Saturday, April 01, 2006

Samui Island's Exotic Waterfalls

Samui Waterfall
Koh Samui is blessed with quite a few spectacular waterfalls; however there are only two that are easily accessed and having good facilities. They are Hin Lad and Namuang. The best time to see any of the falls on Koh Samui is during or just after the rainy season, approximately September to March. If not at these times, there may not be enough of a water flow to make the trip worthwhile.

Hin Lad is approximately three kilometers from Nathon, due west off route 4172. The signposts are well marked. You will need to hike down a two kilometer trail, at times a little challenging, but the pool at the bottom of the falls is worth it. Make sure you have good footwear for this trail. Namuang is actually two different waterfalls, Namuang 1 and Namuang 2. Namuang 1 is 18 meters high and just off the main road, easily accessible by car. Here you will find a beautiful swimming hole at the base of the waterfall. Good footwear should be worn as it can get slippery on the rocks. As with any swimming area, please use extreme caution if you chose to dive. Namuang 2 is about 80 meters tall and is a little bit more difficult to get to than Namuang 1. Unless you can find the road that will take you about 1/3 of the way up, you will have to hike up from the main road for about 30 minutes. The first little bit seems tough, but it does get easier. If there is enough water, these falls are beautiful and well worth the trip. You will need good shoes for this one.

source: Koh Samui Website

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