Waterfall Guide for Koh Chang – The 7 most beautiful waterfalls on the island

by Arne

Koh Chang is the second largest island in Thailand and is located in the southeast near the border with Cambodia. Derived from the shape of the island, the name translates as elephant island. In fact, many elephants live here, but as a tourist attraction in the worst conditions. The island has become a popular travel destination in recent years. Nevertheless, you will still find lonely beaches and areas away from mass tourism on Koh Chang. Koh Chang is characterized by beautiful beaches and a dense jungle with high mountains in the interior. This combination makes the island particularly attractive for activities such as hiking in the rainforest, diving with exotic fish, or kayaking on the sea. In this post, however, I will show you the 7 spectacular waterfalls on the island. Some of them are well developed for tourists, but for others you have to take an adventurous hike through the jungle. Each waterfall has its own charm and yet they all have something in common: They create an incredible calm from the constant curtain of rays and drops, although there is an extreme dynamic in the water masses.

Discover the beautiful waterfalls on Koh Chang

There are 7 waterfalls in total on the island. The Klong Plu and Than Mayom are well developed for tourism and are accordingly heavily visited and expensive. The others are not very well known and more difficult to reach. For example, not even a path leads to Klong Neung, the highest waterfall on the island. To reach it you must fight your way uphill through the river. Anyway, the best time to visit the falls is October through December. From January the rivers dry up due to the dry season until they slowly fill up again from May. On the map you can see the waterfalls and the respective parking options. Have fun exploring.

1. Klong Plu
2. Than Mayom
3. Klong Jao Leuam
4. Klong Neung
5. Kai Bae
6. Klong Nonsi
7. Khiri Phet

How to get to the island of Koh Chang

The cheapest way to get to the island from Bangkok is by bus or minibus. The buses depart from the Ekamai Bus Terminal, Northern Bus Terminal Morchit and Suvarnabhumi Airport. You can book the buses on site, but in the main season I recommend booking in advance. You can buy tickets in Thailand easily and cheaply in the 123asia app. From Bangkok to Koh Chang* I have had good experiences with it. The minibuses usually go directly to the desired hotel on the island. Buses mostly go only to the ferry pier or to the bus terminal in Trat. It is best to ask beforehand. The journey takes 6-7 hours with breaks.

You are faster with a flight from Bangkok to Trat, which is quite expensive. From Trat you can also travel further towards Cambodia.

Klong Plu waterfall – a tourist highlight for the family

The Klong Plu waterfall (also spelled Khlong Phlu) is the most famous waterfall on the island. Every hotel and tour operator will recommend a trip here. The Klong Plu is accordingly very popular. Therefore, I advise you to visit early in the morning while the tour operators are still collecting the package tourists. The waterfall is easy to get to. From the main road in the west of Koh Chang, an asphalt road leads inland directly to the entrance. Here you will also find a parking lot and some restaurants and shops. The waterfall is operated by the national park, so you have to pay 200 THB (children 100 THB) to enter. Thais only pay 40 THB. From the entrance a 800 meter long path leads to the waterfall, for which you need 15 to 20 minutes.

At the end of the trail you come to a point where you have a great view of the waterfall. The water falls into a large pool where you can bathe and cool off. Rangers take care that nothing happens here. If you float or put your feet in the water, small fish will come and nibble on you. Anyway, I visited the Klong Plu at the end of June. The water level had filled up again and the place was not overrun. Overall, it was a very nice and relaxed day. I can especially recommend it to families as it is easy to get to, you can swim, and it is a big, impressive waterfall.

  • Opening Hours
    8 am - 4:30 pm
  • Entrance Fee
    200 THB (Child 100)
  • Difficulty
    Easy

Than Mayom – The royal waterfall

The Than Mayom is the second well known waterfall on Koh Chang. It is particularly popular with Thais as two previous kings of Thailand visited the site and engraved their initials on the rock. It is located on the east side of the island and can therefore only be reached with your own motorcycle or car (see map). You can park directly at the entrance, where you have to pay 200 THB entry, as with the Klong Plu. If you visit both waterfalls in one day, you only have to pay once. After that you follow a 300 meter long path towards the waterfall.

The path leads you across the river several times and you sometimes have to climb over slippery wet stones. Therefore, mounted ropes ensure a better hold. I recommend wearing waterproof shoes, even if I went barefoot back then. On the way you can also cross a beautiful bridge, but this route leads into the jungle. At that time, we met a large spider that had stretched its web on this bridge.

The waterfall has several levels that carry huge amounts of water. I visited Than Mayom in November. In other months, however, much less water can flow. The lowest level falls into a large pool, in which you can cool off. There are also small fish here. You get closer to the waterfall over high rocks. However, a large sign and a lifeguard with a whistle warn you against jumping into the water. Than Mayom is much less visited than Klong Plu. I think it was a worth the trip. You can swim, the path is quite easy to negotiate and the waterfall is impressive. But the price is too high in my opinion.

