Haew Sai Waterfall (Namtok Haeo Sai)

Khao Yai National Park / Khorat Plateau, Nakhon Ratchasima Province, Thailand

Rating: 1.5     Difficulty: 2.5
Haew Sai Waterfall

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INTRODUCTION

Haew Sai Waterfall contrasted the experience of most of the other waterfalls we encountered in Thailand. That was because this one was a little bit off the beaten track and hence it provided a far quieter and less crowded experience.

From what we could estimate, the falls maybe on the order of 5m or so tall (possibly 25ft tops). However, we saw it at off peak flow so the wide segmented state that we saw it in could very well be joined together into a singular continuous entity. However, if that were the case, the river would also be flooded and access to an acceptable viewing spot might be a dangerous proposition.

As for the quiet and serene experience, during the hour or so that we hiked to and relaxed at the waterfall, we were the only ones on the trail the entire time. Perhaps part of that was because we did the hike in the morning (while most people were still sleeping in their tents, I reckon), but it was still saying something considering how it seemed that everywhere we went there tended to be a crowd.

In order to access this small but attractive waterfall (maybe 10m tall), we had to deviate from the Haew Suwat Waterfall path leading to its base. Then, we took a 1km detour (in each direction) on a much narrower, overgrown, and rough track.

The track wasn't too difficult, but there were a handful of downed trees that we had to limbo under as well as a steep 100m scramble down an embankment. So given all that, I could understand why the signs said we were supposed to go with a guide (which we had one in Pang).




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PHOTO JOURNAL

About 2 hours drive west of Khao Yai and the Haew Sai Waterfall are the riverside ruins of Ayutthaya, which featured ancient prangs and Buddha statuesAbout 2 hours drive west of Khao Yai and the Haew Sai Waterfall are the riverside ruins of Ayutthaya, which featured ancient prangs and Buddha statues
About 3 hours drive southwest of Khao Yai is Bangkok, where attractions like the Grand Palace featured elaborate architectureAbout 3 hours drive southwest of Khao Yai is Bangkok, where attractions like the Grand Palace featured elaborate architecture
Bangkok marked the beginning and end of our long loop of south central Thailand that included Khao Yai National Park. Our brief touring in Bangkok included the Wat Arun shown hereBangkok marked the beginning and end of our long loop of south central Thailand that included Khao Yai National Park. Our brief touring in Bangkok included the Wat Arun shown here
While we were touring Khao Yai National Park, we spotted what appeared to be a grazing deer, which seemed to be pretty rare in this part of Asia exceptWhile we were touring Khao Yai National Park, we spotted what appeared to be a grazing deer, which seemed to be pretty rare in this part of Asia except
Embarking on the signposted detour to the less popular waterfallEmbarking on the signposted detour to the less popular waterfall

The trail was narrow and less developed than for the Haew Suwat waterfallThe trail was narrow and less developed than for the Haew Suwat waterfall

It can get a little overgrown on this trailIt can get a little overgrown on this trail

This hike got us to sweat quite a bit more than the other Khao Yai hikes that we had done up to this pointThis hike got us to sweat quite a bit more than the other Khao Yai hikes that we had done up to this point

Sign indicating we only had a 100m left to goSign indicating we only had 100m left to go

Another look at the fallsAnother look at the Haew Sai Waterfall

Near the Haew Sai and Haew Suwat waterfalls were busy campgrounds like this oneNear the Haew Sai and Haew Suwat waterfalls were busy campgrounds like this one

On the way to the Haew Sai waterfall, we drove by this overlook, but it was too bad that the clouds kind of covered most of the panoramaOn the way to the falls, we drove by this overlook, but it was too bad that the clouds kind of covered most of the panorama


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VIDEOS OF THE FALLS


Sweep from downstream to upstream of the very peaceful waterfall and settings


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DRIVING DIRECTIONS

This waterfall starts from the same car park and uses part of the same trail as that of the Haew Suwat Waterfall. We proceeded on the path to the base of the Haew Suwat Waterfall until we were confronted with a signposted fork. And it was from that point that we took our detour.

For logistics and a few more details about accessing the car park for this falls, see the Haew Suwat Waterfall page.

To give you a sense of context, Pak Chong (where we spent the night) was about 3 hours northeast of Bangkok or 2 hours east of Ayutthaya.




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ITINERARIES

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MAP OF THE FALLS



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TRIP REPORTS

For more information about our experiences with this waterfall, check out the following travel stories.




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TRIP PLANNING RESOURCES




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