There are many reasons to visit such a paradise place like Samui. And one of the main is the beautiful waterfalls. In total, there are eleven of them on the island. You can, of course, set a goal and visit them all, but it would be a waste of time and effort.
Here we will tell you about the most picturesque, loved by tourists and residents of Samui.
Some of these natural wonders are easily accessible by rented car or cab, which the natives call "sogteon. But there are some waterfalls on Koh Samui that are difficult or impossible to reach.
Waterfalls on a map of Samui
Consider the season of your visit to Koh Samui. From January to April, the weather is dry and it doesn't rain, so the waterfalls dry out, transforming from massive torrents of water into inconspicuous rivulets.
Na Mueang 1
It is also called the Purple Falls. This waterfall can also be rightly called a royal waterfall, as it is often visited by members of the royal family. It falls from a height of 18 meters into a pool that is suitable for bathing. However, during the dry months one should not go here, because there is a high probability of being disappointed in what he sees.
It's nice to be able to drive up to the waterfall itself. It is suggested to leave the car in the parking lot (it is paid, it costs 20 baht per vehicle). Walking is not far at all. There is a market for tourists, where you can eat and buy souvenirs.
In order to visit Purple Falls, it is not necessary to rent a car or motorcycle. You can take a cab that runs along the route between Nathon town and Lamai Beach. In this case, you will have to walk about 1.5 km to the waterfall.
Na Mueang 2
It is located in the area belonging to Namuang Park. The waterfall is extremely beautiful: it is about 80 meters high (a record for Samui) and has many tiers. For the pleasure of seeing it will have to pay 50 baht. Also be prepared for the extra cost to get up and down to the waterfall.
You can choose between a jeep or an elephant. If you want to save money, you can get to the place on your own, it takes 15-20 minutes. But be aware that the ascent under the hot sun can be tiring.
For the sake of one waterfall you should not go to these places (this advice is especially relevant in the dry season), it is better to combine a visit to the waterfall with an entertaining excursion in the park. There is free parking, where you can leave your car, and then follow the information on the signs.
Hinlad (Hin Lad Waterfall)
Hinlad waterfall probably reminds you of a mountain river. The water flows here, skirting giant boulders and forming picturesque little lakes at different levels. At the foot of the falls, there's a floodplain where many fish live, and you can cross the bridge to the other side, to the Buddhist temple and walking paths.
It is located near Knighton Beach, in an area called Lipa Noi. It is easy to find the waterfall: first, take Route 4169, then turn off onto Route 4172 and go all the way to the end. The most important thing here is not to miss the right sign.
So what do you do when you come to this waterfall? There are a lot of options:
- Take pictures as a memento;
- Climbing the boulders;
- Visit the temple and the garden (and meditate, if you wish);
- Feed the fish or ride the majestic elephant.
In Samui, you'll hear several sounding names for these places: "Secret Garden of the Buddha," "Tarnim Magic Garden and Waterfall," and "Garden of Heaven.
Of course, the islanders exaggerated a little when they called the small stream on the territory of the garden such a big word. But when visiting the famous Buddhist rock garden, don't forget to take a picture of Tarnim at the same time.
But go solely for the waterfall is not advised.
Siva Tara and the Valentine Stone
These attractions are located in the central part of the beach, which is called Lamai. There is a small park, where tourists come to admire the waterfall (by the way, it is artificial, so it looks more like a stream), to sit at the stone of love and take a few pictures from the observation deck.
The most daring are bungee jumping. There are not too many visitors. After buying a ticket, don't forget to stop by the cozy restaurant in the park. Its staff treats all the lucky ticket holders with something refreshing to drink.
You may come across another name - Khow Yai. To visit it, you need to head to the south of the island. You have to leave your car 200 meters before you reach your destination (don't believe the sign that says to walk only 30 meters).
The entrance costs 20 baht. Many tourists are impressed by Khowyai Falls. It is high, consists of several cascades, along the way there are gazebos for rest and other waterfalls, and at the top is a statue of a beautiful girl.
If you have time, from Khowyai do not turn back to the ring road, but continue to Heavenly Garden with Tarnim and Paradise Park.
What you need to know when visiting waterfalls
Whichever waterfall you choose to visit, it will be located in the jungle. Exceptions are very rare. And that means incredibly high humidity and profuse sweating.
It is best to go on a tour in the morning, before the heat is at its peak.
Do not forget to protect your skin with special sunscreen and insect repellent.