Sunday, September 4, 2016


ariverseeker at Bukit Lawang, Sumatra, Indonesia.
Slave of the City - King or Queen in the nature..
#waterfall #cityslave #philosophy #king #nature #getaway #life #temporary #heaven not #skinnydip
There's as always precious little to add; whenever waterfalls hit the Southeast Asian newsstands it's for all the wrong reasons. I'll lleave that  for the last section.

So let's start with a couple of photo's from the region.

Underbart! 😍
Temburong waterfall by emiliabroni.

Chasing waterfalls. #cambodia #mondulkiri #waterfall #wanderlust #travel #naked #gypsy #hippie #love #life #adventure has some info on Ratanakiri's waterfalls: 
'Waterfalls are dotted about Ratanakiri province. Here are three of the more accessible ones, all best visited by motodop from Banlung'.
Riamhanai waterfall on Kalimantan, source

A little known Bali waterfall highlighted by the Jakarta Post (May 19):
'Gianyar has many natural attractions, but Kanto Lampo waterfall is the regency’s most recent sensation.
Unlike many of Bali’s other waterfalls, which are mostly located in remote, hilly forests, Kanto Lampo is adjacent to the crowded Banjar Kelod Kangin in Beng village, some 30 kilometers north of Denpasar.
The villagers consider the waterfall a sacred place from which they can acquire the holy water used in Dewa Yadnya (ceremonies for the living) and Pitra Yadnya (rituals for the dead). There are several shrines around the waterfall where people pray and present religious offerings'.
Then there's the Tegenungan waterfall (Findheroutthere, March 28) from which the photo below comes from:

More from emiliabroni, this time from Sabah, probably near Poring hot spring:
 Idag har vi vandrat 7km upp- och nedför i djungeln i bara flipflop! Galet värt när vi fick ett underbart vattenfall för oss själva! 😄💦 #nakenbad #vattenfall #tracking #jungletrip #malaysia
 No Clothes? No Problem😎 #CocoNut #coldaf #philippines #skinnydip #lol
Fall in love with these 8 Mindanao waterfalls, (Jun. 4). Below no. 4, Tinago Falls.

 Im a unicorn 🌈 #tinago #rainbow #waterfalls #qualitytime #relaxing #unicorn #vscocam #vscodaily #igdaily

Erawan Waterfall, Thailand #thailand #travel #waterfall #wanderlust
Most news from Thailand concerns the drought which has now passed. The Bangkok Post (Mar.2):
'Pang Sida, a waterfall in the national park of the same name, is a popular tourist destination near the Cambodian border, where early effects of the drought have hit particularly hard. (File photos)
The Pang Sida waterfall, a famous tourist destination in Sa Kaeo, has dried up as the eastern province suffers the country's worst drought in recent memory'.
Somewhere over the Rainbow, Elephant Falls, Vietnam. Self Portrait by Simon Lohmeyer. 

And now follows just some of the bad news stories from the region.
The New paper online (Jul. 4):
'Singapore man dies trying to save daughter at Johor [Malaysia] waterfall'. (Apr. 11):
'A company outing turned tragic when an employee fell to his death while taking photographs at the top of a waterfall [Subic, Luzon, Philippines] on Sunday afternoon (April 10), police said'.
Todayonline (Apr. 6):
'The body of a 16-year-old boy has been pulled from a river in the outskirts of Jakarta after he fell in while taking a selfie with friends on Tuesday (April 5)'. (Aug. 5):
'A teenager from Leeds has told how she was lucky to survive after a horrifying fall from a waterfall while on holiday in Thailand'. (Aug. 30):
'A family outing turned to tragedy on Monday when a twelve year old girl fell to her death while taking a selfie at a waterfall in Phetchabun [Thailand]'.
Jakarta Post (May 17):
'A flash flood coupled with a landslide has hit the Dua Warna Waterfall resort in Sibolangit, North Sumatra, on Sunday evening, killing at least 15 vacationers, while another six people remain missing'.

