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 our visit to this country certainly made us very aware of how much the people here embrace Buddhism. We can't count how many times we had visited these sacred temples, each time requiring us to take off our shoes and walk barefoot on the sun-baked holy grounds.
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, and that was where we found the waterfalls. For the purposes of this website, we're dividing up the Thailand Waterfalls into the following subregions - Southern Thailand
, Central Thailand
, and Northern Thailand
. These subregion divisions may seem arbitrary, but given our humble sampling of waterfalls, we thought this was the best way to keep our list sizes managable.
We're defining the Southern Thailand subregion to be the area around Bangkok and all the way to the south towards the border with Malaysia. We're including the provinces immediately around Bangkok such as Kanchanaburi, Nakhon Ratchasima, Nakhon Nayok, Prachin Buri, Ayutthaya, Suphan Buri, and Sa Kaeo. All provinces further south of the aforementioned provinces belong in this subregion. So obviously the famous Phuket area would also belong here, even though we didn't see any waterfalls during our visit. Some of the waterfalls we've seen in this area include the Erawan Waterfalls
as well as the Haew Narok Waterfall
The Central Thailand subregion is kind of a catch-all region between (but not including) the immediate Bangkok area to the south and including the Sukhothai area to the north. So this encompassed some of the wildest parts of Thailand that we were able to visit such as the Umphang Wildlife Sanctuary and the Death Highway in the Tak Province. We're also including all the provinces further to the east even though we didn't get a chance to visit this vast chunk of the country yet. Perhaps the big waterfalling highlight of this subregion is the Thi Lo Su Waterfall
, but we also had a really nice waterfall experience at the Khlong Lan Waterfall
Finally, the Northern Thailand subregion consists of all the provinces north of Sukhothai and Phitsanulok. So this encompasses Chiang Mai, which we thought was the main city and province of the area. And it turned out that there were many impressive waterfalls to be found not far from the city. Of course, the city itself charmed us with its night markets and historic city center. It also turned out that Thailand's highest peak in Doi Inthanon was also in this subregion, and a handful of the larger waterfalls we had seen in the country were tumbling down its slopes.
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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