Ton Nga Chang Waterfall

Ton Nga Chang Waterfall

The seventh tier beckons

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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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The first tier is a popular spot for locals to chill out. Photo 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 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 (Full text is around 600 words.)

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David Luekens first came to Thailand in 2005 when Thai friends from his former home of Burlington, Vermont led him on a life-changing trip. Based in Thailand since 2011, he spends much of his time eating in Bangkok street markets and island hopping the Andaman Sea.

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