Waterfalls of Thailand

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Thailand Waterfalls are abundant throughout this roughly leg-of-lamb-shaped country that spans the steamy jungle and white-sand beaches with reef-fringed lagoons to the south to its more forested and mountainous borders to the north, west, and east. Visiting all of these waterfalls is a major feat and we haven't even come close to seeing even an appreciable fraction of them (though we certainly tried)!

The country offers more than waterfalls, however. The beaches and coral reefs to the south of Thailand include famous names like Phuket, Patong Beach, Phang-nga Bay, James Bond Island, Phi Phi Don, Phi Phi Lei, Ko Samui, Krabi, and Maya Beach among others. As you might have guessed such places have also featured in movies and have since become major tourist resort destinations.

Sprinkled throughout the country are numerous temples containing wats, chedis, and prangs. Many of these contain Buddha statues, and a visit to this country will make you very aware of how much the people here embrace Buddhism. You can't visit the country without taking off your shoes and stepping foot into at least one of these sacred places.

Add to all that some distinctly Thai features like the Thai massage, the fiery spicy Thai food (and we're talking about the real thing here despite what you might've had back at home), and even Muay Thai kickboxing and you have a bon-a-fide tourist destination. There's also no shortage of local markets and night markets. Even the friendliness and charm of the people best exemplified with their bow-with-hands-in-prayer-configuration gesture accompanied with "Sa Wa Di Kaa/Krap" (Hello) or "Kahp Kuhn Kaa/Krap" (Thank You) is overwhelmingly infectious.

But above all that, we managed to squeeze in time to visit the pockets of Nature where wildlife might still be found like at Khao Yai National Park or the Umphang Wildlife Sanctuary. And where there's Nature, there's bound to be waterfalls. The ones in Thailand are both diverse and numerous from the shapely and colorful limestone varieties (e.g. Erawan Waterfalls) to the bush-clad behemoths (e.g. Thi Lo Su Waterfall) to the terraced stairstepping cascades (e.g. Mae Ya Waterfall).

Indeed, this country can hold its own when it comes to its misty offerings. And we've only scratched the surface of what can be seen with our limited time and resources. Certainly, this is a major excuse to make a return trip!

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Thi Lo Su Waterfall

4 Thi Lo Su Waterfall (Nam Tok Tee Lor Su)

Umphang Wildlife Sanctuary, Tak
Mae Ya Waterfall

4 Mae Ya Waterfall (Nam Tok Mae Ya)

Doi Inthanon National Park, Chiang Mai
Khlong Lan Waterfall

3.5 Khlong Lan Waterfall (Nam Tok Khlong Lan)

Khlong Lan National Park, Kamphaeng Phet
Mork Fa Waterfall

3 Mork Fa Waterfall (Nam Tok Mork Fah)

Doi Suthep-Pui National Park, Chiang Mai
Mae Sa Waterfall

1.5 Mae Sa Waterfall (Nam Tok Mae Sa)

Doi Suthep-Pui National Park, Chiang Mai
Mae Klang Waterfall

3 Mae Klang Waterfall (Nam Tok Mae Klang)

Doi Inthanon National Park, Chiang Mai
Wachirathan Waterfall

3.5 Wachirathan Waterfall (Nam Tok Vachirathan)

Doi Inthanon National Park, Chiang Mai
Siriphum Waterfall

3 Siriphum Waterfall (Nam Tok Siribhum)

Doi Inthanon National Park, Chiang Mai
Pha Charoen Waterfall

2.5 Pha Charoen Waterfall (Nam Tok Pha Charoen)

Mae Sot, Tak
Thararak Waterfall

1.5 Thararak Waterfall (Nam Tok Thararak)

Mae Sot, Tak
Thi Lor Jor Waterfall

1.5 Thi Lor Jor Waterfall (Nam Tok Thilawjaw)

Umphang Wildlife Sanctuary, Tak
Erawan Waterfall

2.5 Erawan Waterfall (Nam Tok Erawan)

Erawan National Park, Kanchanaburi
Haew Narok Waterfall

2.5 Haew Narok Waterfall (Nam Tok Haeo Narok)

Khao Yai National Park, Nakhon Ratchasima
Haew Suwat Waterfall

2 Haew Suwat Waterfall (Nam Tok Haeo Suwat)

Khao Yai National Park, Nakhon Ratchasima
Haew Sai Waterfall

1.5 Haew Sai Waterfall (Nam Tok Haeo Sai)

Khao Yai National Park, Nakhon Ratchasima

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