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Nam Tok Phlio National Park

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Look southeast from Chanthaburi town and you’ll likely spot the mountains of Nam Tok Phlio National Park, where the namesake waterfall joins a memorial to a 19th-century Thai queen to attract busloads of Thai visitors.

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The road leading to the main gate usually bustles with crowds browsing the souvenir shops and food stalls. Look left after passing the ticket booth and you’ll immediately see the stream where visitors join the soro brook carp in clear pools of mountain water. On the way down we spotted an iguana honing in on a green tree viper (we think) as people passed a couple of metres away.

Swim with the fishies. Photo taken in or around Nam Tok Phlio National Park, Chanthaburi, Thailand by David Luekens.

Swim with the fishies. Photo: David Luekens

Visitors can head up to a viewing platform or down some steps to hit a pool at the foot of the falls. Either way you’re denied an unobstructed view because the water plummets down a rocky slope partially blocked by branches. The falls flows year round, roaring down and billowing mist into the air late in the rainy season. Though it’s certainly more than a glorified stream, we think Nam Tok Phlio is mediocre as waterfalls in ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 600 words.)

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