Chet Sao Noi Waterfall National Park in Thailand
Chet San Noi Waterfall National Park is a stunning natural landscape. It is one of the most popular parks in Thailand, one of the most visited by local tourists. Foreign travelers know little about the park and rarely visit it, preferring the more accessible Khao Yai National Park.
Chet San Noi is usually reached by those who have already enjoyed the popular attractions and are now exploring the provincial towns and little secrets of Thailand.
Chet San Noi is located between Saraburi and Nakhonratchasima provinces. The Muak Lek River is the natural boundary between the two provinces in the waterfall area. Cross one of the bridges on the east side, or swim to the other side, and you will find yourself in Nakhonratchasima province.
The park is about 160 km from Bangkok, about 50 km from Saraburi and 40 km from Pak Chong.
The only option for public transportation to Chet San Noi Falls are the slow orange buses that run daily from Saraburi. They leave from 7:00 am to 6:00 pm every hour, the same buses leave Chet San Noi from 5:00 am to 4:00 pm. In the early hours of the day, buses may leave every 30 minutes, depending on how busy they are. The route takes about two hours one way.
The visitor center has a very spacious parking lot, several restaurants, grocery stores, stores, and cafes, most of which are open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
At the far end of the park there is a camping area where you can rent tents with sleeping gear: 350 baht for small two-person tents or 1,000 baht for tents for 7-8 people.
Entry fees for foreigners are 100 baht for an adult and 50 baht for a child. You will need to pay a separate fee for parking, which costs 30 baht.
Chet San Noi Attractions
Chet San Noi Falls is a seven-level waterfall on the Muak Lek River, a short walk from the center of the park. "Chet San Noi translates as "seven little girls. This romantic name comes from the fact that the waterfall has seven steps. There is also a story of seven sisters who drowned in one of the ponds.
The waterfalls in each tier are no more than 4 meters high, but they are quite wide and flow along the smooth, rocky edges of the emerald ponds, creating a magical landscape. You can view all the tiers by walking the nearly 2-kilometer circular trail along the shore. The trails are located on both sides of the river so you can enjoy the beauty of the falls from different angles. Walking the trail is sure to thrill you.
There are several streams, relatively shallow and not too large, where visitors are allowed to swim. However, some places with strong underwater currents are strictly forbidden for swimming after several cases of drowning. There are special signs near the places for swimming. During the rainy months, the water flow becomes turbid and so strong that swimming is prohibited for that period.
There are many banyan trees with impressive tangled roots on the riverbanks. They grow along trails and riverbanks.