Phuket Attractions Guide
It's rare to see a Thai family spend a day out on a west coast beach if the sun is shining, so where do they go? The answer is to Phuket's shadier east coast beaches, the parks and the waterfalls. This is where to really cool off and socialise, Thai-style.
The three best-known waterfalls in Phuket are Bang Pae, Ton Sai and Kathu Waterfall. A lesser-known one is just by Ao Yon Noi Beach, near Cape Panwa. Bang Pae and Ton Sai waterfalls are located in the Khao Phra Thaeo National Park in the east of Phuket. The park itself is the last vestige of virgin tropical forest on the island and is home to many exotic animals such as barking deer and various types of monkeys as well as many tropical birds.
Other Waterfalls in Phuket
Ao Yon Waterfall
The way up to the top of this waterfall is quite difficult because of sharp rocks and you will need to wear good shoes as well as good eyesight to follow it. There are several drop pools – all quite small but big enough to bathe in. The jungle closes in after a while but it's a cool and even romantic spot to visit if you are in that area.
- Location: Behind the beach right next to Ao Yon, near Cape Panwa (Ao Yon Noi). To find the waterfall, take the small road at the western end of the beach by the prawn farm and follow it to its end. 100 metres to the right of the parking there is a small path leading up the hill.
Bang Pae Waterfall at Khao Phra Thaeo National Park in Thalang, north of Phuket Town is a popular recreational spot for islanders. They use the site as a picnic place and for a fun swimming destination in the wet season, as well as enjoying a meal at the restaurants near the car park, by the lake and outside the gates. Read More...
- Opening Hours: All year round. Best time to go is around 09:00 – 16:30, so that you can spend time at the Gibbon Rehabilitation Centre, too.
- Location: Take the east turnoff from the Heroine's Monument roundabout on the island's main artery, Thepkasattri Road, and head towards the national park. Follow this road for about nine kilometres until you reach the signage by an elephant camp then turn left.
- Price Range: 200 baht per person for tourists (National Park fee)
Mention Kathu Waterfall to many visitors to Phuket and they will instantly conjure up mental images of hundreds of feet of water freefalling perpendicularly into a massive pool. Kathu Waterfall is nothing like this; rather it’s a series of drop pools that sometimes are gushing with rainwater and sometimes not. Read More...
- Location: Turn left at the traffic lights by the Caltex Gas Station onto Route 4020 (if coming from Patong) and continue for one kilometre until you see a black marble sign for the waterfall. Turn left again onto 'Thanon Namtokkathu' Kathu Waterfall, Street.
Get back to nature by visiting a lovely waterfall at Tonsai in the northeastern part of Phuket. Although it’s inland and far from the beachs, visitors will appreciate the scenery along the road from Thalang Town’s junction heading to the fall. This three-kilometre road has delightful rural views and farmland and things get even get better once there with the green virgin forest and its peaceful surroundings. Read More...
- Location: Thalang
- Price Range: 200 baht per person for non-Thais (National Park fee)
- How to get there: Take the road east at Thalang’s main traffic lights and follow the signs. The fall is only three kilometre away from the turn. If coming from Phuket Town, Tonsai is about 20km away.