Ratchaburi is another western province that offers a great range of fun activities for tourists. If you are a nature lover, you might have heard of the Bo Khleung Hot Stream. But have you heard of the Khao Chon Waterfall? It is situated only 1 kilometer away from Bo Khleung and offers a challenging adventure if that is what you are looking for.
The name of the waterfall itself should already tell you its condition and characteristics. The word “Khao Chon” derived from two origins – the first one is “Khao Kra Chon” which means leaping (leaping water from a high cliff in this case) and the second is “Khao Chan” referring to the 9 tiers of this waterfall. With the bountiful forest that is the source of the stream, you should not be surprised that the fall is actually made up of 14 tiers along the 25-kilometer length. Five other tiers are too dangerous to visit as they are located near tall cliffs and steep mountains.
Other than the rich scenery of the lush forest you can enjoy, another unique feature of Khao Chon is the amazing formations of large granite stones both on the trail and in the water. The total distance from the first to the last tier is approximately 5 kilometers and usually takes 3-4 hours one way. If you wish to finish the whole trail, be sure to start no later than 12 PM and head back before 4 PM for your own safety.
Another helpful side note is to bring a full bottle of water and a hiking partner with you no matter how much you love being a soloist. The path from the 6th pier can get very steep and it is better to have a buddy so you can keep an eye out for each other.
From Bangkok, use Phetkasem road and turn right onto Highway 3208 heading to Suan Phueng District. Follow the street signs for Bo Khleung Hot Stream but continue for 1 more kilometer after reaching Bo Khleung Hot Stream. The total distance is 170 kilometers.