10 Best Waterfalls in Koh Samui - 2020 (Photos & Reviews)
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Waterfalls in Koh Samui are a major tourist attraction, especially during the monsoon season. Surrounded by lush green jungles and high mountains, these provide the perfect getaway for both large groups and solo travellers. Not very far away from each other, these waterfalls make for perfect picnic locations and ideal spots to relax in the lap of nature.

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The falls are not very tall in height, which reduces the force of the flowing water, making them tourist friendly and ideal for all age groups. And once the monsoons begin, these flowing waterfalls are the most beautiful sight to behold.

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Koh Samui Waterfalls provide stunning views of the valleys and offer innumerable hiking, trekking and swimming opportunities. The best part of these waterfalls is that most of them are easily accessible by road and do not have an entrance charge. They also provide paid parking facilities at nominal charges for those who like to take their own vehicle and explore the island.

Here are some of the best waterfalls in Koh Samui:

01

Khao Yai Waterfall

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 Khao Yai Waterfall

Amongst all Koh Samui waterfalls, Khao Yai Waterfall is the easiest to reach. You can either drive up to the fall or enjoy the trek through a tropical forest and beautiful stone structures. On your way to the fall, stop at the Secret Buddha Garden for its architecture and to offer your prayers. Don’t miss the viewpoint at the top of the waterfall.

Location:
Na Mueang, Ko Samui District, Surat Thani

Entrance fee:
No entry fee. Paid parking available. 10 baht (? 22) for the viewpoint

How to get there:
Hire a scooter and go towards the Secret Buddha Garden. The waterfall is a little off the main road but signs are present to indicate the direction. You can choose to ride down the steep path to the waterfall or park at the entrance and hike your way.

Insider tip:
Visit the nearby Khao Yai National park for your share of jungle adventures like elephant trekking and zip lining.

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Khun Si Waterfall

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 Khun Si Waterfall

One of the most difficult waterfalls in Koh Samui to reach, Khun Si Waterfall is worth the trouble. Surrounded by lush jungles and durian plantations, Khun Si Waterfall also offers a stunning view of Koh Phangan island like no other Koh Samui waterfalls.

This is the perfect location for a family picnic amidst tiered rocks and boulders and cool waters. Don’t forget to carry your swimsuit and a good amount of sunblock for that cool dip in the water.

Location:
Wat Thale, Thailand

Entrance fee:
No entry fee

Height of the waterfall:
50 metres

How to get there:
Drive to the Khun Si viewpoint and follow the signs on the dirt road. You can also hike through the jungle to reach the Khun Si Waterfall.

Insider tip:
The pool has varying degrees of depths. It is advisable to check the water depth before taking a dive.

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04

Na Muang 2 Waterfall

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Na Muang 2 Waterfall

Koh Samui is home to one of the most popular waterfalls in Thailand, Na Muang 2 Waterfall which is located at a short distance away from Na Muang 1 Waterfall.

A one-kilometre trek from Na Muang 1 will take you to the second waterfall that is smaller than the first one but more gorgeous. And if you really want to know what beauty really means, trek to the top of the waterfall to reach two natural pools with views of the mountains in the distance.

Location:
Na Mueang, Ko Samui District, Surat Thani

Entrance fee:
No entry fee

Height of the waterfall:
80 metres

How to get there:
Na Muang 2 waterfall is accessible by road. Walk up from Na Muang 1 to reach Na Muang two.

Insider tip:
If you are not up for walking then book elephant rides up to the waterfall that take four people at a time. But we recommend good hiking shoes and lots of sunscreen.

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Wang Sao Thong Waterfall

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Wang Sao Thong Waterfall

Compared to the nearby Na Muang Waterfall, Wang Sao Thong may not look like much. But this serene, secluded waterfall is the ideal place to spend time with your family and friends amidst nature. Surrounded by mountains and jungles, this small waterfall ends in a natural pool perfect for a swim on a hot day.

Location:
Na Mueang, Ko Samui District, Surat Thani

Entrance fee:
No entry fee. Paid parking available

How to get there:
Head towards the Mummified Monk Temple and turn towards the Na Muang Waterfalls. Hire a car or a scooter to reach your destination. You can also choose to leave your vehicle at the parking and hike to the waterfall or take a small detour to the left of the parking and enjoy a jungle trek to reach your destination.

Insider tip:
Carry your own food and water as there are no restaurants in the area. Since this is a small fall, it is best visited during the monsoons or just after.

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Tan Rua Waterfall (Secret Falls)

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Tan Rua Waterfall (Secret Falls)
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Popular as the Secret Falls, Tan Rua Waterfalls is one of the unique waterfalls in Koh Samui. Keeping true to its name, the waterfall is surrounded by cliffs, trees and vines making visitors miss it at first. But once you reach the spot, get ready to witness the most breath-taking view and a natural pond.

