Chanthaburi is a mixed destination with a lot of nature besides culture and history. There are many hills, national parks, and waterfalls across the province. Khlong Narai, Philio, Phliu, and Thok Nong are among the city's most beautiful waterfalls.
Phlio Waterfall is one of Thailand's most famous tourist attractions. It falls in the area of Namtok Phlio National Park and is only 14 km from Chanthaburi city. The waterfall is huge and beautiful, with water flowing all year round. It consists of two streams that conjoin to form a wonderful waterfall with clear water that gushes through rocks and high cliffs.
If you're seeking an enjoyable experience during your visit to Chanthaburi, a tour of Phlio Waterfall is highly recommended. The region is abundant in various types of fish, such as the Mahseer barb, among others, making it an ideal location for fish enthusiasts and nature lovers to explore. Let's embark on our adventure!
Don't forget to buy a large bag of string beans to feed the fish at the entrance, and walking safely in the pool with the fish is possible.
Chanthaburi is home to waterfalls and forests, and Phlio is its large and charming waterfall with plenty of water throughout the year. The fall consists of two currents, one descending thoroughly along the stones, and another smaller stream cascades from a 20-meter cliff.
Both streams merge in the clear pond that allows seeing through the 2 meters of its depth at the bottom where many rocks and sand are laid down. Moreover, various freshwater fish, mainly Mahseer barb, swim in the water. The charm of the scene strikes the eyes of the visitors very much. So, the place is fantastic to come and enjoy leisurely.
There are many more attractions in the Namtok Phlio National Park beside the Phlio Waterfall. The following below would be an excellent idea to visit.
Phra Nang Ruea Lom Stupa stands in the area of Phlio Waterfall. The structure was built in 1881 during the reign of King Rama 5 as a tribute to Queen Sunandakumariratana. The stupa is a house to pack the Queen’s ashes. King Chulalongkorn visited in the fall of 1874, and he hugely appreciated the beauty of nature and the environment of the site so much.
King Chulalongkorn and Queen Sunandakumariratana graciously ordered the construction of the pagoda from the laterite at the area of the cliff in 1876 as a remembrance of the trip with the Queen, and he named it "Alongkorn Chedi.''
About 300 meters from the National Park Office, a shrine is next to the brook. It was a flawless pavilion that King Rama 4 graciously ordered to build in the old days. However, it was eroded by the water, and finally, it was wiped out by the stream in 1974.
Located about 200 meters from the Ang Sarn, there's a site, a small cascade guttering from the limestone cliff that looks similar to a swan’s tail (Hang Hong in Thai). In the previous days, the pool was the proper size for water playing that the King Rama4 and 5 used to bathe in, so it is named Ang Song, which means a bathtub.
The Narayana Cave is 1 km in length. There is pure fresh water running out of the cave. This source is 1 of 18 natural holy water sites in Thailand to be used in the purification bath of the king during the coronation ceremony. Unfortunately, the cave is closed by stone these days, but the water still runs out from the cave throughout the year.
(11.37 km from Namtok Phlio National Park)
A visit to Chanthaburi would not be complete without seeing the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, which is a notable attraction, regardless of one's religious affiliation. Although there has been a Catholic Church in Chanthaburi for over three centuries, the present building was built in the early 1900s. The church is well-known throughout Thailand and is worth a visit.
(35.1 km from Namtok Phlio National Park)
Khao Khitchakut National Park covers rich, verdant forestland of some 58 square kilometers, where many herbal plants and wildlife are found. On the hilltop is Khitchakut Temple, where people flock every year from February to April to worship the giant rocks on the summit. There is a trace of Buddha's Footprint, which people believe will bring them prosperity.
(45.95 km from Namtok Phlio National Park)
Mu Ko Chang National Park comprises 650 square kilometers of marine national park, encompassing 52 islands. Apart from the most important island -- Koh Chang, other islands like Ko Khlum, Koh Lao Ya Nahi, Ko Ngam, Ko Mai Si Yai, Ko Wai, and Ko Rang still retain their natural beauty.
(53.19 km from Namtok Phlio National Park)
Klong Prao Beach, situated in Trat province on Koh Chang island, is the most extensive beach in the area. The southern region of Klong Prao Beach is divided into three parts by the estuary of Klong Plu Waterfall and a channel.
(53.54 km from Namtok Phlio National Park)
Klong Phlu Waterfall, situated on the west coast of Koh Chang island, is a well-known destination for tourists seeking a day of relaxation. The lower portion of the waterfall features a natural swimming pool formed by rocks, adding to its appeal.
Besides a lovely scene of the descending water throughout the year, Namtok Phlio National Park is a beautiful historic site in Thailand. Since it is the waterfall that King Rama 5 visited 12 times during 1873 – 1881 A.D., he admired the place as the most beautiful waterfall among those he had visited.
Additionally, the area around the Phlio Waterfall is a nature trail that is rich and diverse with plants. So, it is another exciting learning center for students or people to experience. The location also allows tourists to visit throughout the year, particularly in the rainy season, which is perfect for photo opportunities caused by the bountiful water.
Namtok Phlio is located off Sukhumvit Road to the southeast of Chanthaburi. To reach the waterfall, renting a motorcycle or hiring a pickup truck taxi in Chanthaburi is the most convenient option, with an approximate cost of 400 Thai Baht for a round trip.
From Krung Thep Maha Nakhon (Bangkok), there are two directions to reach the Phlio Waterfall National Park, which are:
The word “Phlio” is Chong, a Western Pearic language in the Mon–Khmer family, which means sand or sandy beach. However, it is assumed that the Phlio Waterfall is named after the tree that regularly grows in loamy sand.
Phlio Waterfall is another less-explored gem in the Namtok Phlio National Park. Located at the lap of the Khao Sa Bap mountain range, this waterfall is spread across 134.5 square kilometers. This medium-sized waterfall adorns itself with several level 3 features, including a cool basin, clear water, flowing streams, etc.
08:00 AM - 17:00 PM | Monday - Sunday
No. 41 Moo 12, Phlio Sub District, Laem Sing District, Chanthaburi Province 22190
+66 (0) 39 434 528
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