Tat Ton National Park

Good waterfall

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What we say: 3.5 stars

Set some 23km out of Chaiyaphum, Tat Ton National Park is well worth a visit for its namesake waterfall, the star of the show here and stretching to 50m wide in the rainy season – take care as it is easy to slip by the water's edge.

Group tours aside, you are likely to be almost alone in the park, and pretty much certainly the only foreigner – on our visit, with the exception of one group leaving as we arrived, we counted only two or three other Thais, and we were certainly a novelty to the bored-looking guards at the gate collecting our 100B entrance fee.

Take a songthaew from Chaiyaphum, leaving from the northern end of Non Muang Road – for 30B you'll be dropped an hour later at the entrance to the park, from where it's a couple of kilometres' hilly but perfectly doable, well-signposted and worthwhile walk to the falls, where you will be rewarded with ample opportunity for beautiful shots of the photogenic falls.

Tat Fah is another, smaller waterfall worth taking a look at while you're there, while the whole park is in itself a dream of peace and tranquillity. Songthaews don't do the return leg of the journey after the morning, but you can hitch a ride back to Chaiyaphum quite easily.

If all else fails, walk some way along the road you came down, make yourself look tired and wait for a few women to start shouting, asking if you need a lift back to Chaiyaphum (for a price). They came to our rescue, so they're to for you as well.

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23km out of Chaiyaphum
Last updated: 27th May, 2011

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