The island of Chang is known for the natural sights: untouched jungle, desert beaches and smart views from heights. The waterfalls of Koh Chang are undoubtedly of interest to holidaymakers, especially for those who prefer active recreation and are willing to cross distances on rough terrain.
Actually waterfalls on the island are very small and, it must be admitted, are not something extraordinary: narrow water streams falling from a height of several meters. If you have been in the real mountains and seen waterfalls at least tens of meters, then on Koh Chang you will see «small waterfalls». Do not wait for something grand from a small island with low mountains.
Nevertheless, visiting the waterfalls is interesting:
this is a full-fledged trekking with a climb through the mountains, through the jungle, along winding paths, stripped tree roots, and with forts waving rivers;
There is an opportunity to swim in fresh water, while the water is very warm, not at all mountain, although, of course, colder than in the sea.
To most of the waterfalls considered below, the passage is paid and is $ 6 for adult visitors ($ 3 for children).
The height of this waterfall is more than 10 m. It is considered to be the largest on Chang. For this reason, it is also the most visited by both individual tourists and as part of the sightseeing tours around the island. During the day, this place is quite crowded.
We need to pay tribute to the organizers: the place was civilized: a more or less decent road is laid to the waterfall through the jungle, even a child can master it. The time of ascent to the waterfall is about 20 minutes. For fans of more natural trekking there is a so-called Nature Trail — a trail running among the natural jungles.
The pool, formed by a waterfall, is surrounded by a stony shore. It is safe to dive here, and this can be done from various heights.
For those who do not like to dive or not, a good option is to swim: the pool is narrow, but long. You can swim against the current long enough.
There are no gazebos or any other places for rest. Nevertheless, the Thais, who also come here to relax, happen to pull something like a hammock between the trees and doze in the nature to the sound of falling water.
Where is located: 2 km from the beach Klong Prao inland (the road is paved).
A popular and fairly large four-level waterfall, part of the same national park as Klong Plu. The creek is shallow, so you can not dive here, but you can swim and swim.
Visiting Than Mayom paid (200 baht), but enterprising tourists have found ways to be on the waterfall without paying. Firstly, you can visit Klong Plu and Than Mayom in one day, and since both are part of one national park, visitors are treated with the same type of tickets with the date stamped. Secondly, you can use the «secret passage»: turn off the road where there is a pointer Than Mayom Waterfall, to the right — and you can get to the waterfall bypassing the cashier.
Where is located: in the east of the island near the village of Dan Mai (opposite the administrative building Marine National park).
The waterfall is very modest, and in the dry season it may not be at all. Since it is located not far from Than Mayom, then visiting it makes sense the same day.
A well-groomed road leads to the waterfall, so it’s easy to get to it, although it deprives the atmosphere of naturalness and makes its visit more like an excursion than an active trekking.
Where is located: 4 km from the Marine National park (near the police station of the island).
The visit is free of charge.
KLONG CHAO LUAM
This waterfall on Koh Chang is distinguished by its multi-level and length of common path. In total, along the channel of the stream of the river there are 12 altitude differences in this place. These waterfalls are usually called cascading. Most of the fluctuations of Klong Chao Luam are quite small so that the interest is not so much the waterfalls themselves, as the road to them and the opportunities for active recreation in the backwaters formed by the rapids.
The path to the waterfalls runs through the most real jungle. Here no one was engaged in special cultivation of the terrain, except that they hung signs indicating the name of the current threshold, the distance and the direction of the traffic to the next one.
The general way is more than 1 km, which seems a bit, but you need to take into account that you will have to make your way through rough terrain, strewn with stones, imbued with the roots of giant trees, reminiscent of Tolkien worlds or film Avatar.
If we talk about the opportunities for pastime, then the depth of some of the creeks allows you to dive, there is a tarpanka, from which you can jump into the water. Since the Klong Chao Luam waterfalls are small, you can stand directly under the falling water. Sensations are very unusual.
Near the entrance to the waterfall territory there is a cafe, as well as several rooms for those who want to stay here for the night.
Where is: 5 km from the village of Klong Son.
Being on Koh Chang, be sure to visit this waterfall, despite its remoteness from the main tourist beaches and inaccessibility. So, to get to it, you need to overcome about 1.5 km uphill, but the path itself is not complicated, most of the road is laid.
Having overcome these 1,5 km, you will appear in one of the most beautiful places of island. Kheeri Phet does not impress with its size, but it fits perfectly into the surrounding image, and the absence of people around creates in this place the atmosphere of a lost mysterious world. Keep in mind to see this waterfall, you need to visit it from April to November. The rest of the time, it almost completely dries up.
Where is: 2 km south of the village of Salak Phet + 1.5 km up the hill from the main road.
Visiting is free of charge.
Difficult and inaccessible waterfall, located in the south of Koh Chang. The path to it is not laid, because of which about half a kilometer you have to go straight up the river bed: on slippery boulders, wading, and sometimes by swimming. In the dry season, Klong Nung dries up.
Where is: about 3.5 km from the village of Salak Phet. Visiting is free of charge.
A very small waterfall is located on the Grand Laguna. The entrance fee is $ 1.5. For this money you can spend the whole day in the hotel zone, swim on the beach of the hotel.
Where is: Bang Bao beach.