Hin Lad Waterfall Koh Samui

The Hin Lad Waterfall and Temple (also known as Wat Namtok) is a tranquil little oasis located on the popular island of Koh Samui in southern Thailand.  Set within a lush tropical environment that is also known for the gorgeous spring flowers; the area is also home to a variety of unique fauna and flora.  This beautiful waterfall has the added feature of being located just 3 kilometres south of the administrative town known as Nathon. 

While Hin Lad Waterfall is smaller than say the Ban Thurian Waterfall (which includes an impressive 80 metre drop), it has the benefit of being accessible for most people regardless of their fitness level.     

In fact, the lush green landscape means that this place is perfect for both picnics and hiking or for people looking for an alternate activity to the popular Koh Samui beaches and water sports.    

WALKING TRAILS

Tourists can enjoy a leisurely stroll along a jungle trail which leads directly to the waterfall, while another trail leads to the  Wat Namtok Hin Lad Temple (see image below).  However, there are other attractions such as an elephant camp and hiking trails while drink stalls are also available where you can purchase refreshments.

Elephant rides are also available and the guide will take you along a jungle pathway which is covered by the forest canopy and it is here that you get a sense of the unspoiled Koh Samui environment. 

It takes around 30 minutes to walk to the waterfall so make sure you take a bottle of water with you.  At the base of the waterfall is a small rock pool which also allows you to take a swim and cool off.   The best time to visit the waterfall is between September to March or after the rainy season.  During these months there will be plenty of water flowing to the waterfall.    

THE TEMPLE

Just to the left of the Hin Lad Waterfall is the small Buddhist temple called Wat Namtok Hin Lad.  The temple looks quite new and is covered in a crisp coat of white paint.  It is well camouflaged by the jungle and seems to blend into the environment surprisingly well.  Located around the temple are a number of Buddha statues and other sculptures which add to the serenity of this location and makes it a great stop to to take a breather. 

Locals tend to visit Wat Namtok Temple more on weekends so during week days it can be really quiet, so you can sit in the beautiful  garden and relax or meditate and due to the lush vegetation surrounding the temple grounds there is plenty of shade provided. 

GETTING THERE

The Hin Lad Waterfall and Temple are located at Lipa Yai which is about 10 minutes to the south of Nathon town on Koh Samui, Thailand.

The best way to travel from Bangkok to Koh Samui is by plane.  Samui International Airport which is privately owned by Bangkok Airways would have to be the most beautiful in southern Thailand.  Opened in April 1989, the airport is located along the northern part of Koh Samui near Bophut Beach.  Its airstrip measures 2,100 metres in length and the main terminal was designed to blend in with the island's natural flora and fauna.

Once inside the terminal travelers can relax and enjoy fine dining in an open air Thai restaurant while other facilities include a post office and a souvenir shop.  Traditional Thai massage and spa facilities are also available within this tranquil setting.

A number of carriers including Thai and Bangkok Airways fly to Samui International Airport.  

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