1. Phaeng Waterfall
Phaeng Waterfall is quite possibly the island’s greatest waterfall and is located right in its centre. It is a part of the Thansadej National Park and is made up of two separate falls, the Phaeng Noi Waterfall (small waterfall) and the Phaeng Yai Waterfall (big waterfall). You will come across Phaeng Noi just fifty metres past the entrance to the park. Beyond that, you must embark upon a steep two hundred and fifty-metre trek to arrive at Phaeng Yai, but it is well worth it. The entire area is full of natural beauty, lush green vegetation and plenty of wildlife.
2. Wang Sai Waterfall
Wang Sai waterfall is towards the north-west of the island, near Mae Head beach. It is quite easy to access and is just a fifteen-minute walk from the southern beach, with signposts to guide your way. The waterfall resembles an avalanche of boulders. It is a cascading waterfall, which means that it is not a single drop. Instead, it is a stream of water that makes its way down some levels. Some of these levels contain water basins where you can cool off and go for a swim, the largest one being at the very bottom.
3. Than Sadet Waterfall
The Thaan Sadet waterfall was first visited by the Thai Royal Family back in 1988. A rock inscription left there by King Rama V remains there till this day. It is rumoured that he visited the same spot over ten times during his reign and it wouldn’t be without reason, Thaan Sadet is one of the most scenic waterfalls in all of Thailand. The present King Bhumibol has visited the spot as well.
4. Sramanora Waterfall
If you have visited Thailand a couple of times, the name Sramonara will probably sound quite familiar. That’s because you would have heard of the legendary parties that are held here. The all night long techno fests have been times perfectly, just before and after the famous full moon party at Haad Rin; they have placed this waterfall firmly on the map. Of course, you can visit Sramonara Falls during the day, but unlike most other waterfalls, you can also visit the falls in the night. The crystal clear water glistening under the moonlight is a truly breathtaking sight and romantic too.
5. Paradise Waterfall
If someone asked me to describe paradise falls in one word, I would say: ‘fun’. Paradise Falls or Nam Tok Phaeng is the place you want to be to get in touch with the child in you. The entrance is through a restaurant and opens straight onto a large pool. This pool happens to have ropes hanging from the overhead tree breaches that turn the area into a real-life jungle-gym.