Chanthaburi, better realized as the Gem Capital of Thailand, is the coastal region that offers more than the bustling gem markets. Nature has also blessed this seaside town with picturesque waterfalls that tourists worldwide crave to take a picture of. If neither history nor the gem market fascinates you, Chanthaburi foresees you with various waterfalls that enable you to rebuild yourself amidst nature.
Here we come up with one of such waterfalls that offers you dramatic beauty and absolute reinvigoration. It's Khlong Narai Waterfall. This gorgeous water cascade is placed in Khlong Narai Sub-district, about six kilometers from Chanthaburi province and far from the main road Chanthaburi - Trat, about 2 kilometers away. The site is most convenient for travelers who like bushwalking and nature exploring.
So, join us on a fun-filled tour of the famous Khlong Narai Waterfall and get an opportunity to swim and enjoy nature!
See the sunlight leaping off the water as it falls over Khlong Narai Waterfall, and look out for any rainbows that form in the mist.
Besides the well-known Namtok Phlio Waterfall in Chanthaburi Province, Khlong Narai Waterfall is nearby. It is a must-visit for a trip to chill because of its natural beauty, and this waterfall area used to be the site of an ancient city as well.
Khlong Narai Waterfall is a place to visit in the middle of nature. It is a fantastic spot for relaxing and sniffing nature. Most importantly, it is easy to travel, not far from the city and not far from the flutter waterfall as well.
In addition to having a waterfall to visit, there are also lodges and tent sites available here. You can sleep while listening to the sound of water as the sound of nature is up close. The surroundings will be quiet and suitable for sleeping and resting.
The headwaters of Khlong Narai Waterfall come from the Khao Sa Bap Forest. The beauty of this waterfall is that it is a medium-sized stream that flows from a cliff over 25 meters high. The water is clear and runs all year round.
Khlong Narai is one of the waterfalls of Chanthaburi that has been of considerable historical importance for a long time. In the past, this area used to be the site of a castle fort and Chum Pot, which King Rama IV built in the middle of a stream as a memorial. But now, only the traces are left because it was blown away by the flood in the year 1974.
Khlong Narai Waterfall is one of the 8 sacred water sources used in the holy water ceremonies.
Khlong Narai Waterfall (or Khao Sa Bap Waterfall) is a medium-sized waterfall that runs all year round. The stream flows down from the mountain peak, through caves, high cliffs, and crevices of large and small rocks, into a basin. The lower areas are often called "basins," such as reserve basins, Amon basins, shrines, and sanctuaries.
To walk up to the upper waterfall, you should inquire from the staff in advance. There may be a guide to lead up to the waterfall. The path to the top leads through the sparse bamboo forest. Both sides of the walkway are covered with trees. You have a distance of about 2.5 kilometers to reach the Khlong Narai Waterfall. Next to the Khlong Narai are the Klang and some other impressive waterfalls.
Part of Namtok Phliu National Park (Phliu Waterfall National Park), the 3-tiered waterfall is one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Eastern Thailand. Cave brook carps love the refreshing, crystal clear water as much as you, and you’ll find many of them at the waterfall.
Namtok Phliu National Park is lush green, so don’t forget to walk the nature trail before or after swimming. Since Phliu Waterfall is King Rama V’s favorite, the area has a couple of royal memorials. A moss-covered pyramid for one of his queens called Phra Nang Ruar Lom Stupa is one of them.
Stretching along the Chanthaburi River, the 300-year-old Chanthaboon Waterfront Community boasts a scenic location and exciting history. Time-honored houses line the narrow alleys dotted with street arts. It’s a beautiful architecture walk thanks to the mix of Thai, Chinese, French and Vietnamese styles. Some quaint houses have been transformed into local museums, hip cafes, and even boutique accommodations. The community also won the Asia-Pacific Heritage Award from UNESCO.
When ancient Ayutthaya was under Burma’s siege in the 18th century, Phraya Wachiraprakarn (who would later become King Taksin) stayed in Chanthaburi to recruit soldiers and collect food and supplies for the battle to free the kingdom. The King succeeded, and monuments were constructed to commemorate the city’s historical importance.
King Taksin Shrine shows the locals’ respect and admiration for the King, and the design is striking. In addition to the roof that resembles His Majesty’s helmet, you can admire the Chinese-style architecture that celebrates the king’s Thai-Chinese roots. Many soldiers recruited there were of Chinese descent.
The most popular beaches in the city are Kung Wiman Beach, Laem Sing Beach, Chao Lao Beach, and Laem Sadet Beach. These swimmable beaches might not be on the same level as Trat and Rayong islands, but they are still beautiful and very laid-back. Try one of the seafood restaurants in these areas and relax to your heart’s content on the sand.
It’s easy to see why Chalerm Burapha Chonlathit Road is considered one of the most scenic roads in Thailand. As you drive or bike along the road, stunning sea views will always be in your sights. Stop and stare and snap lots of photos.
Since France colonized the city, you’ll find a few historic buildings from those times that still survive. The first one is Tuek Daeng (Red Building), a Thai fort turned into living quarters and a command post of the French military. You can now find a small history-related exhibition and a French cannon inside. The other building nearby is Khuk Khi Kai or Chicken Dung Cell.
You can travel by coming in via 3rd Road (Sukhumvit Road). Then go straight until the intersection of the Pak Saeng red light. Then turn right towards Trat Province. Drive about 7 kilometers, and there will be a sign indicating the way. Khlong Narai Waterfall, drive for about 2 kilometers to reach the waterfall.
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In addition to having a waterfall for tourists to visit, there are also lodges and camping spots to serve.
Khlong Nalai Waterfall is located in Khlong Narai Sub-district, which is about 6 Kilometres away from Chanthaburi province and far from the main road Chanthaburi – Trat, about 2 Kilometres. The site is suitable for visitors who love bushwalking and natural exploring.
08:00 AM - 18:00 PM | Monday - Sunday
3 3 Tambon Khlong Narai, Amphoe Mueang Chanthaburi, Chang Wat Chanthaburi 22000
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