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Phaeng Waterfall In Koh Phangan – A Complete Guide

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.

How To Get To Phaeng Waterfall

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.

It’s just a five minute drive from Paradise Waterfall and is definitely the most popular of the Koh Phangan Waterfalls.

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.

Phaeng Waterfall Entrance Fee

It is free to visit Phaeng Waterfall.

Parking: 20 Baht.

Phaeng Waterfall Opening Times

Monday – Sunday: 8am – 4pm.

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Charlie arriving at the base of Phaeng Waterfall Koh Phangan.

Best Time To Visit Phaeng Waterfall

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

Photography Camera

Tripod

Day Bag

Power Bank

Reusable Water Bottle

Sunscreen

Lightweight Rain Jacket

Quick Dry Towel

GoPro

Lifeproof Phone Case

Dry Bag

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This is at the very top of the falls, which presumably in wet season, is flowing with water.

What To Expect At Phaeng Waterfall

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!

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This is what Phaeng Waterfall is supposed to look like during or just after monsoon season.
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However this is what Phaeng Waterfall looked like when we visited.

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!

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A sign listing all the places you can also visit at Phaeng Waterfall Koh Phangan
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There are quite a few steps on the hike up making it easy in some places
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But it does get a little challenging, especially in the jungle
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Looking down from the very top of the Phaeng Waterfall hike.

Where To Stay In Koh Phangan

Luxury

Anantara Rasananda Koh Phangan Villas

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.

Planning Your Trip

Book Your Flight

Use Skyscanner to find a cheap flight.

They search websites and airlines around the globe to find you the best possible routes and prices.

Book Your Accommodation

Use Booking.com to find the best accommodation deals.

They consistently return the cheapest rates on everything from guesthouses to hotels for all of your budget needs.

Don’t Forget Travel Insurance

Use SafetyWing to find the best travel insurance for you.

They provide travel and medical incident insurance built specifically for digital nomads.

Travel insurance will protect you against illness, injury, theft, and cancellations.

Book Your Tours & Activities

Use GetYourGuide to book your activities in advance.

They sell the best tours, excursions and activities to attractions around the world.

Conveniently book, download and access your tickets on the move all from your mobile.

Book Your Rental Car

Use RentalCars.com to find the best deals on rental cars in the area.

They compare all major car rental companies and allow you to easily book the perfect vehicle for your trip.

Buy Those Last Minute Bits

Use Amazon to buy everything you need for your adventure.

They offer next day delivery and you can use my travel packing checklist to make sure you haven’t forgotten anything.


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