Staying in Khao Lak means great beaches, lots of sunshine and just a great way to relax – but it also means great nature surrounding you. Khao Lak is actually famous for its natural park.
The whole park covers 125 square kilometres and runs in a west to east direction, including beaches and mountains. The park actually extends into four different districts and is ideal for hiking, forest walks and viewing wildlife.
There are some great nature trails to explore but we only decided to go to one of the larger waterfalls, given it was hot and humid and we only wanted to take a short stroll rather than a proper hike.
Chong Fah Waterfalls has several pools but we only went to visit the first one which is a single 10 metres drop with a pool at the base.
To get there we had to take a tuk tuk from the market stalls at Bang Niang. After 10 minutes on the road we went along a rough jungle track. When we came to a gate, the tuk tuk driver stopped and from there we walked for 25 minutes on a forest path to reach the first pool of the waterfall.
The walk is clearly sign-posted and easy to navigate. It is easy to walk, but be prepared for mosquitos and take some water/food with you. There is no where to restock your supplies so you need to bring everything along that you’ll need for a time-out at a waterfall.