Ko Samui Travel: Waterfall 1 or Waterfall 2, Where to Go?

Without any doubts, Ko Samui is one of the most beautiful and inspiring islands in the Land of Smiles. If you don’t believe me, click here and enjoy the view.

Ko Samui island, Thailand.

However, scenery is not everything that this island offers. Due to the fact it’s a budget friendly gem, there are many awesome things to do and see in Ko Samui.

Scenery highlights of Ko Samui.

One of the most exciting, yet free of charge, sightseeing spots are waterfalls. More precisely Na Muang Waterfall that is a set of two cascades: Na Muang 1 and Na Muang 2.

Waterfalls 1 (top picture) & Waterfalls 2 (bottom picture).

Both waterfalls are definitely worth visiting, showing that Ko Samui is not only limited to its beaches. But … what if you don’t have enough time to see them both? What if you simply want to go only to one of them? Which one is more interesting and worth visiting and why? Today we are answering these questions as we have both explored Na Muang 1 and Na Muang 2!

Na Muang 1 

Na Muang Waterfall 1 is definitely the most famous and beautiful of waterfalls in Ko Samui with a height 18 metres. The best thing about this waterfall is the swimming area at its bottom. It is big enough for a lot of people to enjoy it together, even if it’s a way more crowded than Waterfall 2. Best time to go is the late afternoon when it’s just about to go dark. You’ll probably be the only people in there, which adds to Na Muang 1’s charm.

Na Muang Waterfall 1.

It is located 10 km south of Nathon Town and it can be easily reached by car or motorbike. Its beautiful scenery is a great opportunity for everyone to have a nice picnic and refreshing bath with various shops and stalls selling souvenirs around.

Stunning view of Na Muang Waterfall 1.

It might be a bit overcrowded in the afternoon, but that is the place where you should head first when looking for relaxation and adventures!

Na Muang 2 

Na Muang 2 Waterfall, 80 metres high, is also beautiful and relaxing, but when it comes to comparing it with Na Muang 1, it definitely loses. One of the biggest advantages of it though is the fact that it is less busy and invites for a swim in the natural pool. Therefore, if you are looking for a place to hide from tourists, that would be a perfect spot.

Na Muang 2 scenery!

Suggestion: You should buy drinks and snacks before starting to hike up to the waterfall as there are no shops selling drinks and food nearby.

Relaxing bath at Na Muang 2.

To sum up, it’s nice to see both of waterfalls, Na Muang 1 & Na Muang 2 in order to decide yourself which one you prefer more. Nevertheless, if you are time limited, Na Muang 1 should definitely be your first choice!

Have you ever been to Ko Samui? If so, did you have a chance to see Na Muang 1 and/or Na Muang 2? Which one do you find better and why?

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21 thoughts on “Ko Samui Travel: Waterfall 1 or Waterfall 2, Where to Go?”

  1. “Na Muang 1 and Na Muang 2” are they really called that? They have the same names? Also, they look almost exactly the same. Maybe it’s because I haven’t seen them in person.

  2. Hi guys,
    Back in 1968 on our RTW trip, we rented a scooter on Ko Samui to see the island and to find a waterfall. We went to where they told us we’d find it, parked the scooter and hiked through the jungle, but never found it. We could hear it, but it started to rain and we gave up. It became a theme for us on the rest of our trip: looking for sites, but never finding them. We always had a laugh from then on when getting lost looking for that must see site. “Remember that waterfall on Ko Samui” that went undiscovered. I suspect they are very easy to find now, 48 years later. I also suspect that Ko Tao is now what Ko Samui was back then, very undeveloped.

    1. Agness Walewinder

      Hi Steve. Me and Cez also rented a scooter on Ko Samui this January and we could easily find both Waterfalls. Sorry to hear that you didn’t manage to see how beautiful they are, but still … that is something to remember. Now you have the story of undiscovered Waterfalls of Ko Samui to share :).

  3. That’s like a kinda off natural jacuzzi ;-)
    having the water fall on our body, seriously makes the body relax.
    seems you guys had great fun.:-)

  4. Kathryn Burrington

    They both look wonderful. There is something so romantic about swimming in pools at the foot of stunning waterfalls, ideally on your own. Of course, reality is that you will most likely have to share it but thanks for the tip for going late in day. I usually try to get places early to beat the crowds but I guess late can sometimes work just as well, if not better.

  5. Both the waterfalls look fascinating. This is something very close to nature. And personally, I spend as much time as I can in nature. Nature brings you closer to our own spirit.

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