By Paula Parker
The waterfalls in Phuket are quiet small compared to the waterfalls found in Northern Thailand.
Although they are still worth a visit if you can drag yourself away from the beach for a few hours.
The waterfalls are at their best from June to November, with September and October being the best time to visit.
If you visit the waterfalls in the dry season you will see nothing more than a trickle of water.
The best known waterfalls in Phuket are Ton Sai, Bang Pae and Kathu Waterfalls.
Ton Sai Waterfall is located In Khao Phra Thaew National Park .
At the park entrance you can find a couple of restaurants, a small playground for the kids as well as toilet facilities. Access to the waterfall is only a short walk from the parking lot.
The waterfall is small although during the rainy season there is large volumes of water that flow from it. There is also an information centre and a two kilometre well signed walking trek around the back of the waterfall.
If you are up to it you can take an eight kilometre trek through the jungle across Khao Phra Thaew National Park to Bang Pae Waterfall.
At the information centre there are maps of the park and guides available to take you through the jungle.
A 200 baht admission fee is charged to enter the National Park; although if you go to both Ton Sai and Bang Pae waterfalls you will only be required to pay once, so keep your ticket handy.
How To Get There
Drive north up Thepkrasattri Road then turn right at the Thalang traffic lights, you will drive for around five kilometres through rubber plantations before you come to the entrance of the park.
Bang Pae Waterfall is also located in Khao Phra Thaew National Park and is the largest waterfall in Phuket.
There are restaurants and food stalls that can be found near the carpark.
Follow the path along the stream, the 600 metre walk can be slightly challenging in parts and can be a little slippery.
You will find rock pools along the way that you can swim in to cool off.
This is where you will also find the Gibbon Rehabilitation Project.
As Bang Pae waterfall is in the National Park there is an entry fee of 200 Baht per person.
How To Get There
From Phuket Town, drive north up Thepkraattri Road for about 20 kilometres then turn right at the Heroines Monument circle onto road 4027.
Follow the road for another 9 kilometres until you reach an elephant camp, then turn left.
Kathu Waterfall is located in Kathu District, there are the usual restaurants and food stalls near the car park.
Next to the carpark runs a stream of cascading water and a few rock pools, cross the bridge over the stream and climb the stairs.
About halfway up the stairs there are two large man made pools where you can have a swim to cool off before continuing to the top, from here you can view the water falling down the hill.
There is no entry fee to visit Kathu Waterfall as it is not located within a National Park.
How To Get There
From Patong, drive north over the hill onto Wichitsongkram Road.
Turn left at the traffic lights onto 4020 Road for about 1 kilometre, you will see a black marble sign for the waterfall on your left.
It is located near Loch Palms Golf Course, if you reach the golf course you have missed the turn off.
If you are holidaying on the Island in September or October it is definitely worth a visit to one of these three waterfalls in Phuket.
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