There are 2 Namuang waterfalls in Koh Samui. Muang in Thai means purple and is named so because of the purple rocks that form the falls.
Namuang Waterfall 1 is a beautiful 18m high waterfall and easily accessible by a short walk into the jungle from the parking area nearby, making it a great place to stop off for a quick photo. There is a lovely pool formed at the foot of the waterfall where you will find tourists and locals alike jumping off rocks and taking a dip to cool off. As with any tourist attraction in Ko Samui, the pathway to the attraction is lined with stall sellers selling a range of arts and crafts and traditional Thai food.
Namuang Waterfall 2 is much more impressive gushing from a height of 80m. What makes this waterfall so beautiful and picturesque is the jungle surroundings and the natural light penetrating the canopy. There is also 20m high fall twinned with the larger waterfall, with a pool suitable for swimming. It is only accessible by a trek through the jungle on foot or by elephant.
Namuang Waterfalls are set in lush jungle surrounds, easily accessible just off the main ring road Route 4169 about halfway between Nathon and Lamai Beach.
Visitors with a reasonable level of fitness will be able to reach the falls on foot. The paths leading to the falls can be steep or slippery in places so be sure to wear some sturdy footwear and take care when walking. Though access to the waterfalls is free there is plenty along the way to spend your money on, including several stalls selling snacks and souvenirs and offers of a guided tour of the area.
Between Namuang 1 and 2 is the Na Muang Safari Park, which features elephant rides as well as monkey shows and other entertainment that kids especially will enjoy. An entire day could be spent at the falls swimming, hiking, exploring, picnicking – a cool and peaceful alternative to the beach.