Khao Lak is a haven blessed with abundant beauty. It has an extensive coastline with white sand beaches that captivate tourists from all over the world. The vast sea is also there for surfers, swimmers, and divers alike to enjoy. Likewise, mountain climbers can head to the Khao Sok National Park and scale one of its peaks.
These mountains give rise to numerous waterfalls, most of which are within national parks. You will need to pay the 100 baht entrance fee to gain access to these natural wonders. Since some trekking is involved, it’s wise to wear non-slip shoes and apply insect repellent before heading to the falls.
Here are four must-visit waterfalls in Khao Lak:
1. Lampi Waterfall
Sunlight adorns this three-level waterfall that is located about half an hour south of Khao Lak. However, while the flowing water looks calm, you may not feel the same peace when you try to swim in the main pool because of its depth. That’s why most visitors are contented in seeing the site which is accessible from the car park. Hunger won’t be a problem as well because of the nearby restaurant, while gifts are available at an adjacent souvenir shop. You’ll arrive at Lampi Waterfall after turning off Highway 4 at the KM 33 sign.
2. Sai Rung Waterfall
The local name for this waterfall means rainbow, and the vibrant colors of its surroundings will captivate you. Located north of Bang Niang, this waterfall is near Sarojin Resort is also known as Pakweep. It is a charming location for a picnic or an afternoon of relaxation.
Similar to Lampi, it is also easily accessible from a car park, making it easy for the elderly to witness the view. Swimming in its pool is safer than in Lampi because it’s not as deep. You’ll reach Sai Rung by turning at the “Rainbow Waterfall” sign after Le Meridien Khao Lak and traveling for a kilometer after. If you’re traveling on a budget, this is the perfect waterfall to visit because you will not have to pay an entrance fee at Sai Rung.
3. Ton Chong Fa Waterfall
Unlike the first two waterfalls, you’ll have to trek from the carpark to the actual site. The steep track makes it harder to reach, but it’s worth the exercise. Ton Chong Fa has five levels before you arrive at the pool, and the surrounding forest provides many shelters. There’s also a small pool at the side of the trek for a quick and ticklish foot rinse.
You’ll arrive at the location after traveling seven kilometers off Highway 4 from Bang Niang. However, you must drive carefully because of the potholes along the road. You will know that you have reached Ton Chong Fa when you see its entrance hut within a small car park. It’s best to visit in the morning to clearly see the track going up.
4. Ton Prai Waterfall
This is the waterfall for you to experience tranquility. It’s the least accessible among Khao Lak’s waterfalls because of the challenging 650-meter trek through stones, concrete paths, and bamboo bridges. However, the sight is worth the sweat because of its three-level waterfall.
Ton Prai is about 35 minutes south of Khao Lak off Highway 4. The best season to visit this waterfall is during the summer because the trail becomes slippery and dangerous during the rainy season.
Your home in Khao Lak
After visiting these waterfalls, enjoy a relaxing time by staying at the Apsara Khao Lak Hotel, which is located at Pakarang Beach, bordering the Andaman Sea. Dose off at one of their spacious and stylish rooms or enjoy their complimentary Internet access. Address your gastronomic cravings by dining at either the Kinaree, Napalai, or Zeus in-house restaurants. Get a massage from the Apsara Spa or take a plunge at their swimming pool.
If you’re looking for the perfect place of accommodation in Khao Lak, get in touch with Apsara Khao Lak today! We’re more than happy to help!