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“Be very Careful”
Review of Na Muang Waterfall

Na Muang Waterfall
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Koh Samui Island Half-Day Tour
Ranked #44 of 135 things to do in Ko Samui
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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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“Be very Careful”
Reviewed 3 October 2011

Na Muang waterfall though very picturesque is I feel an accident waiting to happen.

It is by no means geared up for tourists. The steps leading down to the waterfall are broken and crumbling and quite steep. There is a dry rocky riverbed to cross filled with little puddles of water.

A look from the bottom of the stps should suffice for most and pictures can be taken here.

The waterfall ends in a medium sized pool filled with swimmers and bathers. The water is muddy and cold. There are large rock outcroppings from which local thai tourists were jumping into the pool. The actual depth of the pool is uncertain and nobody I asked was sure, except to say its very deep.

There are no lifeguards here. I saw a tourist floundering in the water and was pulled out by the local thai tourists.

There is another waterfall called Na Muang 2, which is 80 m higher than this one and entails a very steep climb to reach it. Our Thai friend dissuaded us from going.

The entrance to the waterfall has a few restaurants and kiosks and a few souvenier shops.

There is a small entrance fee to see the waterfall.

A trip just to see the waterfall is not worth it. Again if you have your own transport and are passing by, its worth a look, but you have not missed out if you skip this attraction completely.

I would advise the very young and the aged to be very very careful here. Do not go if its rainging as the rocks would get very slippery.

Visited September 2011
9 Thank Binu A
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“Save yourself the rip-off and drive there yourself!”
Reviewed 21 August 2011

We have been here twice, and both times were coned into paying to go in their "safari 4WD" to get there. This alone is scary (who knows if they even have a licence and if the cars are actually serviced to a safe level??)
So we negotiated the price down (could only get it to 180 Baht per person) and off we went. When we went with friends we noticed that there were people there who hadn't come on the 4WDs and looked further to realise that there is a much safer (and FREE) road that you can drive up to get to the waterfall where you can go swimming. They are totally running a scam saying that you cannot get there yourself when there is a perfectly good sealed and FREE road you can drive up and it only takes about 2 mins to get to the car park. the way they get you is that it is signed "restaurant and pool" (which is really the waterfall). we know for next time atleast. make sure you also go when there has been some recent rain otherwise you are swimming in pretty stagnant water.
Apart from a waste of time and money (and being conned is part of visiting thailand) i would say this is a great place to visit.
If you want a bit of a thrill, go on the 4WD, it will be an experience- but in my opinion, its only a matter of time before someone is seriously injured or even killed while using this tour.

Visited August 2011
3 Thank Tarah H
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Ripon, United Kingdom
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“Total waste of money”
Reviewed 12 August 2011

If you go to the waterfall - which is lovely dont be ripped off by the elephant ride. We booked an hour as we were told it was the only way to see the waterfall. Infact you cant see the waterfall from the elephant ride. Book the shortest if you want a ride (which is good) but the longer ones use the same route but just let the elephants rest!!!
The staff were rude and not friendly. The elephants were lovely

Visited July 2011
3 Thank SandGT
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London, United Kingdom
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“Not worth it?”
Reviewed 29 June 2011

Watch out for the locals who plonked themselves trying to charge you to see a waterfall! It's not the main one (although there is 2)!
Quite a trek up but it you like hiking them it's quite nice- waterfall itself isnt amazing, but if you're in ti photography you can get some nice shots

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Reviewed 2 June 2011

We visited the falls this morning via a public taxi (100 baht each) as we didn't want to book onto a tour and couldn't have been more disappointed. We'd seen pictures of the rushing water with people swimming at the bottom but were met by what can only be described as a big muddy puddle. There were also maintenance works going on everywhere which meant most of the restaurants were shut and a lot of photo opportunities somewhat spoilt. All the guides were useless and with the distinct lack of signposting there we'd hoped for better directions than we got (despite what you read, it's not just one straight road to the top). After we'd made our way back down to ask for a taxi to be called. They would only call private taxis which ended up costing us 400bht! Can't say what it's like in the high but my advice would be steer well clear in the low season!

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