Na Mueang Waterfalls is one of the major attractions in Ko Samui. It got its name from the purplish hue of the rock where the water cascades. The falls is located farther inland than most of the island attractions. It is an easy 10-kilometer drive from the town of Na Thon. From the highway, you will find a paved road that leads to the waterfalls. The place has a small parking area. If you get tired of the beach and all the water sports activities, you can visit the falls for a relaxing break.
The waterfall has two tiers. The first is called Na Mueang 1 and is 18 meters high. It is easily accessible through a short walk from the paved road. Na Mueang 2 is about 79 meters high and is farther uphill. You can reach this second tier by walking at least 30 minutes up in the jungle. You may also take an elephant trek wherein you ride the back of an elephant that treks through the mountain trail going to the falls. You will pay a small fee for the latter but it makes the trip so much fun. The elephants are stationed near the small parking area.
From the parking area, there are small stalls along the trail that leads to Na Mueang Waterfalls. The stalls sell souvenir items like shirts, handicraft, and shawls. Some stalls sell food and drinks. The food is very affordable. It gives a taste of genuine Thai cooking and is well worth your money.
Just near the falls, you will find Namuang Safari Park. Here you will find amusing monkey shows that are entertaining to watch. The park also offers elephant rides to tourists. If you are traveling with children, they will surely enjoy the elephant rides and monkey shows in the safari park.
Some Eco Tours include a trip to Na Mueang Waterfalls in their itinerary and even allow the tourists time to swim in the natural pool. It is usually part of a tour package that includes a trip to see the monkey show, elephant trekking, a demonstration of how coconut oil is produced, and a demonstration of how authentic Thai curry is cooked. The trip can also include a visit to Kunaram temple where the remains of monk Louang Phor Daeng lie. The monk’s body is said to have not decayed even after more than 30 years since his death, and that’s why he is also called the mummified monk. After going to these sites, the tour passes by One Tambon One Product to let the tourists see a showcase of Ko Samui’s best handicraft products made from coconut. Eco Tours like this include round trip transfers to and from your hotel.
The Eco Tours are more convenient than going to the falls independently because they arrange everything for you. But whichever way you prefer, when you witness the beauty of Na Mueang Waterfalls, especially Na Mueang 2, you will agree that it is worth the trip. Just a reminder, though: don’t go there during the driest season on the island because the water will be thin and not as beautiful as in other months.