Saturday, February 27, 2016


Day dreaming about skinny dipping in Indonesia [cloud] craving an adventure [confounded] #Indonesia #Bali #skinnydip #backpack #asia #waterfall #travel #adventure #explore #live #love #life #smile

Some snippets of news from Southeast Asia. But mostly Thailand. 

First off, the Bangkok Post of Oct. 1 (2015): 
'After first pledging nothing would change under its management, the government says it will now close a Nakhon Nayok waterfall due to a spat with local leaders it took the site from.
The National Park, Wildlife and Plant Conservation Department has waged a legal battle with Nakhon Nayok Provincial Administration Organisation (PAO) over the right to oversee the famous attraction'.
With reference to the Nang Rong waterfall, as the picture compares to another article from the same source, same date.  
Apparently the row goes back to the 1950's when the then ruling junta had a private residence built on what should have been public administered land around the waterfall. The residence was eventually given to the province, but the Forest Administration believe that it could never be given to the province as the construction was illegal. 

Pasak Ngam Village. When life give you waterfalls, go swim naked in them!
Chiang Mai province, source

An article from the August 23 (2015) by Bangkok Post on chasing waterfalls:
'Slippery slopes: Accompanied by forest wardens, researchers from the Royal Project and the Chulabhorn Research Institute cross a creek in Doi Phu Nang National Park.
The 1,400m trail led to the picturesque Khun Kon Waterfall, but my companions and I did not climb the mountain for the waterfall alone. We had gone there to see what kind of ferns and fern allies it had to offer to medical research'.
Basically the article is a shorter version of this, researching ferns in Thailand's Chiang Rai province, notably the Lam Nam Kok National Park.
| I n R a i n b o w s | getting caught in the present moment of magic, being so grateful for all of natures gifts and offerings. [rainbow] [kissing_closed_eyes] [sparkles] [raised_hands] [hibiscus] [palm_tree]
Somewhere on Bali, source

From Khanchanaburi province an outtake on the cave leading to the Tri Tong waterfall (see our visit), surely one of Thailands natural surprises.

Naturism.. #klongchaowaterfall #kohkood #trat #thailand #thailand_allshots #amazingthailand #adayinthailand #tourism #travel #journey #all_shots #capture #canon60d #canon_photos #insta_thailand #forest #fresh #waterfall #nature #naturelovers #outdoors #landscape #landscape_lovers #landscape_captures #swimming #cliff #rocks #photoshoot #naturism #green

In Thailand, the El Niño and assorted climate effects are leaving the waterfalls dry. So reports the Bangkok Post (Feb. 17, 2016). Among the affected are also Erawan and Huay Mae Khamin though the drought is nation wide. So coming months may not be the best to visit a waterfall, especially in central and northern Thailand.

Cha Ung waterfall in Banlung. #sunsoutbunsout #getyourassintonature
Banlung, Ratanakiri, Cambodia, source

A primer for the waterfalls of the Bolaven plateau (Laos) by loadsofroads (Dec. 2, 2015).

As always (alas), waterfalls are more dangerous than they look like. The BBC (Feb. 27, 2016) reports on how three Britons died while clambering on Dalanta waterfall, Vietnam. The falls themselves are a tourist trap with hopefully assorted safety concerns, so it's quite strange how this accident could have happened.
Likewise three waterfall soakers died last September at Sakai waterfall, Ninh Thuan (Vietnamnews, Sep. 28, 2015), here the cause was a flash flood.

From Thailand the news that even on Samui one needs to heed the call of the waterfall. The Bangkok Post (Jan. 7, 2016): 
'... the man plunged the equivalent of eight stories from a viewing area about two-thirds the way up the 39-metre-tall Khun Si waterfall in tambon Mae Nam, Pol Cap Sirachat Kamunee, a duty officer at Koh Samui police station said'. 
Only months before the same had happened (Daily Mail, Sep. 1, 2015), surprisingly at the same location.

Measures to be taken at Sedudo waterfall (East Java) after a cliff fall resulted in three deaths (Jakarta Post, Jul. 23, 2015). The article highlights natural events causing deaths at waterfalls and beaches.

