Na Muang Waterfalls 1 & 2 are the most well-known falls in Koh Samui, they are very popular but for good reason because they are stunning.
Na Muang Waterfall 1 is very easy to reach and therefore, the most popular of the two.
Na Muang Waterfall 2 takes a little more effort to get to with a hike up to the top but the breathtaking views from the natural infinity pool make it all worthwhile.
The two falls are are very close together but you will still need transport to get between them.
Throughout this guide, I will help you plan your visit and give you clear instructions on how to find each of the falls, as well as the best time to visit, where to stay and what to expect from each one!
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Everything You Need to Know about The Na Muang Waterfalls
How to Get There
The best way to get around Koh Samui and to the Na Muang Waterfalls is by scooter, you can find scooters to rent all around the island often parked up along the main roads. If this method isn’t successful for you then just ask your accommodation, most hotels, Airbnb’s and hostels will have companies they use and can assist you.
Scooter rental here is usually around 200 THB (£5) / 250 THB (£6) per day but this varies with each model and the age of the scooter.
If you are not confident on a scooter then you can call down a taxi or tuktuk to take you around the island, they are often driving up and down the busy roads looking for people who need a ride. Alternatively, Grab is also used on Koh Samui, just like Uber, download the Grab app and select your destination, the price is set and you can pay on your card via the app or cash.
Getting to the falls can be a little confusing, the first time we visited the maps app took us off to a completely different location up the hills!
Follow my step-by-step instructions below for each waterfall to make sure you don’t get lost.
How to Find Na Muang Waterfall 1
Using Google Maps head to ‘Namuang Waterfall’ – make sure not to use iPhone maps as it takes you to another location – this is about a half an hour’s drive from Chaweng and 15 minutes from Lamai.
Follow the small road up to the end where you will see parking on the left and some small cafes and souvenir shops along the right, parking here is 20 THB (50p) for the day.
Once parked up you can take an easy walk up to the waterfall. There are also toilets located here amongst the cafes if you need to change into your swimming suit.
How to Find Na Muang Waterfall 2
Where the pin dropped for Na Muang Waterfall 2 on Google Maps is not reachable by car or scooter. Instead, head to Samui Elephant Kingdom and once you arrive don’t stop, drive past the first parking area and head right.
‼️ Please note that I do not recommend visiting Samui Elephant Kingdom, unfortunately, this sanctuary still uses unethical practices allowing guests to ride on the elephants. If you would like to visit elephants during your stay in Koh Samui please check out Samui Elephant Sanctuary instead.
Keep following this road and you will eventually see a parking area on the right and a steep hill down towards the river.
Park up here and get all your stuff together ready for the hike, you will have to pay a further 30 THB (70p) here to use the parking.
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Best time to Visit the Falls
Koh Samui is a year round destination, however, there are definitely best and worst times to visit depending on what you’re looking for.
Koh Samui is hit by the worst of its rain in the months of October, November and early December, due to this accommodation is much cheaper and the island is usually a lot quieter.
If you are looking to dodge the rain then late December – April are the best months to visit, with the temperature rising and rain decreasing as the year goes on.
What to Expect at The Na Muang Waterfalls
Na Muang Waterfall 1
When you arrive at Na Muang Waterfall 1 you will be blown away by the size of it, this falls is 18 meters high and is quite wide meaning there is a massive amount of water flowing down.
Stand and admire it for a minute while getting hit by its powerful spray.
Waterfall 1 is very popular with the locals, you can often find school kids here jumping off the rocks and playing in the waterfall pool.
We came quite late in the day about 4/5pm so as we got there everyone was getting dry to leave and all the cafes/stalls were packing down for the day. This was quite nice though as we were pretty much the only ones there.
Make sure you bring your swimming suit as the pool is so nice to swim in, it is very deep and there are a few good rocks to jump in from.
We spent an hour or so here admiring the water coming down with such force and jumping and swimming in the pool.
If you would like to avoid the crowds I recommend visiting early morning or late afternoon, when the sun is high during the middle of the day the falls can get very busy.
Na Muang Waterfall 2
The best part about Na Muang Waterfall 2 is the natural infinity pool and the view from the very top of the falls, this is the furthest part to hike to but so worth the climb.
At the bottom of the falls you will find a small shop selling drinks and snacks, if you haven’t got any water with you I recommend buying some here.
Follow the path past the shop along, a rather dodgy-looking, wooden bridge then keep going following it around the pools and rocks.
After a short walk, you will find the main waterfall, this isn’t as large as number 1 but is still a wonderful waterfall that you will want to stop and admire.
As you keep going up the path you will find a few pools along the way that you can stop at to the cool off and take a break, there is also a viewpoint on the left overlooking the jungles and palm trees below.
After the last steep uphill hike, you will come across the top of the falls, here there is a gentle waterfall that leads down into a pool, this then falls into another and falls over the edge like a natural infinity pool.
