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Namuang Waterfall Koh Samui is one of the few waterfalls on the island. Important to realize is that there are 2 Namuang waterfalls very close to each other, but still, you need transport to get from waterfall 1 to waterfall 2. Because Namuang waterfall 1 is so easy to reach, it is the most popular of both. However, at Namuang waterfall 2 you will have breathtaking views over the jungle when hiking to the top of the waterfall. There you will find two natural pools overlooking the jungle with countless palm trees. However, always be careful because the rocks can be slippery and some tourists already fell to death here. So in this blog post you will find all the information about Namuang waterfall to prepare you for a safe and fun visit to Namuang waterfall Koh Samui. 

How to get to Namuang Waterfall Koh Samui

Namuang Waterfall is situated in the middle of Koh Samui island. Make sure you download Google Maps offline so you can easily navigate on the road. Namuang waterfall 1 is easily reachable via car or scooter where you park your vehicle for 20 Baht. But the Namuang waterfall 2 is part of a tourist park. You have to drive another 10 minutes from waterfall 1 before you reach the car park from Namuang waterfall 2. You have to pay another 30 Baht parking fee but you can redeem your parking ticket for a small bottle of water. After that, the hike towards the waterfall begins. It is about 10 – 15 minutes walking up and downhill and there are signs pointing to the Namuang waterfall 2 everywhere.

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There are elephants for a ride to the waterfall. BUT PLEASE DON’T EVER RIDE ELEPHANTS!! We hope you understand this is an unethical tourist attraction. It broke our hearts to see the elephants being captivated and tortured only to take tourists on their back to walk to the waterfall… And what’s better then have some exercise yourself towards the waterfall?!

The scenery walking towards the waterfall is beautiful and takes about 15 minutes. Once you arrive at the bottom part of the Namuang waterfall 2 you can explore the area, but please be careful and don’t climb the rocks as they can be super slippery. There is an option to hike all the way to the top of the Namuang 2 waterfall for the viewpoint and natural pools. However, several tourists died doing this. You can Google yourself and find the news articles from 2015, 2017, 2018 and 2019 of tourists falling to death at Namuang waterfall. This is not to scare you, but just please be aware of the risks of slippery rocks.

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The path to the base of Namuang waterfall 2 is easy and beautiful

What to expect at Namuang Waterfall Koh Samui

Namuang is one of the more impressive and well-developed waterfalls of Koh Samui. There are actually two waterfalls to see, the first of which is easily reached by car or scooter while the second one is further upstream and is reached by a short walk through nature. The first waterfall is around 18-meters high and flows into a natural pool, which offers the chance for a refreshing dip. The second waterfall is more upstream and tucked away in the jungle. With a height of 80 meters it’s a spectacular one, but only in rainy season right after! Otherwise you won’t have that much water going down 😉

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There are a few important things to realize before you visit Namuang waterfall on Koh Samui. There is Namuang waterfall 1 (photo above) and Namuang waterfall 2. Namuang waterfall 1 is on a different location than Namuang waterfall 2. Both can be easily found on Google maps. But to get to Namuang waterfall 2 you have to put in a little bit more effort. Just a tip: if you’re in dry season, check with local people if it’s worth it to get all the way to this waterfall. We got there, but there was almost no water so not really a waterfall to see, only some rocks surrounded with jungle (photo below). The best time to explore the Koh Samui waterfalls is right after rainy season or during the rainy season of course!

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Koh Samui weather

If you are planning to visit Koh Samui, of course you want to go in the best months with the driest days. The monsoon usually lasts from October through December with November as the wettest month. February and March, on the other hand, are the sunniest months. January is (statistically) the coolest month and April the hottest time of the year. Broadly you can travel to Koh Samui from January until October to have the best chance on a sunny vacation.

Where to stay on Koh Samui

This depends on what you are looking for and what your budget is. There is plenty of choice considering the Samui hotels or beach resorts. If you’re looking for entertainment and nightlife you have to stay around the Chaweng area. But if you’re more into relaxing and quiet beaches, then book your accommodation around the more in the south or around Maenam beach area as it’s much quieter.

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