Thi Lor Jor Waterfall (Namtok Thilawjaw)

Umphang Wildlife Sanctuary, Tak Province, Thailand

Rating: 1.5     Difficulty: 1
Thi Lor Jor Waterfall (or Teelorjor)

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INTRODUCTION

The Thi Lor Jor Waterfall was kind of a bonus waterfall to us because we noticed it as sort of an incidental attraction along a river journey that took us from the village of Umphang to somewhere close to the Thi Lo Su Waterfall. That river journey was a three-hour rafting trip where the falls was somewhere in the beginning quarter or third of the ride. I believe the river journey was the only way this waterfall could be seen.

In the wet season, I'd bet the weeping walls would become much more forceful rushes of water. When we went in late December, the falls were dropping gently into the river below (since it was the start of the Dry Season). The tour we were on was luckily timed well as we got to see a double rainbow in the mist of this waterfall while seeing the falls glow in the sideways morning light once we got past it and looked back at it.

There were also other smaller weeping-wall-like waterfalls along the banks of the river though we had trouble telling one waterfall from the next. In fact, it was conceivable that the falls could very well be part of the same tributary system (i.e. they were all different segments of the same waterfall!).

As for the rafting tour, it featured more than just this waterfall. In addition to the nearly pristine jungle scenery (much of this area was undeveloped), there was also a stop we made at some kind of thermal spring where it was possible to dip into the geothermally heated waters there. That stop was one of the few developed spots along the river.

I've seen this waterfall also referred to as Namtok Thilawjaw as well as Namtok Teelorjor. Once again, I believe these multiple spellings have to do with the inexact and non-standard way of trying to romanize Thai pronunciations.




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PHOTO JOURNAL

A different raft tour group chilled out at a small area where it was possible to take pictures in front of the lightflowing waterfallA different raft tour group chilled out at a small area where it was possible to take pictures in front of the lightflowing waterfall
While at the geothermal springs stop, we saw this gibbon swinging by itself, but unfortunately, we sensed that it was abducted by a local who then trained it to perform for tipsWhile at the geothermal springs stop, we saw this gibbon swinging by itself, but unfortunately, we sensed that it was abducted by a local who then trained it to perform for tips
Just to even get to the Umphang Wildlife Sanctuary (where this waterfall is found), we had to be driven on a long twisty road that was once called the Death HighwayJust to even get to the Umphang Wildlife Sanctuary (where this waterfall is found), we had to be driven on a long twisty road that was once called the Death Highway
Our songthaew carrying the raft that we were probably going to ride inOur songthaew carrying the raft that we were probably going to ride in

The put in point of our rafting journeyThe put in point of our rafting journey

Now it was our turn to get into the waterNow it was our turn to get into the water

Rafting through the Umphang Wildlife Sanctuary with its dark jungles and tall cliffs lit up by the morning sunRafting through the Umphang Wildlife Sanctuary with its dark jungles and tall cliffs lit up by the morning sun

We noticed this interesting cave high up on the cliff while we were rafting through the Umphang Wildlife SanctuaryWe noticed this interesting cave high up on the cliff as we were rafting through the Umphang Wildlife Sanctuary

Most of the scenery looked like this throughout much of the river adventureMost of the scenery looked like this throughout much of the river adventure

Very tiny waterfall en route to Thi Lor JorVery tiny waterfall en route to the Thi Lor Jor Waterfall itself.

Approaching the smaller waterfall before Thi Lor JorApproaching the smaller waterfall before Thi Lor Jor

Looking ahead at another series of weeping waterfalls trickling off the overhanging cliffs and into the river belowLooking ahead at another series of weeping waterfalls trickling off the overhanging cliffs and into the river below

Looking back at a smaller weeping waterfall en route to Thi Lor JorLooking back at a smaller weeping waterfall en route to Thi Lor Jor

Approaching what I believe to be the Thi Lor Jor Waterfall itselfApproaching what I believe to be the Thi Lor Jor Waterfall itself

Getting closer to the Thi Lor Jor Waterfall itself with a rainbow shining in its mistGetting closer to the waterfall itself with a rainbow shining in its mist

Now we were within the Thi Lor Jor Waterfall itself with the rainbow now becoming a double rainbowNow we were within the waterfall itself with the rainbow now becoming a double rainbow

Looking back at the Thi Lor Jor Waterfall with the benefit of sidelighting from the sunLooking back at the waterfall with the benefit of sidelighting from the sun

After the Thi Lor Jor Waterfall, we then went further down the river and stopped at some kind of remote geothermal area where people could dip in this geothermally heated natural poolAfter the main waterfall, we then went further down the river and stopped at some kind of remote geothermal area where people could dip in this geothermally heated natural pool

The more the day wore on, the fog burned off, the shadows got shorter, and the rest of the river tour pretty much looked like this until we got to the landing spot to exit our raft tourThe more the day wore on, the fog burned off, the shadows got shorter, and the rest of the river tour pretty much looked like this until we got to the landing spot to exit our raft tour


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VIDEOS OF THE FALLS


Sweep from bottom (with rainbow) to the weeping top


Looking back at the waterfall with sidelighting from the sun


The captive gibbon who knows how to swing on his own during our Umphang Wildlife Sanctuary river rafting tour after having visited the Thi Lor Jor Waterfall


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DRIVING DIRECTIONS

In our experience, this waterfall shares the same excursion as that of Namtok Thi Lo Su. The only difference was that we put in the water from somewhere near the village of Umphang (which was also where the raft tour operator was based). The end point was near campsite at the Thi Lo Su Waterfall.

For logistics on getting all the way to Umphang, see the Namtok Thi Lo Su page.

For general context, it was about 6.5 hours drive south on the Death Highway to go from Mae Sot to Umphang. Mae Sot was 351km (5 hours drive) south of Chiang Mai. Chiang Mai was roughly 700km north of Bangkok. It would take around 9 hours to drive or a little over an hour to fly between the cities.




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ITINERARIES

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TRIP REPORTS

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