Waterfalls are the perfect attraction on any trip. They’re romantic and serve as a beautiful reminder of nature’s power. Thailand’s waterfalls are no exception. We’ve made a list of the top 5 waterfalls to see in Thailand.
In the south of Khao Yai National Park lies Namtok Heo Narok, an impressive three-tiered waterfall. Surrounded by thick forest, this waterfall features a 60-meter drop from the first tier. As the water cascades down, it falls at a 90-degree angle, before disappearing into the valley below. It is said that wild elephants pass through the waterfall as part of their jungle path. While, I didn’t see any elephants, I was still enthralled by the sight of this work of art.
In Tak, you must see Namtok Thi Lo Su in the Umphang Wildlife Sanctuary, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Getting to the waterfall may be a bit tricky, but you get to see the beauty of the park, and some of the magnificent wildlife that live there along the way, making for a well-rounded experience.
Another wonderful waterfall in Khao Yai National Park is the Haew Suwat Waterfall. The water falls off a 20-meter cliff into a pool below. It is easier to get to than the some of the other waterfalls in the park, and there is a campsite nearby. It may be a bit of a hike from the visitors center, about 8km, but it can also be reached by car, along the main roads. I happened to enjoy the hike, and getting to see the other natural attractions along the way.
Over in Chiang Mai, Doi Suthep Doi Pui National Park has the famous Mae Sa Waterfall. While actually a series of waterfalls and cascades, the trek to see it is well worth it. There are lovely picnic areas for you to relax and take in the scenery on your way to see each waterfall.
Last but certainly not least is the Erawan Waterfall in Erawan National Park. This famous seven-tiered waterfall is named after the three-headed white elephant in Hindu mythology. Each waterfall is beautiful and distinct. You can swim near the waterfalls and cool off from the warm weather. The water is a gorgeous emerald green color, and is very refreshing, and cool. The entire waterfall spans 1.5 km, and you can hike to see all of them. The last tier is a bit challenging, but it feels great to say I saw all seven tiers.
There are so many waterfalls in Thailand, and they are all a sight to see. If you’re trying to decide which ones to visit, use this list as a guide to kickstart your search.