Klong Chak the beautiful Koh Lanta Waterfall, hidden in the jungle. Red sand, emerald green water, and an amazing cave make this an adventure not to miss!
KLONG CHAK WATERFALL ON KOH LANTA
Driving down the west coast of Koh Lanta on the moped, beach after beach will force you to pull over and explore. But on this day I was on an adventure with my mother who was joining me from Australia and we weren’t looking for nice beaches. We were on the hunt for the Koh Lanta waterfall called Klong Jak/Klong Chak. It was also rumored that there were elephants in the region around the waterfall.. albeit carrying around tourists.
We wouldn’t be doing any elephant riding, choosing instead to trek our way to the Koh Lanta waterfall. I have included a map at the bottom of the page to help you find it but it is pretty well signed and you can google map it as you go.
The trail begins with a casual stroll beside a stream, winding past local houses and farms. After several minutes there is a huge dam, which is actually a sight to behold. The still water is a shade of green I had never seen before in a jungle setting. Mangroves and trees were scattered in the water.
We continued around the right-hand side of the dam. It seemed as if the trail ran out but we just had to look a little harder and get our feet a little wet. The trail now enters dense foliage and you truly feel like you are in the jungle. Water is dripping, the stream is running and birds whistle tunes from the branches.
Don’t worry about getting your shoes wet just jump straight in as you will need to walk in the water eventually. As you reach the latter stages of the trek you are wading in shin deep water, which is quite refreshing.
The Koh Lanta Waterfall- Klong Chak
We could hear the waterfall before we could see it after about 25 minutes of walking. It was amazing. One of the best waterfalls I had seen in a long while. It definitely wasn’t the largest but the pool of water at the bottom was crystal clear with a blue tinge while it contrasted dramatically with red sand that laid in a pile.
Klong Chak Cave
We hung out at the waterfall for about half an hour. Just long enough for it to begin pouring. That didn’t stop us from finding the cave on the way back. The Klong Chak Cave was absolutely fascinating. The tree roots have grown through the rocks and seem to be holding the entire cave together. This was like a natural over under shot and blew my mind.
Highly recommend doing this short jungle trek as the waterfall and cave are spectacular.
Where to stay on Koh Lanta
Crown Lanta Resort – Luxury: For our three nights in Koh Lanta, we enjoyed the luxury of the Crown Lanta Resort. If you are looking for a relaxing, tranquil experience this is your spot. Our villa overlooked the ocean and despite the stormy weather, we were able to enjoy the views from the lounge chairs on the balcony. The seafood buffet was on another level. Lobster, Mussels, Shrimp, and Squid barbecued before our eyes were the highlight of the dinner. If you enjoy the beach there are plenty of shores to explore around the resort but if you prefer to hang by the pool there were multiple, luxurious swimming pools with swim-up bars. The staff were extremely helpful and booked us mopeds for the day and even organized our tricky multiple transit transfer to Langkawi. Both of these photos were taken at the Reggae Bar at Crown Lanta Resort where we enjoyed the sunset each night!
Pinky Bungalow Resort – Value: I don’t quite know how this place is so cheap. It is four stars with a beautiful pool and resort style facilities. The rooms are amazing and there is a really good breakfast included. Unlike most of the five-star properties on Koh Lanta that are $300+, Pinky Bungalow Resort is less than $65 per night.
Slacklines Hostel – Budget: When your hostel comes with a pool you know you are winning. This hostel offers dorm beds for about $7 per night and has super friendly staff.