Phaeng Waterfall Koh Phangan is supposedly the island’s greatest and tallest waterfall, but only in wet season. Here’s why you should skip it in dry season.
Phaeng Waterfall is located right in the middle of the island of Koh Phangan. Which conveniently has a perfect tarmac road running straight through it.
If you’re looking for transport to and from Koh Phangan, you can pre-book all of your Lomprayah transfers.
We stayed in the Thong Sala area of Koh Phangan and rented scooters for 180 Baht per day.
This is definitely the easiest way to explore the island and took roughly 15 minutes to reach Phaeng Waterfall from Thong Sala Pier.
For those short on time, or that prefer everything to be organised for them, there are some awesome tours on Get Your Guide available to book in advance.
Parking: 20 Baht
Daily: 8am – 4pm
Best Time To Visit Phaeng Waterfall + Tips
The best time to visit any waterfalls in Koh Phangan is just after the monsoon season or after a heavy rainfall.
Monsoon season runs from July – September. However, there can still be heavy rainfall in other months making the waterfalls worth a visit.
We recommend checking the weather forecast beforehand to save an underwhelming experience like ours!
What To Pack
Supposedly, Phaeng Waterfall Koh Phangan is the greatest and tallest waterfall on the island and we are sure that, in the right season, it can be satisfyingly beautiful.
We unfortunately visited at the end of July when it was super dry, with no water whatsoever!
There are two main waterfalls within the park, Phaeng Waterfall (also known as Phaeng Noi Waterfall) and Khan Ban Dai Waterfall.
When you arrive at the national park you will first pass Phaeng Waterfall on the lower trail near to the entrance. This is the most famous waterfall and the star attraction. Although on the day we visited it was bone dry!
It’s huge in size and you cannot climb or get near it, however we imagine it is beautiful to capture in the right season!
The Second Waterfall
Khan Ban Dai Waterfall, is around 500 metres up the jungle trail and it trickles all the way down. If you enjoy hiking we recommend climbing to the top.
The hike up to the top can be quite challenging in places, but there are parts of the jungle trail with concreted steps. It’s not super strenuous and can be done in less than 45 minutes at a real slow pace.
If you visit in the dry season like us, then it’s still a beautiful trek and there are plenty of places to stop and freshen up in the small water pools if the hike gets a little clammy!
Where To Stay In Koh Phangan
Located along beautiful Tong Nai Pan Noi Beach, Anantara Rasananda Koh Phangan Villas offers spacious villas and suites with free WiFi, private pool and terrace.
It also features a fitness room. With a modern Thai design villas and suites feel very traditional.
Situated in a garden setting, rooms comes with a 32-inch LCD TV with Apple TV, home entertainment system and iPod docking station.
Mid-Budget – Le Divine Comedie Beach Resort
Le Divine Comedie Beach Resort features a unique and stylish design with a private terrace.
This beachfront property boasts an outdoor infinity pool and on-site parking facilities.
Free WiFi is available throughout the hotel. Le Divine Comedie Beach Resort is located 5 miles away from Haad Rin.
Each room has its own character. The rooms include air conditioning, a minibar and as well as a safety deposit box.
All en suite bathrooms come with free toiletries and shower facilities.
Budget – Oasis Hostel
Situated in Thongsala, within 900 yards of Thongsala Pier and 650 yards of Thongsala Walking Street, OASIS hostel offers free WiFi.
All rooms feature a kitchen and a shared bathroom. All units at the hostel also come with a seating area.
Guest rooms will provide guests with a microwave. A continental breakfast is available daily at the property.
For more places to stay in Koh Phangan, you can check the latest prices on Booking.com.