Koh Kood Waterfalls and Walks

UPDATED MAY 2017

With Koh Kood’s beautiful beaches found in every bay, it is easy to overlook its stunning interior with vast swathes of untouched rainforest, waterfalls, ancient trees and even a ship-like rock formation. All are free to visit.

Koh Kood Waterfalls – Klong Chao Waterfall
Klong Chao – inland

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The principal waterfall is Nam Tok Klong Chao, nam meaning water and tok meaning fall, located downriver in Klong Chao. King Rama VI visited the waterfall in 1911 and gave it the royal name Anamkok in commemoration of Ong Chiang Lue, a Vietnamese King who took refuge in the Kingdom of Siam during King Rama I’s reign in the late 18th century.

It is accessed by following the small road that starts behind the Klong Chao riverbank guesthouses, crossing the bridge and then heading inland until you reach PD Guesthouse.

From there, a left turn takes you past Santung Bungalows and its restaurant before arriving at the parking area. An easy ten minute walk through the forest brings you out at the falls themselves. With three tiers and a good plunge pool for cooling off, it is a lovely spot to rest up, but do take drinks and food as there are no kiosks.

It is certainly possible to walk the whole way, a few kilometres, and there are no real hills to worry about if you cycle. Thai group tours tend to visit in the afternoon.

Koh Kood Waterfalls – Klong Yai Kee Waterfall
Klong Yai Kee – inland

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The second waterfall is in the north west of the island, Nam Tok Klong Yai Kee.

To get there, head out from Klong Chao going north, following the route past the police station and hospital until the crossroads after the petrol station. Take a right here. After a few hundred metres, you have a choice at the vegetable store.

If you go straight on, you end up at Klong Mad, where you will find a a right turning just before Suanya Resort, signed for the waterfall. Follow this road until you reach another left to Bann Makok. The waterfall parking area is just along here.

Or back at that vegetable shop, rather than go straight on, take a right and follow the road until another general store. Bear to the left, ignoring the straight-on option signed for Makayuk-Saiyai, see below.

After a few kilometres on this main road (to Ao Salad), the left turning, signed for the falls, is clearly visible. Follow this until you reach the same turning to Bann Makok as above, only this time you are coming from the other direction, so you now need to turn right into it.

Like Klong Chao waterfall, entrance is free and there are no drinks or food kiosks.

Koh Kood Waterfalls – Huang Nam Keaw Waterfall
Inland off road to Ao Salud

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Until very recently, the island’s third waterfall, Huang Nam Keaw, was known as the secret waterfall, hidden as it is deep in the interior beyond the ancient tees. It is, however, secret no more, as the old narrow muddy trail has been widened into a wide gravel track, which wends its way through the forest for a good few kilometres before reaching a visitor centre and car park.

The falls themselves are off to the right and require a little adventure to drop down the rocky hillside to the water. Depending on the time of the year, it is possible to clamber over the huge boulders towards the top, where there is a small plunge pool.

See the directions below on how to get to the ancient trees, with the waterfall straight on after the path to Mayayuk.

Sai Yai and Mayayuk Ancient Trees
Inland off the main road to Ao Salud

Koh Kood Tree-Sai Yai

Koh Kood is host to two stunning ancient makka trees of an age somewhere between 200 and 500 years old.

To reach the trees, after leaving Klong Chao, follow the road past the hospital and the petrol station until the crossroads. At these crossroads, take a right and shortly afterwards, turn right again at the vegetable store.

Once on this road, follow it for a few kilometres until you reach another small shop at a fork in the road. Here, take the straight-on option with the blue sign for Makayuk-Saiyai. Again, carry on straight until you see the wide red mud track on the right, the turning you want.

Follow this track right to the end and you will see small signs for the two trees, the first, Sai Yai is easily found on the right and the second, Makayuk, is further into the forest, about a ten minute walk.

The path to Makayuk is easily passable by motorbike, now that the waterfall has been opened up with its gravel road.

Khao Ruearab (Battleship Mountain)
Inland in Ngamkho Beach or at end of trail from Klong Chao

Koh Kood Battleship Mountain

Khao Ruearab (Battleship Mountain) is a rock formation found in the forest behind Ngamkho Beach.

Shortly after Big Dreams Guesthouse and Happy Days Guesthouse, just by the village that sits on the estuary, a newly paved wide road, clearly signed for Khao Ruearab, marks the spot to turn in.

After passing Far East Resort, the route leads off through the rubber trees, until it reaches another sign indicating the fork to the left. From here, it is still some way deep into the forest until you finally happen upon the two rock themselves.

Another very scenic route to here lies inland at Klong Chao. At the crossroads to the Klong Chao Waterfall, see above, continue straight on for a few hundred metres until you reach the new bungalows of PD Guesthouse. Cut through them to Mata Guesthouse at the back and you will find the start of the Government nature trail.

Unfortunately, the little suspension bridge at the outset is storm damaged, but it’s still easy enough to pick up the track, which then winds through the canopy.

Towards the end of the trek, you reach a limestone rockface which you must skirt around to the right in order to link up, after a hundred metres or so, with the other route at Khao Ruearab itself. Walking time is probably about 45 minutes.

Coastal Walk – South West Beaches

Another good fine walk along the coastline can be found by following the old road from Ao Phrao to Ao Klong Hin.


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