Waterfalls nearby Khao Lak
Khao Lak Attractions
As the Khao Lak area is bordered to the east by the mountains of the Khao Sok National Park, there are many waterfalls to explore in the immediate countryside. Most are at their best from August – November, once the rainy season kicks in proper.
Many of the waterfalls are situated in National Parks, meaning a 100-baht ticket payable at the gate – but this ticket affords access to all the area’s parks on the day of issue.
In most cases there’s a trek involved so make sure to wear insect repellent and good shoes otherwise in some cases you will not be able to reach your destination. Most waterfalls under Forest Rangers’ jurisdiction are open from 08:00 – 16:30
Lampi is situated about 30 minutes south of Khao Lak just off Highway 4 at the Km 33 sign. A very nice, three-level waterfall, best viewed in the early morning or late afternoon, the falls are only a short walk from the car park, providing easy access for all. By the car park you’ll find a café/restaurant as well as a rudimentary souvenir shop. The water at the fall is deep and affords swimming in a shady spot so expect a few people.
- Location: Turn off Highway 4 at the Km 33 sign
Pakweep (Sai Rung) Waterfall
This is the most immediately accessible waterfall to Khao Lak and is situated just north of Bang Niang. Locals also call it the Sai Rung (rainbow) waterfall and it’s a charming and refreshingly cool spot to spend time at and unsurprisingly the nearby Sarojin Resort offers its guests the choice of a picnic meal (albeit a gourmet one) here. The fall is located close to the car park, making access easy for the visually impaired or elderly. Admission free.
- Location: Turn at the sign saying ‘Rainbow Waterfall’ 10km north of Bang Niang (just after Le Meridien Khao Lak) and take another right one kilometre along the road
Ton Chong Fa Waterfall
This waterfall is located seven kilometres off the main road at Bang Niang and be warned, it’s a steep and hard trek along an uneven track from the car park to the actual fall. Thankfully the surrounding forest lends a lot of shade. The five-level waterfall’s final drop has a good pool and swimming is possible, although care should be taken.
- Location: Seven kilometres off Highway 4 at Bang Niang
Ton Prai Waterfall
This is a three-pronged waterfall reached by a challenging, 650-metre trek through the jungle on a trail with helpful and informative signage along the way. Visitors negotiate their way over roots, bamboo ‘bridges’, stones and concrete paths along the way. This route is quieter than its northern cousin but the car park itself is sometimes used as scouts and girl guides’ camping grounds. It’s quite a drive up the hill from Highway 4 but definitely worth it. The trek is best negotiated in dry season.
- Location: Off Highway 4, 35 minutes south of Khao Lak