Phuket waterfalls are not really impressive, but like anywhere in the world they attract kids, teens and locals during the weekend. There are only 3 noticeable waterfalls on the island itself (plus 2 tiny ones). The 2 largest waterfalls are both inside national parks which means there is an entry fee of 200 baht, which can be considered rather high. Bang Pae, the nicest one, is on the eastern part of Phuket and Ton Sai is found further north, not far from Thalang Town on the way to Phuket airport.
Kathu Waterfall is well advertised but is quite small. At least you don’t have to pay to go there. A not well-known cascade is just past Panwa beach and another one is in Layan Beach, on the west coast. Outside Phuket, things get a lot nicer and we’ll add more waterfalls as we discover them.
Bang Pae waterfall, the largest and most popular in Phuket, is 18 meters high, and is always popular on weekends. Lots of Thai people come here with their kids to cool down in the stream. Teens come with their date for a romantic escape, and to jump from the rocks above into the water. Something to try carefully as accidents are not uncommon. Pang Pae i located near the east coast in the central part of Phuket, about twenty kilometers for Phuket Town, Bang Pae is part of the Khao Phra Thaeo National Park, therefore a 200 Baht fee will be required per person. Read more…
Kathu waterfalls are actually quite nice during rainy season as it cascades on four levels. They are almost on every Phuket map and very well indicated on the road when approaching Patong.They are very popular with kids and parents who enjoy playing in the natural pools while enjoying local food sold in carts around. There is no entrance fee as Kathu Waterfalls are not in a national park. If you visit during high season, don’t be surprised if the stream has become small. Read more…
The second largest waterfall on the island is also part of the Khao Phra Thaeo National Park national park, which means here too you will have to pay a 200 baht fee to enter. Quite nice after rainy weeks, it becomes very tiny during high season. Overall it’s not very impressive and not really worth the entry fee. Read more…
4. Ao Yon Waterfall
Not very well known and rather hard to find, Ao Yon waterfall is only visited by few locals who seem to enjoy drinking and dating by the water on weekends. To get there drive along Panwa beach, then past Ao Yon Beach and you will reach a small rocky bay, the road leading to the waterfall is opposite of this bay, follow it for few kilometers.
5. Layan Stream
Layan Beach stream is very, very small, but just because I found it by accident, I decided to add it to the list. To find it you will have to park where the road end, around the Layan Beach Resort and walk on the beach and the muddy mangrove toward the sea. Just nice enough for this photo but we wouldn’t recommend to go all the way to find it.
Waterfalls outside Phuket
6. Ton Phrai Waterfall
Ton Phrai waterfall is one of the nicest cascade outside Phuket island. It’s not really far if you have a car to drive around there. Alternatively some Eco-tours and bike tours include it in their itinerary. Once going out of Phuket take direction Muang Thai and follow Highway #4 for about 27 or 28 km. Follow a small road on the right until the Khao Lampee Thai Muang National Park. A short walk leads to the large pool and superb waterfalls. This is great to end the day with a beer or any cold drink you naturally brought with you just for the occasion.
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Map of Phuket Waterfalls