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Ngao Waterfall National Park

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While on a boat heading towards Ranong town from Ko Phayam or Ko Chang Noi, you might notice a stripe of white across one of the steep inland cliffs several kilometres away. That would be the upper tiers of Ngao Waterfall, the namesake attraction of a national park that also includes hot springs, viewpoints and mangroves.

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Turning off Route 4 at any point from May to December, you should see five of the waterfall’s upper tiers snaking down a steep rock face. After stopping at the ticket gate and perhaps popping into the visitor centre, it’s an easy five-minute stroll along a sealed walkway to the lower tiers draped in the branches of flowering trees. The nature is lush at any time of year, but the falls may dry up from January to April.

Tumble down falls. Photo taken in or around Ngao Waterfall National Park, Ranong, Thailand by David Luekens.

Tumble down falls. Photo: David Luekens

While you won’t find travertine pools worthy of a swim, a stream at the foot of the falls is full of fish wiggling through crystal-clear water. Look closer and you might see the white bodies and dark-purple mouths of an unusual crab known as pu chao fa in Thai. Among the abundant flowers, you also might spot a dendrodium formosum, a delicate orchid that is Ranong’s ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 400 words.)


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