The rivers and streams in Phuket provide numerous waterfalls, creeks and natural pools. All of the three most popular waterfalls are located in national parks and are well worth checking out. There is a fee of 200 baht to enter the parks, with the funds going towards the conservation of these natural sites. Though they run year round, the waterfalls are obviously most impressive during the rainy season.
Ton Sai Waterfall
Ton Sai is a small waterfall surrounded by trees and creating watercourses and pools that provide an idyllic scene. Although the actual waterfall is small, the surrounding jungle is a beautiful place to explore and the waterfall is home to many ancient trees including the rare White Back Palms. It is located near Thalang Town, approx. 22km’s from Phuket Town. There is also a small restaurant at the visitor centre, with a beautiful view of the forest.
Address: Khao Prataew. 254 Moo 2, Thepkrasattri Rd, Thalang. Phone: 076 311 998. Open daily 08.30 to 16.30. Admission: Adult 200 Baht. Children 100 baht.
Bang Pae Waterfall
Bang Pae Waterfall actually runs from the same mountain as Ton Sai, but on the other side. Bang Pae is the largest waterfall in Phuket and cascades from a cliff face at a height of 17 metres. The water continues through the mossy rocks running into numerous pools, some big enough for swimming which is another good reason to visit. Surrounded by the sights and sounds of the jungle, it is a beautiful area perfect for a days retreat from the hustle and bustle of the towns and cities. The Bang Pae Waterfall is also home to the Gibbon Rehabilitation Project, a project organized to return domesticated gibbons back to the wild. If you’re lucky you may also spot some of the local wildlife that come to the stream to use the watering holes.
Kathu Sai Waterfall
The Kathu Sai waterfall is quite small and has been artificially altered help it run more effectively. As with the others, it is most active during or shortly after the rainy season. There is still plenty of beautiful nature to be enjoyed in the area and for those feeling the need for some exercise there is a staircase leading up the mountain to a height of 130m. Along the way there are nice places to relax with tables and chairs provided. There are also many other paths leading through the jungle, perfect for some risk free exploring. There are also snack stalls and a Swiss/Thai restaurant and the waterfall is only a 10 minute walk from the parking area.