For tourists who want a little more adventure, the nearby Canopy Adventures conducts ziplining for adults and children.

Location:
Mae Nam, Ko Samui District, Surat Thani

Entrance fee:
No entry fee

Height of the waterfall:
20 metres

How to get there:
Cars can easily go up to a certain point where the concrete road ends. To cover the dirt road, you can either hire a scooter or trek to the falls.

Insider tip:
Swimming in the natural pond is not recommended as there may be rocks and vines in the water due to the dense forest surrounding the fall. The Tree Bridge Café at about 250 metres from the waterfall is a must-visit for the view and the food.

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Hin Lad Waterfalls

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Hin Lad Waterfalls

Surrounded by almost 3 km of jungle, Hin Lad Waterfalls is another one of the popular Koh Samui Waterfalls. Located near an elephant reserve, this is the perfect location to enjoy an elephant ride, take a swim and explore the surrounding area through hiking in the jungle. But it is only after a 30 minute trek that one can reach the waterfall, which means that it is not overcrowded with tourists.

Location:
Ang Thong, Ko Samui District, Surat Thani

Entrance fee:
No entry fee

How to get there:
You can hire a scooter or car to get to the waterfall or take a taxi. Once you reach the gate, a 2 km trek through the gorgeous jungle will take you to the waterfall.

Insider tip:
The trek route is not very easy so we suggest that you carry good trekking shoes and physically prepare yourself to make the journey. Carry your own food and a lot of water. On your way to the waterfall, stop at the Hin Lad Temple and admire the beautiful architecture and the Buddha statue.

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Na Muang 1

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Na Muang 1

One of the most popular waterfalls in Koh Samui, Na Muang 1 runs down rocks to form the perfect swimming hole for both children and adults. A short walk from the car park, the falls are surrounded by lush green jungles that give the perfect setting for a day out with family and friends. Spend your day swimming, hiking and enjoying a picnic.

Location:
Na Mueang, Ko Samui District, Surat Thani

Entrance fee:
No entry fee

Height of the waterfall:
18 metres

How to get there:
Na Muang 1 waterfalls is easily accessible by road and falls halfway between Nathon and Lamai Beach. You can hire a scooter or a car and explore the whole island on your own.

Insider tip:
The rocks are slippery so carry sturdy footwear. There is no entry fee so don’t listen to any local guide who asks for money. There is only a nominal parking fee.

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09

Phaeng Waterfall

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Phaeng Waterfall

Considered as one of the greatest and the tallest waterfalls in Koh Samui, Phaeng Waterfall is a treat for all tourists. Located inside the Thansadej National Park, this waterfall provides the perfect location for a romantic getaway.

Visit the nearby Dom Sila Viewpoint for an unforgettable view of the entire island. Feeling a little more adventurous? Trek through the forest and reach to the top of Khao Ra, the highest mountain peak of Koh Phangan island.

Location:
Ko Pha-ngan, Ko Pha-ngan District, Surat Thani

Entrance fee:
No entry fee. 20 baht (? 44) for parking.

How to get there:
Just drive to Phaeng Waterfall. The roads are good and can easily be reached, even on a bicycle.

Insider tip:
Only visit Phaeng Waterfall during the monsoons. At any other time of the year, the water dries down and the waterfall disappears, leaving behind small pools of water.

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Tar Nim Waterfall

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Tar Nim Waterfall

Located inside the Secret Buddha Garden, Tar Nim Waterfall is a major tourist attraction. Surrounded by statues of Buddha in various forms and mythical forest creatures, this is the perfect location to spend a day with yourself. The forest surrounding the garden also has small houses that were once built for travelling monks and are now the ideal backdrop for instagrammable selfies.

Location:
Ko Samui District, Surat Thani

Entrance fee:
80 Baht (? 177)

How to get there:
The Secret Buddha Garden is a major landmark in Koh Samui. Hire a scooter or a car or simply avail public transport.

Insider tip:
Avoid mid-day as that is when majority tourists reach the place. Try to be amongst the first to reach the place to experience its real beauty and magic, and give yourself enough time to admire and explore the intricate designs on the statues. But be ready for some steep climbing.


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Wanorn Waterfall

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Wanorn Waterfall
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Located near an abandoned route, Wanorn Waterfall is not frequented by visitors. But if you make it here, you will be in for the most magical experience of your life. Surrounded by serene jungles, small rapids lead to a swimming area. The rocks and boulders are not very slippery, making it ideal for children and senior citizens.

Location:
Tambon, Ko Samui District, Surat Thani

Entrance fee:
No entry fee

How to get there:
Wanorn waterfall can easily be reached by road. Hire a scooter or car and head to the observation deck in Lipa Noi. Keep an eye out for the sign boards.

Insider tip:
Don’t miss out the Sunset Avenue for the most magnificent view of the entire valley. There is only one operating restaurant in the jungle so remember the exact location. The whole place is best explored on foot.

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