I actually could go on and on but it's an astonishing amount of how recreating with water in general seems to be underestimated as well as cliff faces surrounding waterfalls. Let's just conclude with the call to be safe out there ....

Tuesday, August 18, 2015


Waterfall in rinjani national park #lombokwaterfalls #waterfall #lombok #rinjaninationalpark

It's been a while I'll admit. 

But I've not much newly enjoyed waterfall chases to add, certainly not in Southeast Asia.
So I might have been tempted to make this a very, very sleepy blog. Then again it's 3 years since the last posting, so maybe it was already sleepy ...

But I've decided to add a news section every now and then, a bit irregular. Also a way to add pictures and hopefully encourage chases and the safe use of waterfalls.

A big inspiration for this posting goes to the website Taiwan Waterfalls which has an exceptional detailed and extensive piece on Bali's waterfalls (August 10, 2015). 
No less than details of 13 waterfalls are noted, some more well-known, others more secretive. And the author adds that despite the details of these waterfalls, he's to add more.

This place is beautiful. #Maubisse #waterhole #waterfall #water #rocks #beautiful #jump #timor #timorleste #freezing #nofilter

Another inspiration for this awakening, was the tale by Richard Collett (travel-tramp, April 21, 2015) entitled The Man Who Fell Down the Tallest Waterfall in Laos:
'Hoping that we’d missed him at the top while we had been drinking our Beer Laos, we set about looking around through the forest, peering into abyss every now and then, to snatch a glimpse of the track.
There was no one else in sight though- not until we headed back to the entrance of the track and there, sat in the bushes, was an exhausted figure. Rushing over we realised it was our mate. He was battered, muddy and disheveled. We gave him a beer, and he said he’d fallen into the waterfall. Somewhat roughed up, after a while he began to tell us what had happened. ....'.
Less inspiring, Vietnam and China want to further exploit the border waterfall of Ban Gioc (Vietnamnet, August 7, 2015). Sounds very exciting:
'The fourth round of negotiations on an agreement on cooperation in protecting and exploiting tourism resources within the Ban Gioc Waterfall vicinity between Vietnam and China ran in Beijing from August 2-6.

Both sides discussed issues of mutual concern frankly and reached consensus on all draft contents of the agreement. They agreed to speed up their domestic assessments of the pact as well as the organisation of the next round for signing preparations. The two sides then inked the meeting minutes'.

A website with a fair share of waterfall info is travelfish; my fist call whnever needing travel info on Southeast Asia. 
Recent entries on waterfalls include those around Luang Prabang, Laos (January 30, 2015), the Bolaven plateau, Laos (January 31, 2015) and Munduk, Bali (March 3, 2015).

If wanting to check out a waterfall or two on that Bolaven plateau, mergingworldsstravel (April 25, 2015) has taken the time to write down all the details, a must see posting:
'Oh Pakse, Pakse, Pakse. Such great memories of whisking the motorbike through your empty highways surrounded by forest, jungle, foliage and villages. Cruising from waterfall to waterfall, swimming in natural pools as cascades of water drop from cliffs above crashing into the water below. Providing an escape from the heat, a natural playground, unspeakable beauty'.
Definitely not almost going in the drink... #Pakse #Paksong #Laos #BolavenPlateau #Travelling #Waterfall
Must do
More waterfall related postings focusing on the most this or that. Here's just a short selection:
  • 12 Relaxing Waterfall Picnic Spots Around West Malaysia (, May 13, 2015).
  • Top 10 Waterfalls You MUST SEE in the Philippines (wheninmanila, November 12, 2014).
  • 14 stunning Philippine waterfalls worth chasing (skyscanner, December 2014).
  • 16 Waterfalls In The Philippines That Will Take Your Breath Away (trekeffect,  August 3, 2015):
'Visiting a waterfall is probably the most relaxing and, at the same time, fulfilling kind of nature tripping. The sound of the water, from above crashing down below, is not only the best takeaway in the entire experience but the visually stunning greens surrounding it as well'.
  • 20 Amazing Waterfalls to Visit This Summer (, April 10, 2015). 
  • 15 Waterfalls in the Visayas You Might've Never Heard Of Before (Choosephilippines, December 12, 2014).
  • 10 Of The Most Spectacular Waterfalls In Indonesia (wowshack, January 7, 2015).
  • Uncovering Bali’s 7 most spectacular waterfalls unknown to most (blimehthesheep, September 9, 2014).
  • 10 spectacular waterfalls in Bandung that are unknown to most (Indonesia tripcanvas, July 10, 2015). 
And then our tops came flying off... emojiemojiemojiemoji #goodtimes #maesawaterfall #waterfall #chiangmai #ThaiFruitFest #thailand #RawTill4 #vegan #goodvibes #gofruityourself #carbthefuckup #travelgram #wanderlust #skinnydipping #gopro 
Source, see also youtube ...