  • Opening Hours
    9 am - 4:30 pm
  • Entrance Fee
    200 THB (Child 100)
  • Difficulty
    Easy

Klong Jao ​​Leuam – One waterfall after the other

The Klong Jao ​​Leuam is unknown and not developed for tourism. It is located on private property and is also known as Khlong Chao Lueam. More precisely, this waterfall contains of several successive waterfalls. These are located in the north of the island. In the village of Klong Son, directly at 7-eleven, a road leads inland, which you follow to the end. If you pass the Baan Kwan Chang elephant camp (do not visit!), you are close. At the end of the street you have to cross the river, but you can do this by car or scooter. There is private property on the other side that you can park on. The owner will charge you 40 THB and you can make your way towards the waterfall. You walk uphill through the jungle along the river and finally reach the first level. The waterfall is not particularly spectacular, but still very beautiful. If you follow the path through the dense forest you will come to a dam and after that to the next level. The waterfall has multiple levels, but I didn’t hike to the end.

The path gets narrower and narrower and more and more often you have to cross the river or climb over slippery wet stones. Take good shoes with you and wear sensible socks. Because I ended up with 2 leeches on my ankle. Moreover, I cannot recommend going alone, because there is no phone reception and we did not meet other tourists at the time. If something happens, nobody will be able to help you at first. You are there in the jungle and you should be aware of the dangers that can lurk there besides slippery stones and tree roots. The path is challenging and sometimes adventurous.

I visited Klong Jao ​​Leuam at the end of June when there was already enough water. The waterfalls are not very high, but still worth it. Mainly because you will likely have it all to yourself. In summary, it is a perfect experience for nature lovers and adventure seekers. Only the water pipes that meander along the river destroy the natural image a little.

  • Opening Hours
    8 am - 5 pm
  • Entrance Fee
    40 THB
  • Difficulty
    Medium

On the way back from Klong Jao Leuam there is a small swimming area in the river where you can cool off again. You have to pass the elephant camp (do not visit!) again and after another 1.5 kilometers turn left into an unpaved road. After 300 meters you will reach the river, which can be crossed here by a small dam. It’s a quiet place to swim, but don’t expect anything spectacular. I have marked the bathing area on the map.

Short Facts for your Trip

Klong Neung – The tallest waterfall on Koh Chang

Although the Klong Neung is the highest waterfall on the island, it is the least visited. Because there is no official way to get there, you have to fight your way through the river. However, these efforts are rewarded with a beautiful waterfall. The Klong Neung is located in the south near the village Salakphet. Shortly before the village, you turn into a road towards the interior. After another 30 meters you have to turn right again. The narrow, paved road leads through picturesque coconut bushes and ends after about 1.5 kilometers with a small parking lot. From here a small path leads down to the river on the left. At the end you stand in front of a concrete dam and have to hike the rest of the way up through the river. You have to overcome many obstacles such as tree trunks or high boulders. You will often find the right path only after several attempts. The route is not long, but arduous and exhausting. Shortly before the goal, a huge boulder awaits you, which is best avoided on the left.

The waterfall falls from over 100 meters into a narrow water-filled gorge. You can also go swimming here but expect hundreds of watercourses. Moreover, the high rock walls in the narrow gorge gave me an oppressive feeling while swimming. Nevertheless, the Klong Neung impressed me very much. I visited the waterfall in November, so it had a lot of water. The path is strenuous and sometimes dangerous due to wet rocks and unsecured boulders. I can only recommend the Klong Neung to experienced and capable people with a thirst for adventure. You will probably not meet anyone and are on your own. So only go out in pairs or in a group. In short, it was the best waterfall experience on Koh Chang for me.

  • Opening Hours
    24 hours
  • Entrance Fee
    Free
  • Difficulty
    Hard

Kai Bae Waterfall – Jungle experience in the center of Koh Chang

Unfortunately, I did not visit the waterfall in Kai Bae. It is not very well known as it is not very easy to get to. In Kai Bae you have to turn into a narrow lane inland at the 7-Eleven. The Meechai elephant camp is also located here (do not visit!). At the end of the street you come to a private property with several bungalows. The owner will ask you for 20 to 40 THB and then you can follow a path towards the jungle. This narrow path takes you along the river for 15 minutes and finally ends at the waterfall. Here you can swim and enjoy the sounds of nature. The path is sometimes very slippery, and it is said that snakes often are seen here. Therefore, do not go alone and wear sturdy shoes.

  • Opening Hours
    24 hours
  • Entrance Fee
    20 - 40 THB
  • Difficulty
    Medium

Klong Nonsi Waterfall – Four levels up the river

This waterfall is located near Than Mayom. As soon as you see a soccer field on the side of the road, turn into a narrow, paved road and drive to the parking lot. The way is signposted. From there it is only 50 meters to the first level of the Klong Nonsi waterfall. A path on the left leads to the second level where you can bathe. Most people do not know that you can hike even higher. A more strenuous path leads you to the third level. To reach the fourth level, you must fight your way up the river. I have not been to this place myself. When I get back to Koh Chang, I will definitely take this adventurous route on myself. Few visitors, free entry and an exciting route make the Klong Nonsi very attractive to me.

  • Opening Hours
    24 hours
  • Entrance Fee
    Free
  • Difficulty
    Medium

Khiri Phet Waterfall – The alternative to Klong Plu

The Khiri Phet waterfall is easy to reach and well known by tourists. In the south of the island in Salakphet, an asphalt road leads directly to the parking lot. There you have to follow the left path. This is easy and manageable for everyone. At the end you come to several pools where you can also swim. I did not visit the Khiri Phet as its description sounded rather boring. However, I am happy to be taught better. In short, it’s a free, but smaller, alternative to the Klong Plu waterfall.

  • Opening Hours
    24 hours
  • Entrance Fee
    Free
  • Difficulty
    Easy

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