Photo: Resting at the second tier of Ton Nga Chang.

Ton Nga Chang Waterfall

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Ranking among Southern Thailand’s most spectacular waterfalls, Ton Nga Chang powers over a series of seven cliffs amid the dense jungle of a wildlife sanctuary. Though many visitors never make it beyond the refreshing lower tiers, adventurers can pause to soak up great views while climbing up steep slopes to the upper falls.

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If flying into Hat Yai from the north you’ll get a broad view over Ton Nga Chang Wildlife Sanctuary, a mass of jungle-draped mountains that source the waterfall. Plastic bottles are not allowed up the trail so we were glad to have brought a reusable bottle, which we refilled at one of the food stalls in the car park.

The first tier is a popular spot for locals to chill out. Photo taken in or around Ton Nga Chang Waterfall, Hat Yai, Thailand by David Luekens.

The first tier is a popular spot for locals to chill out. Photo: David Luekens

At the first tier we found quite a few locals lounging in the shade of banyan trees and munching on som tam and grilled chicken. Not far from the car park, a small beach meets a clear, shallow pool where kids joined fish beside stripes of whitewater bubbling over the rocks. The water is clear and cool, even if you don’t get the travertine colours found at waterfalls like Than Bok Khorani or Erawan.

An easy 15-minute walk up the trail took us to the far more dramatic second tier with water cascading over a vast rocky slope. A couple chilled under a tree at the foot of the cliff as an old man gazed at the falls from a bridge spanning the stream. Some visitors never make it beyond this point, but the third tier is worth the climb.

Natural fish spa at tier one. Photo taken in or around Ton Nga Chang Waterfall, Hat Yai, Thailand by David Luekens.

Natural fish spa at tier one. Photo: David Luekens

Ton Nga Chang means “Waterfall like Elephant Tusks,” a name that comes from two distinct sections of water that thunder down at the third tier. The falls here are stunning, though we had trouble tearing our eyes away from the jungle vista when looking east from smooth rocks above the second tier. Just off the trail that cuts further uphill, we sidetracked to a shady perch within a few metres of the angelic water that forms one of the third tier’s ... Travelfish members only (Around 600 more words) ... please log in to read the rest of this story.

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How to get there
Ton Nga Chang Waterfall is located 28 kilometres west of Hat Yai Railway Station and it’s a straightforward trip by car or motorbike. Head west out of the city on Phet Kasem Rd (Route 4) and keep straight on to Route 4287 towards Satun. You’ll then need to bear left on Route 4026, following signs for the waterfall. From this point it’s another six km to a checkpoint, where tickets cost 200 baht for foreign adults and 100 baht for kids. Alternately, you could take a taxi or tuk tuk from Hat Yai for around 600 to 1,000 baht, round trip. Get there early if you hope to reach the upper tiers.

Ton Nga Chang Waterfall
28 km west of Hat Yai train station
Daily 08:00–17:00.

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