As soon as you step foot on the island of Koh Samui, the essence of tropical paradise will overcome you. After having sufficiently sunned yourself there is plenty to explore on this burgeoning and bustling archipelago. Amidst the canopy of coconut trees the adventurous can find some of the most beautiful waterfalls, the crème de la crème being Namuang Falls. Located within the South Coast Inland area, journeying here can be a test of patience and of your navigational skills. Much like the video game frogger, driving on Koh Samui can be all about predicting your next move, avoiding the hazardous bikers and drivers in the middle of the road coming towards you, and finding your turn on streets otherwise unmarked. Ring road does get you around the island, but take enough turns around and you will undeniably encounter an accident. All this aside, the trek is worth it, just remember that slow and steady wins the race.
Namuang Waterfall actually has two tiers of falls. Namuang I is easily reached from the car park off the main road, and showcases cascades from about 30m high tumbling in a deep swimming pool. Namuang II flaunts falls of 80m with several smaller pools, and ensures that you work up a sweat before your plunge, with hikes ranging from about 30min to 60min up steep, rough rock terrain depending on how high you wish to go. Namuang I is popular with most tours and families as it is easily traversed, but if your up for a little bit of a challenge Namuang II will redeem your fatigue with several picturesque falls and solitary moments away from its much busier companion. Not to worry, should you tire and can't wait to get to the bottom for a nice cold Sing, there are a few little snack huts along the way that happily welcome you for a break in the shade. Resting above the hustle and bustle in these serene and secluded falls, enjoy the sounds of the forest and the rush you get from the cool continuous surges at Namuang Falls.
"...this place has the undisputed
best views in Samui..." - Lonely Planet
When to Go to Namuang Waterfall
The best time to visit Namuang is during the cool season, from December to March. Temperatures range from 25 °C/ 77°F to 30 °C/ 86°F. If your looking to add a little icing on the cake, there is also elephant trekking available during the first leg of the trip.
Odds n' Ends
This stop is a popular stop on many jungle trek tours, but you can come here on your own free of cost. Undoubtedly you will be stopped at the front entrance asking for payment for some reason or another, but don't listen. It is absolutely free! Also while en route up hill, once spotted as not with a tour, other local Thai's waiting along the path will try to show you the way, but again kindly decline, as they will look to you for a fee once you reach the top.
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