    As said above, despite the high degree of pleasure a dip under a cooling waterfall can result in, they are also something to be treated with caution as the following short links will prove. 
    Also note that many a casualty is the result of risk taking either be it to take a selfie or to overextend.
    Thanh nien news (July 28, 2015):
    'An 18-year-old man fell from a waterfall in central Vietnam and died during a trip with his friends on Sunday.
    Huynh Thanh Son climbed up the Ba Waterfall in Binh Thuan Province with three of his friends after they arrived. 
    It just stopped raining and his friends said he slipped and fell when they were taking photos'.
    'A German student has died after falling into a steep ravine at a waterfall on a popular Malaysian resort island [Langkawi], police said on Sunday'. 
    (ndtv, October 19, 2014).
    'A man was badly injured in the head and neck after he fell while bathing at the waterfall at the Kanching Recreational Forest in Templer's Park near Kuala Lumpur yesterday'.
    (The Malaysian insider, June 23, 2015).
    'Two high school have plunged to their deaths from a Central Java cliff while trying to take selfies, an official said on Tuesday'.
    (Jakarta globe, March 21, 2015).
    Spaniard falls to death from waterfall (Bangkok Post, March 26, 2015).
    'A 24-year-old Newcastle man has died while on holiday in Thailand. Hugh Smith was on Koh Samui when he and a friend, Benjamin Kemp, 20, from Bar Beach, both fell from a waterfall'. 
    (Newcastle Herald, February 12, 2015).

    Stay safe.

    simple Saturday morning getaway to Tengkil Falls, a beautiful 4 storey high waterfall in Kota Tinggi. Took a 2.5 hr hike to get to it, but the refreshing waterfall massage makes up for it. Washed away all the sweat! Definitely wanna go again! =D #TengkilFalls #KotaTinggi #Waterfall #MalaysiaWaterfall #WaterfallMassage #Relaxing #Refreshing #WashingUp #WantToGoAgain
    Safe selfing, source

    Monday, December 24, 2012

    Continued II

    What seemed impossible, is now just a byline. The announced fee hike has been shelved. New Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation (DNP) chief Rerngchai Prayoonvej has turned back the decision by his predecessor, so reports the Nation (1 Nov. 2012). 
    No reason given, so just pure populist tactics?

    The Thai Travel Weekly though adds:
    'The decision is in response to a deluge of criticism from various travel industry associations'.
    So ends another unneeded drama ...

    Saturday, October 13, 2012


    And yes, it is continued.

    On August 30 TTR weekly report 
    'Thai Ecotourism and Adventure Travel Association is preparing to a letter to the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation requesting a postponement of higher entrance fees at 29 national parks'. 
    And then on the tenth of September
    'Following complaints from tour operators, the Department of National Park, Wildlife and Plant Conservation decided to postpone admission fee increases at 29 popular national parks from 1 October to 1 Janaury 2013. 
    a reliable source at the Department of National Park, Wildlife and Plant Conservation said another postponement might follow after further discussions.'. 
    Possible relief ...

    Same same? But not in entry fees
    'Farang under waterfall'
    From flickr member floschneekoenig

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