Photo: Take a swing and a swim.

Waterfalls

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When hiking to the falls, be careful not to step on the light-blue plastic water pipes that lie along streambeds and trails; break one and you may cut off water to a portion of the island. The photos seen below were taken in December and January; expect more impressive falls from July to October. Some falls dry up completely from February to May.





West coast waterfalls

Khlong Phlu Waterfall As Ko Chang’s most popular and accessible waterfall, Khlong Phlu is worth a visit despite the entrance fee and, often, crowds of Speedo-clad revellers. A 600-metre trail skirts a stream before entering a ravine rimmed on three sides by vertical cliffs, with an angelic beam of whitewater flowing down between them. It’s possible to swim in the narrow upper pool when the current isn’t too strong, but most opt for the deeper swimming hole down below, where you can scale the cliffs and jump back into the clear water.

Khlong Phlu: Ko Chang’s most popular falls. Photo taken in or around Waterfalls, Ko Chang, Thailand by David Luekens.

Khlong Phlu: Ko Chang’s most popular falls. Photo: David Luekens

The entrance to Khlong Phlu Waterfall is located at the end of a side road clearly marked by signs along the main road through Khlong Prao. Locals will shout in the hopes that you’ll pay 10 baht to park in their driveways, but it’s free near the ranger station. Unless you’re Thai, you can’t avoid the 200 baht (100 for kids) national park fee, which gets you a rundown visitor centre and rangers doubling as lifeguards. You can re-use the same ticket if visiting Than Mayom Waterfall on the same day.

Khlong Jao Leuam Waterfall Also known as Nang Yom, this waterfall is perhaps more worthwhile for the scenic hike than the falls themselves. After passing a charming house and spirit shrine, an easy trail leads for a half-kilometre through old-growth forest to a couple of swimming holes at the small lower tiers. From there you’ll have to head back or hop and wade your way upstream in search of the upper tiers, which we’ve yet to reach.

From the main road through Khlong Son, take the inland road that begins next to 7-eleven, following signs for Baan Kwan Chang Elephant Camp. From that turn it’s roughly four kilometres to the trailhead, where a family charges 40 baht for travellers to walk through their property and up to the falls. They do at least provide ... please log in to read the rest of this story.


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