The island of Koh Samui offers a wealth of sights and lush nature perfect for the outdoorsy types that simply want to take long hikes, treks or just enjoy relaxing next to some of nature’s most stunning sights.
One of the most famous natural tourist attractions in Koh Samui is the Na Muang Waterfalls, an impressive set of two cascades which sometimes tend to focus tourist’s attention away from the crowded beaches, proving that Koh Samui is not an island paradise, but a complete tourist destination that offers something for everyone.
Located approximately 12 km to the south-east of Nathon Bay, the falls of Na Muang can be reached exclusively by foot. To reach them tourists will simply have to follow a well-marked walking path that leads from the entrance through the natural park and all the way to the falls.
The first waterfall you will reach is called Na Muang 1. It is the larger of the two offering a stunning sight made up of the rocky fall as well as the serene pool that forms underneath. It is also perfectly placed in order to escape the harsh heat. The second waterfall, Na Muang 2, is 30 minutes uphill by foot and while smaller is no less impressive.
Their full name is Namtok Na Muang which translates to “Purple Waterfalls.” The unusual name comes from the purple hue the rock faces get during the day. While the island of Koh Samui offers numerous other waterfalls, the Na Muang waterfalls are unique, being considered the most picturesque natural formation on the island. The Na Muang nature park is a popular destination for family units, offering numerous relaxation and swimming opportunities. There is also an elephant safari camp where informative rides through the jungle are organized. The attraction is extremely popular for families with little ones and most treks also include a stop at the Na Muang waterfalls.
The trek to the waterfalls isn’t totally comprised of jungle with numerous stands that sell souvenirs and local snacks to be found on the way. A good tip for people that want to visit the waterfalls would be to bring some good mountain climbing footwear as some portions of the path can be quite steep and slippery. You won’t need any mountaineering experience and just about any fitness level will do as long as you watch your step and don’t rush. Like most natural attractions in Koh Samui, you will find that there is no entry charge.