Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Thailand's Best?

Ti Lo Su, Umphang, Tak province. By spannar00oi

The Thai language Places and Prices coffee table magazine published an issue 2 years back with top Thailand destinations. These were their choice of best waterfalls, without ranking:
  • Klong Thom Ron waterfall (being a waterfall as well), Krabi, Southern Thailand
  • Huai Khamin waterfall, Kanchanaburi, Central Thailand
  • Thi Lo Su, Tak, Northern Thailand
  • Thi Lo Re, Tak, Northern Thailand
  • Khlong Lan, Kampaeng Phet, Central Thailand
  • Tat Mok, Phetchabun, Central Thailand
  • Saeng Chan, Ubon Ratchathani, North-Eastern Thailand
Saeng Chan waterfall makes the list because it goes through a hole in the rock. Photo source.
  • Mae Surin, Mae Hong Son, Northern Thailand
  • Heo Narok, Nakhon Nayak, Central Thailand
  • Phraiwan, Phattalung, Southern Thailand
  • Krung Ching, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Southern Thailand
  • Ton Nga Chang, Songkhla, Southern Thailand
  • Mae Ya, Chiang Mai, Northern Thailand
There are probably many more that could of made the list. It's not mine. They may have tried to include all regions and be politically correct ....

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Back on Track

Then finally on my day touring Phang Nga, I'm able to visit a real waterfall. A 7 km partially dirt track (reached from between kilometer markers 28-29 on highway no. 4) takes to me to the Khao Lampee-Thai Muang National Park Ton Phrai entrance. The last 200 meter involve a ridiculous steep rutted trail but the car at hand is OK. About 10 ladies and gents are hanging around a chess board playing checkers, but all look official and it's here I need to pay the park entrance of 100 Baht. From the parking area it's a walk of they say 650 meters, roughly 20 minutes up a well worn trail next to the fast flowing river.
It's their nature walk. The nature walk mainly focuses on some trees which are identified and foreseen with a description of their significance. It’s nice walk through mostly undisturbed forest, though in some locations the forest is only 50 meter wide, large stands of rubber seen beyond the jungle fringe.

Beautiful waterholes

Along the way are a number of not so secluded waterholes but just under the falls themselves is another great pool. The sandy bottom of this pool is relatively shallow as the water falls in a slant, not straight from about 20-25 meter height. (though others say 50 meters) The surroundings are besides natural very clean. I can't resist the urge and knowing that there was no one directly behind me strip and dive in and under.

The waterfall goes by the name Ton Phrai though I've also seen Tone Prai and Ton Phri. describes it as follow:
'Nam Tok Ton Phrai - a larger size fall with cascading water again throughout the year. At km 29 marker on route 4, follow a gravel road for 7km; therafter a further 1 km on foot is required - this is a good hike in the dry season.
Flora includes Dipterocarpus sp., Anisoptera costata, Syzygium sp, Hopea odorata, Mimusops elengi, several species of palm and bamboo. Common barking deer, langurs, wild pig, red jungle fowl, hill myna, and several reptiles, such as the reticulated python, and amphibians are examples of the fauna'.
Lots more photo's plus German blog entries.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

No compelling reason

Hin Lat (or alternatively Hin Laad) waterfall is once more not a real waterfall but more a series of rapids in an otherwise clear and swift flowing river. Located 8 kilometers upstream from Kapong, Phang Nga province, south Thailand, the road there is quite straight forward. However when expecting a waterfall and finding none, it's a bit unclear. There are a number of picnic tables where the road ends and locals tell me this is really the place where the waterfall is.

The river is deep in some area's so a great place to swim and relax. But other than that there's no compelling reason to come.

Other than the odd mention here and there, it seems nobody on the www has managed to get here.
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