some of nature’s not-so-friendly creatures. So it is good to pack mosquito and leech repellent. Another reason for this is that malaria and dengue fever is quite common in the Sankhlaburi.
Khun Korn Waterfall, Chiang Rai
Credits to The Lost Passport for the photo on Khun Korn
The Khun Korn Waterfall is Thailand’s tallest waterfall, as it stands at a total of 70 meters. It can be located at 30 kilometers to the east of Chiang Rai town. When hiking to the waterfall from the national park main entrance, it covers 1.5 kilometers through the tall jungle. The hike can take only 30 minutes each way. The waterfall is so powerful that it creates a strong wind and sprays as far as 100 meters away.
And that concludes the 5 must-see waterfalls in Thailand. Are you planning on visiting any of these amazing waterfalls? Then don’t let the many “what-ifs” keep you up at night. A few hundred dollars on travel insurance can be a very good investment. Especially if it means being able to enjoy your trip more. Take for instance medical travel insurance. This guarantees your protection, especially when going on a trip that can be dangerous, such as hiking. You would need this as most health insurance plans don’t usually cover you outside of the country. And most foreign caregivers won’t help you until you make a deposit for their services upfront. Pick the best travel insurance before going on that trip for maximum relaxation.