Phaeng Waterfall Koh Phangan is a jungle walk consisting of multiple waterfalls and streams. If you visit during the right season, the waterfalls are a great day trip to admire as you walk through the jungle. However, if you visit during the dry season like we did, there won’t be any water. There is even a viewpoint for those who want to get a better look at the surrounding scenery.
How to get to Phaeng Waterfall Koh Phangan
To get to Koh Phangan, we used 12Go to book a quick ferry from Koh Tao. 12Go is a super cheap and reliable way to get around Thailand and other popular Southeast Asian countries.
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The best way to get to Phaeng Waterfall would be to drive on a scooter. We drove ourselves from Thong Sala Pier which took roughly 15 minutes. If you’re not confident on a bike, there are also many places where you can rent a cool jeep for roughly 1000 Baht per day. We managed to rent our scooter for 180 Baht per day.
Where to stay
There are plenty of budget and luxury accommodation options all around Koh Phangan. We decided to stay near Thong Sala pier as it was close to the popular night markets and food markets. A nice budget accommodation option in this area is Tranquil Bungalows by Beck’s. You’ll have your own little bungalow close to everything that you need. A luxury option close by is also the popular Kupu Kupu Phangan Beach Villas which has an infinity pool overlooking the beautiful blue ocean.
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Phaeng Waterfall Koh Phangan Entrance fee
Entrance costs 20 Baht per person. This gives you the freedom to walk around and view all the waterfalls as well as the viewpoint.
What to expect
We were fairly disappointed when we visited Phaeng Waterfall due to the dried up waterfalls. There were plenty of signs with photos of what the waterfalls should look like. However, we visited in the dry season so there was no stream of water at all. If you visit during or just after the rainy season the waterfalls would be beautiful and very powerful. If you’re visiting Koh Phangan and it hasn’t rained in a while then chances are that most waterfalls on the island will be dried up. There is a viewpoint located not far from these waterfalls so you can always hike up to the top if the waterfalls are dry.
Phaeng Waterfall Koh Phangan is more like a national park consisting of three different waterfalls and one viewpoint. The first falls you come across is only 5 minutes from the carpark and during the right season, it’s most likely very powerful. There is a photo in front of the waterfall indicating what it looks like during wet season.
If you continue along just before you reach the first set of stairs. This is where you will see the second waterfall. However this waterfall was also dry when we visited.
A further 15-20 minute walk up some stairs and dirt trails will lead you to the very top of the waterfall. We explored the rocks although at this time there wasn’t much to see. Along the path you’ll also notice signs leading you to the viewpoint. Visiting the viewpoint is a great activity if the waterfalls aren’t flowing!
For more awesome things to see and do on Koh Phangan, check out our full Top Things to do on Koh Phangan blog!