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Tartain Waterfall

 

Tartain Waterfall
Tartain Waterfall
Tartain Waterfall
Tartain Waterfall
Tartain Waterfall
Tartain Waterfall
Tartain Waterfall
Tartain Waterfall
Tartain Waterfall
Tartain Waterfall
Tartain Waterfall
Tartain Waterfall
Tartain Waterfall
Tartain Waterfall
Tartain Waterfall
Tartain Waterfall
Tartain Waterfall
Tartain Waterfall
Tartain Waterfall
Tartain Waterfall
Tartain Waterfall
Tartain Waterfall
Tartain Waterfall
Tartain Waterfall
Tartain Waterfall
Tartain Waterfall

Tartain Waterfall was discovered at Koh Samui in 2010 and was named after the landowner, Mr. Tar Tain. For example such waterfalls as Khun Si Waterfall and Ta Nim or Tar Nim Waterfall also bear the names of the landowners in whose land the attractions were discovered.

The waterfall is located deep in the mountains of the central region of Ko Samui, and it is not that easy to get there. It is not because it is difficult to find - the road to the waterfall is marked on the terrain in a very detailed manner, and at each road fork where there is a likelihood of getting lost there will be a pointer with the direction to the falls. Generally speaking, it is the second waterfall on Koh Samui, after Namuang Waterfall, to which you are led step by step, almost by the hand.

The difficulty lies in the terrain and the road surface. The waterfall is located on the territory of a durian farm. Local residents are using mostly four-wheel drive pickup trucks and old sport bikes that are perfect for ascents, descents and off-road conditions.

The road is mostly a usual strip of concrete, in some places it is a primer, sprinkled with crushed stone. There are clay areas, and the segments in the form of two strips of concrete, 40 cm wide each, just the size of the pickups wheels. And between the strips and the edges of the road there can be pretty nasty pits with stones, one can easily slip into, having lost control.

We are warning you about the difficulties not because we want you to contact a tour agency and get a jeep safari to the Tartain waterfall. As always, we welcome independent travelers and explorers of Samui. But you should know that this waterfall is not a place to go on your own without the confident skills of riding a motorbike or on a rented car with a small clearance.

The last hundred meters of the descent just before the waterfall is a real off-road. Therefore, a motorbike or a car is best left at the small parking lot in front of a wooden gate with the inscription «Welcome». You can leave them even earlier, when on the way down you will see the sign «Stop motobike here», but it is better not to do it, because then it will be difficult to climb back, and it is much easier to go all the way through not on foot but on some vehicle. For those who are afraid that they won’t be able to make it, at the waterfall there is a Thai guy with a small SUV that carries people back to the parking lot for a rather unreasonable price - 100 baht per 1 kilometer.

The waterfall is located at the farthest point of the mini-park organized by Mr. Tar Taine on the money collected at the entrance.. Yes, there is entrance fee 100 baht, but barely anyone would want to turn back after having such a long trip. And, if you think about it, 100 baht is the price of two bottles of beer. Not so much for the opportunity to see one of the most interesting for ecotourists attractions in Koh Samui.

In the mini-park there are several bamboo pavilions, a pool with water running from the waterfall, swings and beds for relaxation. The trail to the falls on the entire length is equipped with the handrails and reinforced with bamboo steps. At the entrance to the park you can buy snacks and drinks, here you can refuel gasoline from bottles or get first aid.

Despite the remote location of the Tartain Waterfall from civilization, do not expect it to be something comparable to Niagara Falls. There won’t be tons of falling water and jumping off the cliff.

It is a small stream flowing from two noisy rapids into a backwater with a sandy bottom. The main advantage of the waterfall is its deepness, at any time of the year, except in April (the hottest month of the year). Around the backwater there are towering cliffs, covered with moss and greenery, creating a cozy backdrop for the eyes. And for some reason there are absolutely no mosquitoes.

With luck, you will spend at the pond two or three hours in complete solitude. And what is the best activity at a deserted place next to the beautiful waterfall in the jungle? Swimming of course!

How to find Tartain waterfall on Koh Samui?

Move in any direction along the ring road alnd ook for the big blue pointers "Magic Buddha Garden". Then you will come across a sign reading «Tartain waterfall wonder of nature». Follow the pointers..

Coordinates of the turning from the main road to the mountain road: 9.450718, 100.000694
Coordinates of the entrance to the Tartain Waterfall: 9.50972, 99.98917

Open from 11:00 till 17:00.


The list of all Koh Samui waterfalls:
1.    Namuang 1,
2.    Namuang 2,
3.    Hin Lad,
4.    Tar Nim,
5.    Tartain,
6.    Khun Si,
7.    Khow Yai,
8.    Siva Tara,
9.    Secret Falls,
10.  Lat Wanon,
11.  Zong Raue,
12.  Wang Sao Thong.


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