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. Indeed, we’ve been waterfalling in the country’s south as well as its north and west.
In addition to the historic Sukhothai area as the remote Umphang Wildlife Sanctuary, among the country’s central and western waterfalling highlights included the Thi Lo Su Waterfall as well as the Khlong Lan Waterfall.
Finally, our northern waterfalling highlights included Mae Ya Waterfall and the multi-tiered Mae Sa Waterfall. These complemented perfectly the happening Chiang Mai, the thermal springs of Pong Dueat, and the country’s highest peak in Doi Inthanon.
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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