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A Guide to Phuket's Breathtaking Waterfalls

Did you know that Phuket has a wealth of stunning natural waterfalls for you to discover? If you’re seeking adventure, taking a dip in one of these cooling cascades could be just the ticket. If you’re on a family trip in Thailand, this makes for a particularly good family-friendly activity. Come with us to discover Phuket’s top four waterfalls.


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Bang Pae Waterfall at Khao Phra Thaeo National Park in Thalang, north of Phuket Town is a very popular recreational spot for picnics, hiking, swimming, as well as enjoying a meal at the restaurants near the car park, by the lake and outside the gates. At 10 metres high this is Phuket’s biggest waterfall and offers a very appealing and easily accessible option with cool water, plenty of shade and exotic surroundings. Make sure you wear good shoes, as the trek to the falls is quite rough underfoot. If you like animals, there is also a Gibbon Rehabilitation Centre on site open to visitors.


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Although this waterfall is inland at Tonsai in the northeastern part of Phuket, far from the beaches, the three-kilometre-long drive along the road from Thalang Town heading to the fall has delightful rural views. The waterfall itself is easier accessed than that at Bang Pae but is not as big or impressive. Still, it’s a cool spot for a day out of the sun and set in green virgin forest. For those feeling active, there is also a two-kilometre, well-signed trek around the back of the waterfall. You also could get cold drinks and snacks at a small restaurant near the information centre.


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In the centre of the island, near Patong, you will find Kathu Waterfall, offering a series of drop pools rather than one big gushing cascade. Right at the top there’s a pool in which you can take a proper swim, but if you want to get there, expect a hard climb. Luckily, most of the way up comprises stairs and is shaded. At the bottom, there are plenty of places to buy snacks and drinks. The beauty of this places is that you can make it as hard or as easy as you want it to be: If you’re with children then take it easy and go halfway up to the drop pool for a dip or if you like a challenge go the whole hog.


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This final waterfall is located behind the beach right next to Ao Yon, near Cape Panwa (Ao Yon Noi). Not very well known and rather hard to find, Ao Yon waterfall is only visited by few locals and intrepid travellers, thanks to this it’s maintained an unspoiled and pristine environment. If you wish to make an excursion here make ensure that you wear good shoes as the slope is steep and the climb is tricky. Again, there are several drop pools along the way, some big enough to bathe in. The jungle closes in after a while but this only adds to the cool and exotic ambiance of the place.

Note: In the rainy season (June – October) the waterfalls are at their best, from December to May during the dry season there is considerably less water.

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