The view from the top is truly breathtaking and you can see for miles! On a clear day, you can see all the way to Pig island and Tean Island.
‼️ This waterfall is completely exposed at the top and there are no safety barriers, please be mindful when you are moving around as the rocks can get very slippery when wet and many tourists have been injured here.
If you would like to avoid the crowds here too I recommend visiting early morning or end of the day, we visited at around 5 pm just before sunset and it was quiet at times but there were often people coming and going still.
Where to Stay in Koh Samui
Where you choose to stay in Samui is all about what you are looking for out of your time here and your budget.
Chaweng is the number one area for nightlife, here you have a bustling strip filled with bars and restaurants that go on till the early hours of the morning. It is by far the most popular area in Koh Samui and you can find every type of accommodation here. Chaweng Beach is also extremely popular making it a one stop destination for most.
Top tip: We stayed in the Chaweng Modern Villas estate located just out of Chaweng slightly up the hills, it was the perfect location for us as we had easy access to every part of Koh Samui and weren’t too far away to the main restaurant hubs of Chaweng and Fisherman’s Village. These are the two apartments we stayed in there, a one bedroom and a two bedroom.
Chaweng Noi is the best for families, it is out of the way of the hustle and bustle of Chaweng but still close enough to have easy access to restaurants. It also shares the same coastline, meaning the seas are just as beautiful but the beach in Chaweng Noi is much quieter.
Lamai Beach is another good choice for nightlife, it is much quieter than Chaweng but there is still plenty going on here with tons of restaurants and bars. It is a great location for those who don’t want to be completely immersed in the nightlife but would still like access to it. It is also popular with couples as there are a few larger resorts lining the coast here. The beach in Lamai is very long allowing visitors to relax in their own space, it rarely feels overcrowded.
Bophut is a great option for everyone, there is plenty going on here and it has a great long stretch of sandy beach. Located near to Chaweng it won’t take you long to reach central Samui or other popular areas. Fisherman’s Village is a highly rated area on the island, near to Bophut you can find boutique shops, restaurants and bars and a vibrant night market.
Silver Beach is known as one of the best beaches on the island, it is great for snorkelling and its shallower waters make it great for families. Here you can find some exclusive accommodation directly on the beach, each location has a room to suit most travellers.
Maenam is where you will find your quiet romantic getaway, if you’re looking for secluded beaches, adult-only resorts and tranquil surroundings this is where you’ll want to head. The beach is a beautiful stretch of sand with not many beachfront bars allowing you to completely immerse yourself in the natural surroundings.
Taling Ngam is the perfect place to stay if you want to get back in touch with nature, located on the southwest coast of the island this is the most under developed part of Koh Samui, with not much around only a few resorts and restaurants, it allow you the opportunity to take things easy and live slowly while enjoying the unspoilt sunset views.
Lipa Noi located on the west coast is slightly more popular, here you can escape the business of the island but still have great options not too far away. The beach here boasts sunset views and white sand.
Luxury: Cielo Boutique Hotel & Spa Samui
This 5* boutique hotel is located right on Bophut beach and is only a short 5 minute drive from the popular Fisherman’s Village. The modern suites and villas host private terraces and free wifi, the property features a pool, information desk, massage services, parking, beach restaurant serving Mediterranean and Asian dishes, a brand new yoga hub, a mini bar, safety deposit box and toiletries. They also provide shuttle services or car rental for guests convenience.
Mid range: Crystal Bay Yacht Club
This beachfront property is in one of the top locations on Koh Samui, located right on Silver Beach you have direct access to one of the best beaches around. Crystal Bay Yacht Club features villa-style accommodation in a tropical garden surrounding. There is an outdoor pool, children’s pool, restaurant, pool bar and free wifi in all areas. The air-conditioned villas come with private balconies, satellite TV, safety deposit box, tea/coffee maker and ensuite shower rooms. You can choose from a wide range of villas, some with private pools and beachfront locations. Buffet breakfast is served daily along with Thai and Western dishes. Reception staff can assist all guests with excursions, car and scooter rentals and luggage storage.
Budget: PTK Residence
Located just 5 minutes from Chaweng Centre, PTK Residence features air conditioned rooms with balconies, an outdoor pool, free parking and a 24 hour reception desk. All rooms are equipped with satellite TV, fridge and private bathrooms include a shower. At reception guests can arrange tours and excursions around the island, the fitness centre is also available for use at an extra charge.
Visiting the Na Muang Waterfalls was one of our favourite days while in Koh Samui.
Na Muang Waterfall 1 is an exceptional size while Na Muang Waterfall 2 is not quite as big but view from the top makes it just as incredible, the infinity pool then tops that all off!
I hope this guide helps you plan the perfect day while visiting the two waterfalls and you can avoid any confusing diversions with my directions!
I would love to know what you thought of the waterfalls and your time on Koh Samui, please let me know in the comments below.
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