Photo: Ton Te Waterfall is worth the effort, but you gotta put in the time.

Ton Te Waterfall

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The Ban That mountains in Trang province’s remote eastern reaches conceal some 10 waterfalls, many of them reachable on a single day trip. At least one—Ton Te—is worth the trip, but it will take some effort.

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With so many options, it can take some time to figure out which waterfalls to hit. The locals we spoke to insisted that Nam Tok Ton Te (nam tok is Thai for waterfall) was the best of the bunch. Since Sai Rung, Lam Plok and Ton Tok waterfalls are all on the way, we figured on a motorbike excursion that would take us to all of these, saving Ton Yai, Ton Noi and Klai Sawan, among others, for another trip.

Ready to be refreshed? Photo taken in or around Ton Te Waterfall, Trang, Thailand by David Luekens.

Ready to be refreshed? Photo: David Luekens

Avoiding busy Route 4 (aka Phetkasem Road), we rode south out of town and cut east on Route 4015. Though bumpy in spots, it was a scenic cruise past rice fields and tiny villages where the old folks, including some of the women, still go bare-chested with only the traditional sarong wrapped around their waists. Framed by tall rubber trees and flower blossoms, the mountains soon appeared.

Turning right onto smooth Route 4264, which runs north to south at the foot of the mountains and accesses all of the falls on our agenda, we sped south towards the turnoff for Nam Tok Sai Rung. A back road carried us to cooler air, and a local teenager tried to tell us something as he cruised by. A few minutes later, we arrived to find a ranger without many teeth who informed us that the falls were closed for safety reasons. We later learned that several people once drowned here in similar conditions. “Come back in December,” we were told.

Forget the beach; I want mountains! Photo taken in or around Ton Te Waterfall, Trang, Thailand by David Luekens.

Forget the beach; I want mountains! Photo: David Luekens

We carried on south and barely caught the sign for Lam Plok Waterfall. Located at the end of another remote side lane, the parking area was deserted and signs posted only in Thai, but we could just make out a large waterfall crashing over a cliff through the trees. Quickly the trail became slippery, boulders sloping down to ... Travelfish members only (Around 700 more words) ... please log in to read the rest of this story.

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How to get there
Ton Te (also spelt Tae) is 50 kilometres southeast of Trang town in Palian district, and all of the waterfalls are marked by English/Thai signs off Route 4264. Motorbike or hired taxi are the only ways to go apart from hitchhiking; minibuses to Palian can drop you along 4264 but it’s a long walk from there to any of the falls. The signal on our cell phone worked fine throughout the trip, and all of the falls were marked on our maps app. No admission was charged at any of them.

Location map for Ton Te Waterfall

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