Namtok Khao Soi Dao located within the Khao Soi Dao Wildlife Sanctuary in Amphoe Soi Dao, 4 kilometres from the Sanctuary’s headquarters. The waterfall has 16 tiers with plentiful butterflies at the basin area, ideal for butterfly watching and plant study. The Sanctuary covers mixed deciduous and deciduous dipterocarp forests, with a giant tree called Phra Chao Ha Phra Ong located 200 metres from the first tier of the waterfall on the right, which is a perennial tree in the tropical evergreen rainforest. Its huge trunk can be encircled by 20 people with both arms fully stretched with the large root of 5 metres high above the ground branching out into narrow corners like cave holes. There are also wild animals, and birds: Chanthabun silver pheasant, and short-tailed green magpie.
The geographic condition is composed of undulating mountains with two peaks: Yot Soi Dao Nuea and Yot Soi Dao Tai. The highest peak of Yot Soi Dao Tai is approximately 1,675 metres above sea level. The abundance of the forest is the origin of many streams flowing down to become the large waterfall of Khao Soi Dao amidst the deep natural forest.
To appreciate the beauty of the waterfall, visitors have to walk along the route that is full of beauty and excitement; for example, at some levels, one needs to climb the terrain along the banyan tree’s root measuring 20 metres high to reach the large spectacular waterfall at the top level. Visitors can walk freely until the 9 th level for 2.5 kilometres, which takes almost 2 hours. The 10 th-16 th levels require a guide, which takes another hour’s walk. Accommodation is provided near the waterfall.
Khao Soi Dao Waterfall
Location: Sai Khao, Khao Soi Dao, Chanthaburi 22180 Thailand