Tonsai Waterfall in Phuket

One of Phuket's Most Refreshing Nature Attractions

Tonsai Waterfall is a great place to get back to nature in the northeastern part of Phuket. Although it’s inland and far from the beaches, you easily appreciate the scenery along the road from Thalang Town’s junction heading to the falls. This 3-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.

The waterfall itself is more accessible when compared to the one at Bang Pae, but it's not as big or impressive. Still, it's a great cool spot for a day out from the hot Phuket sun.

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Tonsai Waterfall highlights

Tonsai Waterfall is on the western side of Khao Phra Thaeo National Park, a green area of 22.28 sq km. In fact, you can walk through the park from the waterfall to Bang Pae with a hired guide who can help you point out the interesting fauna and flora.

There is also an information centre where you can ask about a guide for hire but all posters and announcements are in Thai script. There's also a 2-km, well-signed trek around the back of the waterfall. Cold drinks and snacks are often available at a small restaurant near the information centre.

If you're interested in tropical plants, you'll enjoy seeing the rare white-backed palms (kerriodoxa elegans). This elegant palm was first discovered in Thailand. It has beautiful big circular leaves shaped pretty much like a fan and is green on the upper surface and white underneath.

Tonsai Waterfall is a nice place for birdwatching. Witness many colourful local birds (the red-billed malkoha, the greater racket-tailed drongo and red-backed sea eagle are among them) as well as those that migrate here every year such as the Siberian blue robin and forest wagtail.

Good to know about Tonsai Waterfall

There are several places where you can sit in the shade and there are ample WC facilities, a carpark, a small children's playground as well as a space available for you to pitch your tent. The gardens are attractively maintained and it's a good spot for an outing as it's very family-orientated.

Local girls often jump into the small natural pool of water and frolic around with their clothes on (T-shirts and shorts). If you don’t want to stand out, avoid wearing a bikini at any Thai waterfall.

Tonsai Waterfall

  • Location: Thep Krasatti, Thalang, Phuket 83110, Thailand
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