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Well Known Waterfalls Near Koh Phangan - Explore the Natural Beauty of Thailand's Party Island

Koh Phangan is best-known for Moon Parties and Beach Festivals, but it is also home to several mesmerising waterfalls. If you're travelling to Koh Phangan, here are a few waterfalls to check out.

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Phaeng Waterfalls

The largest waterfall in Koh Phangan, the Phaeng Waterfalls are actually made up of two waterfalls: Phaeng Yai and the smaller Phaeng Noi. Located in the Thansadej Koh Phangan National Park, the falls are best viewed during the monsoon season when the cascades are heavy. However, be prepared for a difficult uphill trek through dense jungles before you reach the falls, 300 metres up from the start of the path. Once you reach the lower level of the falls, you can cool off at a natural pool where the water flows down. If you're still feeling up to more climbing, hike up another 200 metres to the next level, and enjoy the amazing views over Koh Phangan island.

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Wang Sai Waterfall

If stunning natural pools surrounded by lush tropical plants sound good to you, head over to Wang Sai Waterfall; situated near Haad Mae Haad beach, Wang Sai Waterfall is more like several mini falls of various heights that stream over boulders into natural pools. The falls is also ideal for swimming, especially after heavy rainfall. Natural pools formed out of limestone at the base of the fall are filled with clear water that takes on hues of bright blue and green when the sunlight hits the water.

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Than Prawet

Than Prawet waterfall consists of several waterfalls that flow alongside each other over giant boulders amid an abundance of tropical foliage. The falls flow year-round but are difficult to reach due to dense jungle and lack of signboards to guide travellers. Avid hikers will enjoy the trek, which can be challenging at certain points. Sturdy footwear is highly recommended, and due to the lack of signage, it is advised to travel in a group during daylight hours only.

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Than Sadet Waterfall

Than Sadet waterfall is located on the island's east coast, just minutes away from the splendid beaches and Anantara Rasananda Koh Phangan Villas, one of the Koh Phangan resorts in the area. The waterfall is formed by a series of massive, granite boulders which are connected by natural pools and small cascades that stretch for 3 kilometres. Look out for a boulder with a royal commemorative inscription left by King Rama V during his visit to the falls in the 18th century.

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Paradise Waterfall

Surrounded by high hills and green foliage, Paradise waterfall is a wonderful place to visit during the wet season between October and March. During the dry months, you'll barely see any water at all, so do ask locals before you go if there's water flowing. Paradise falls is made up of cascades that flow along a series of boulders into a large pool that visitors can swim in; during the wetter months, two pools are formed at the base.