Kathu Waterfall in Phuket

Attraction Kathu, Phuket, Thailand Published on: 26-06-2016

3 hours
08:00 AM - 04:30 PM
09:00 AM
11:00 AM
Second-time visit
Parks & Aquarium
5.70 USD

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Kathu waterfall is located in Kathu, Phuket, Thailand. It’s a worth stop for visitors who want to find the fresh feeling during the hot weather of the summer. The Kathu waterfall was divided into 2 parts. On the left, it’s the place for the kids can swim without worrying about the level of water. And on the right is the real waterfall

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Why Kathu Waterfall in Phuket is special ?

The Kathu Waterfall is flowing down on the side of Kao Kamala (Kamala mountain) in the rainy forest. The area was upgraded in a way to offer some facilities to go up to the mountain with a staircase of a level about 130 meters During the rainy season (from July to December), the waterfall is more active. During the high season, there's less of water flowing down, but the coolness of the place is still to be enjoyed. Already on the first level you can be sitting in the shadow and have a view over the waterfall. At the second level, some stairs up, you can find nice places adjusted with tables and benches beside the river. On the mountain there are little paths everywhere and it's a pleasant and not too risky way to discover the rainy forest, a beautiful and preserved area.

What to explore at Kathu Waterfall in Phuket?

the visitors coming there can:

+ If you want to get to the very top of Kathu Waterfall expect a hard climb. Luckily, most of the way up comprises stairs and is shaded so you can stop and take rests at will. Right at the top there’s a pool in which you can take a dip and there are ‘drop pools’ stationed along the way up to cool off in.

+At the bottom there are plenty of places to snack and buy water – essential if you’re planning to make it to the top. The beauty of it all is that Kathu Waterfall is as hard or as easy as you want it to be: If you’re with little ones then take it easy and go halfway up to the drop pool for a dip or if you like a challenge go the whole hog. But just remember to take drinking water. Nearby attractions are Palazzo – a dinner show – and Flying Hanuman – where you can zip through the jungle imitating a flying fox.

How to get to Kathu Waterfall in Phuket?

Turning left at the traffic lights by the Caltex Gas Station onto Route 4020 (if coming from Patong) and continue for one kilometre until you see a black marble sign for the waterfall. Turn left again onto 'Thanon Namtok Kathu' Kathu Waterfall, Street.

Selling points

  • - “ A stairway to heaven”
  • - “Worth the trek”
  • - “Walk right into the Rainforest”
  • - “Nice hike in the nature”
  • - “Long up hill climb”
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Kathu, Phuket, Thailand

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Tips for you

  • You should take your shoes off before entering the temple.
  • - Before entering the main gate of the temple there are small souvenir shops..
  • - There are also some local vendors selling street food .
  • - Climbing to the top of the Wat gives impressive views and excellent photographic opportunities. It takes about 20 minutes to walk up stairs.
  • - It's recommended to wear discreet clothes.
    What to wear
  • - You shouldn't go there in the winter because there is not a lot of water coming down outside the rainy season.
  • - You shouldn't bring many jewelry and money .
    What to bring
  • - Make sure to take lots of water to drink .
    What to bring
  • - The best time to go is from June to November when there is plenty of monsoon water.
  • - It's recommended to do in the morning when not so hot as quite humid.
  • - -You should not stand over.
  • - Otherwise position themselves higher than any Buddha images except when pasting gold leaf to them - which in any case happens only in some ways, not in most.
  • - The temple was really crowded, even though it were a bit before the high season kicks off.
  • - It's best not to wear your most expensive shoes when visiting wats in case someone else mistaken walks away with them.
  • - -Watching out for the snakes and spiders.
  • Wats in general are sacred places for local people, so it is wise for the visitor to watch and emulate the way Thais behave inside temples.
    Things nearby
  • - You can combine with elephant trekking and gibbon rehab.
    Things nearby
  • - Parking is free and you can get a drink or ice cream from the shops around the entrance.


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It's not a waterfall. This is not where you go to admire falling water, but it is an extraordinary place. Take an ice chest, your friends, family and loved ones on a hot day to chill in creek as water flows about you. There are a lot of places to set up your picnic area and backwaters to light up your dubie. It's far from exciting like waterfall entails, but it's seriously a perfect place to relax and mingle: NO ENTRY FEE

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