Khlong Jak Waterfall

A pleasant hike

Photo of Khlong Jak Waterfall, , Ko Lanta

What we say: 3.5 stars

This roughly seven-metre-high waterfall cascades down a rocky cliff surrounded by lush jungle, though the pool at its base is more suited to wading than swimming. While it's a refreshing spot from June to around December, the falls dry up to a trickle during the dry season and often disappoint those who make the two-kilometre hike.

Even so, the hike itself will be worth the trip for many. The trails can seem confusing, but they all wind past impressive old-growth trees and end up at the same place. You might see macaques swinging in the canopy. Stay left to stop at an impressive "bat cave" along the way.

Most visitors reach the trail head by motorbike, and it's a leisurely hike through the jungle with minimal hills and no steep sections. Local guides can apparently be hired at the "Jungle School" near the parking area, though we arrived to find only an old man washing up in the stream.

A number of guided elephant treks and regular hiking trips include the waterfall on their itineraries, and it can get crowded.

Last updated: 8th June, 2014

About the author:
Usually found exploring Bangkok's side streets or south Thailand's islands, David Luekens is an American freelance writer & photographer who finds everyday life in Asia to be extraordinary. You can follow his travails here.
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