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!
Waterfall hunting 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.
You might also like to check out my guide of the best views on Koh Samui
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.
You might also like to read: What to do in Koh Lanta Thailand