The waterfalls on Koh Samui may not be the tallest you’ll find in Thailand, but they are all certainly blessed with a personal and distinctive charm. Each is worth a visit during your stay, providing an instantly refreshing break from the lively and built up areas of the island.
Na Muang 1 Waterfall is one of the more popular waterfalls on the island for its ease of access and picturesque swimming area. You’ll find the well signed turning off the 4169 Ring Road between Nathon and Hua Thanon in the southwest of the island. Natural rock formations form a steep and scenic stairway down to the base of the fall. Elephant trails run nearby, and seeing the elephants amble over waters downstream with trekkers on their backs ads to the other-worldly feel. The heavily populated pool at the base of the fall must be approached with caution as the waterfall’s foam hides sharp edged rocks underneath.
Hin Lad Waterfall is Koh Samui’s least populated waterfall (Na Muang 1 and 2 are on most island tour packages and are crowded in the afternoons) owing to a 2km walk to get there. The walk is along a stunning jungle path, and can be completed with a refreshing dip in the waterfall pool, so we think it’s worth the trip. Bring food and drink and plan plenty of time to take in the sights; you won’t want to leave. Strong walking shoes and leg protection is recommended for the walk. Follow Route 4172 to the eastern end, 2km south of Nathon.