Despite the beautiful smiles Thailand can offer, its hot climate is not always so kind to the visitors. If the beach is not your choice of recreation site, waterfall can easily be another “cool” option for you. Thanks to its geography, Chanthaburi is one province in Thailand where several marvelous waterfalls are located in. Among them, Namtok Phlio (Phlio Waterfall) should stand out from the others with the guarantee from King Rama V as one of his favorite waterfalls.
This National Park covers 4 Districts in Chanthaburi province and is surrounded by the dense of steep mountain ranges and an abundant forest keeping the park’s weather calm all year long. The top of the fall is the site where 2 rivers meet creating a crystal clear pool at the bottom and home for numerous types of fish. Besides cooling down in the water, you can also take a natural trail hike to learn more about its fauna as well as the forest conditions.
Namtok Phlio National Park is not only a perfect place to loosen up your knots, but it is also an important historical site. Here, the Along Khon Chedi (Pagoda) was built in the reign of King Rama V for a mark of the fall’s beauty that had left a great impression on him during his several visits with Princess Sunanta Kumarirat, his first wife. After her tragic death in 1876, the Pra Nang Ruar Lom Stupa was commissioned near the cliff in front of the Phlio Waterfall as a commemoration for her. It was here, her relics were buried.
1) Follow the route 3 Bangna-Trat highway (Sukhumvit Road) from Bangkok headed to Chanthaburi. Make a left turn at the 347th kilometer marker and continue for approximately 2.5 km.
2) Follow the route 317 highway to Banbueng-Klaeng Road into Chanthaburi. Make a left turn at the 347th kilometer marker and continue for approximately 2.5 km.