Koh Samui Waterfalls
The island of Koh Samui is rich in nature and therefore offers many waterfalls. However, most visitors only know the two famous waterfalls Na Muang 1 and 2. We want to change that fact with this article, because Koh Samui has many beautiful waterfalls that are worth a visit.
Na Muang Waterfall 1
At the ring road near the Wat Khunaram you will find a sign to the Na Muang Waterfall. Just shortly after the Waterfall 2 sign, heading west on the ring road. The 18 meter high Na Muang Waterfall 1 is very easy to reach from the car park through a short way to walk and has no entry fee. The parking fee for a motorbike is 0,20 Baht and for a car 0,40 Baht. On site you will find a large natural pool where you can swim in and on the way you will pass many stalls selling food as well as drinks. The Na Muang waterfalls are famous amongst tourists, so in high season it could get busy around them, but usually it’s still peaceful and calm with all the jungle surroundings.
Google Maps Location: Na Muang Waterfall 1
Na Muang Waterfall 2
The entrance of the Na Muang Waterfall 2 is also located directly on the southern part of Koh Samui’s ring road. A sign directing to the Waterfall 2 and Na Muang Safari Park will lead you the way. You can either leave your scooter at the Na Muang Safari Park and take an off-road jeep for 100 THB per person, to the path at the waterfall or just turn right at the Safari Park and follow the road up. You can park directly in front of the entrance. The parking fee is 0,30 Baht for a motorbike and 0,40 Baht for a car. To reach the 80 meters high Na Muang Waterfall 2 you will have to hike a bit through the jungle and cross bamboo bridges. There is a small shop as well as a natural pool on site. But if you go further up, you have to be careful, because the stones can be quite slippery. It’s better to wear shoes then flip flops. By the way, there is no entrance fee to visit the Waterfall 2.
Google Maps Location: Na Muang Waterfall 2
Hin Lad Waterfall
About two kilometers outside of Nathon you can find the Hin Lad Waterfall in the middle of the jungle. It is not as well known as the Na Muang Waterfall, but especially during or after the rainy season very nice to visit. To get to the Hin Lad Waterfall, you have to hike about 20 to 30 minutes through the jungle, so don’t forget to take some water with you. The path is quite clear and you will pass a small restaurant and shop on the way. By the way, at the beginning of the path there is a kind of natural pool and the Namtok Hin Lad temple, which you can also visit. Although it’s not a famous waterfall with tourists, it can get crowded during weekends when Thai families come for a picnic.
Google Maps Location: Hin Lad Waterfall
Zong Raue Waterfall
Located at the Skyhawk Adventure between Nathon and Bang Por you can find the Zong Raue Waterfall, sometimes also written as Zong Ruea. This waterfall is actually only nice to see if you come during or just after the rainy season. In the dry season it mostly may be only rocks. It is easy accessible by road and you can park your scooter at an empty and abandoned house. You can then walk to the small Zong Raue Waterfall within a couple of minutes on paved sidewalks. But don’t be disappointed, the waterfall is one of the smaller ones, but the surroundings in the middle of a fruit plantation make up for that.
Google Maps Location: Zong Raue Waterfall
Tan Rua Waterfall
This is the third largest waterfall of Koh Samui and because it’s hidden in the jungle often referred to as Secret Falls. You can access the Tan Rua Waterfall from the north of the island via the town of Maenam. The road called Maenam Soi 5 leads near the waterfall and is made from concrete, but the last couple of hundred meters you will have to walk through the jungle. Not many tourists visit the Secret Falls, which makes it mostly calm and adventurous. At the bottom of the waterfall is a natural pool for swimming, otherwise there are only trees surrounding you and nothing else. A great place to discover Samui’s nature off the beaten path.
Google Maps Location: Tan Rua Waterfall
Lat Wanon Waterfall
The Lat Wanon is a more hidden waterfall. It is situated in the jungle of Lipa Noi. The road is easily accessible by car or scooter, but you will have to hike for about 20 minutes to reach the Lat Wanon Waterfall. If you expect a high waterfall you will be disappointed, because actually the Lat Wanon would be called rapids. It’s flat with a lot of boulders, but carries at least during rainy season a lot of water. At the base of the waterfall is a natural pool to cool off in the heat of Koh Samui. Most probably you will have the Lat Wanon all to yourself as tourists barely visit this waterfall.
Google Maps Location: Lat Wanon Waterfall
Tar Nim Waterfall
The Tar Nim Magic Garden, also known as Secret Buddha Garden, is the home of the Tar Nim Waterfall. The Garden is a private estate and has an entrance fee of 80 Baht per visitor. To reach it just follow the signs to the Secret Buddha Garden from the ring road. The entrance is just opposite the Wat Khunaram. The road that leads to the garden is well paved, so easy to reach by scooter. On site there is not only a waterfall, but a lot of mystic and Buddhist statues surrounding the waterfall, which makes a nice atmosphere. Also you can buy refreshments or souvenirs at the Tar Nim Magic Garden. This sight is also visited by organized island tours, which means if you arrive at the same time as the tours it can be quite crowded. Don’t worry though, usually it isn’t.
Google Maps Location: Tar Nim Waterfall
Khow Yai Waterfall
This waterfall is located on the same road as you go up to the Tar Nim Magic Garden. You will find some signs along the way pointing you to the Khow Yai Waterfall. On site there is parking with an entrance fee of 20 Baht. Not many people are visiting this waterfall, so you probably will have it all to yourself. To get to it you have to hike into the jungle across some boulders and steps, which can be slippery, but don’t worry it’s not that hard. If you continue your way up you will pass a statue of a girl. Nobody knows about the statue, which makes it kind of a mystery. When you arrive at the Khow Yai Waterfall you can take a break, dip your feet in the ice cold water and enjoy the lush nature around you.
Google Maps Location: Khow Yai Waterfall
Khun Si Waterfall
The Khun Si Waterfall is not very well visited, since it’s harder to get there. It is located near the Khun Si Viewpoint, which offers a nice view at the northern coast with the town of Maenam. To get there take the short cut road from Maenam to Lamai through the mountains. Shortly after the tree top zipline there will be a road fork and you have to turn right onto the dirt road. When the road turns left on the end take the right exit towards the Khun Si Viewpoint. From there you can walk the rest of the way and a small sign will let you know when you arrive. The Khun Si Waterfall is nestled in lush jungle surrounded with durian plantations. Once at the waterfall you can discover the rapids or cool off in the natural pool. Mostly you will be the only visitor.
Google Maps Location: Khun Si Waterfall
Deep in the mountains of Koh Samui the Tartain Waterfall is one of the hidden gems of the island. To get there follow the sign to the Secret Buddha Garden at the ring road and afterwards look out for signs to the Tartain Waterfall. The way isn’t well paved or anything, which means the road can be bumpy and only experienced drivers should do that one their own. At the end you will have to walk a couple of minutes to see the starting point. On site you have to pay a fee of 150 Baht to the friendly owners and they will equip you with a free drink and some walking sticks for the way through the jungle. It’s a tough way, but you will find signs to help you to not get lost. Enjoy the waterfall as well as the natural pool before you head back. You can make another stop at the mini park of the lovely owner Mr. Tartain with bamboo huts, hammocks, some refreshments and a chat.
Google Maps Location: Tartain Waterfall
With all those waterfalls you still not cover every waterfall on Koh Samui. There are a few more to discover, if you are really into that. Most of them are hidden deep in the jungle and not easy to reach. If you are visiting Koh Samui for vacation this article should give you plenty of waterfalls to explore.