Located at Mu 1,
Tambon Kaluwo Nua, the 4-kilometer beach connects with the eastern
coast of Pattani Province. Divided into several segments by its
rocky terrain, Hat Ao Manao borders on Thaksin Ratchaniwet Palace to
the south. The beach is an ideal place for relaxation with its
arboretum and row of pines. In addition, there is a beach forest
study trail for nature enthusiasts. Native plants such as Chak
Thale, Manao Phi and Toei Thale (appearance similar to a pineapple)
can be found in the area. Private accommodations nearby are
available for overnight stays. The beach is situated approximately 3
kilometers from town along the Narathiwat - Tak Bai route (Highway
A traditional Thai
Muslim fishing village, Ban Thon is located approximately 16
kilometers from the city. The village is a well-known center for
production of real and miniature Korlae boats, which is considered
to be an exquisite form of local art. Boys over 13 years old
traditionally make the miniature boats, costing from a few hundred
baht to 2,000 bahts. Moreover, some children spend their free time
making these miniature boats.
products made of Krachut sedge and Annonaceae leaves are also sold
here. A few popular products are colorful and exquisitely designed
eyeglass holders, bags and mats. They are value-for-money souvenirs
ranging in price from 30 bahts to a few hundred bahts.
village products are the sumptuous Budu sauce and fish crackers.
Along the beach visitors will see lines of dried fish and many Budu
sauce vats. The sauce is used extensively in southern cooking,
similar to the use of fish sauce in Thai cooking. It is possible to
see how the sauce is made and purchase some as souvenirs daily.
note that on Fridays, villagers go to prayers and take the day off.
Therefore, it may not be convenient to buy things on Friday.
The village is
located at Tambon Khok Tian, around 16 kilometers from the town on
Highway No. 4136 (Narathiwat-Ban Thon).
This is not an
ordinary village, but is an old community established when the
province was known as Bang Nara village. At present, the village is
a major Batik production center with distinctive, traditionally made
fabrics that have beautiful designs and fascinating colors. They are
multi-purpose fabrics that are very popular among both local
residents and tourists.
The village is
located some 4 kilometers from the Provincial Hall on Highway No.
4055 (Amphoe Muang-Amphoe Rangae). Turn onto Soi 6 of Yakang 1 Road
and proceed for about 700 meters.
white-powdered sandy beach stretching for 5 kilometers is located
near the estuary of the Bang Nara River, where the annual Korlae
boat races are held. The beach is naturally decorated with dense
pine trees, which provide a tranquil shady area suitable for
pitching tents. Several beachside restaurants serving southern-style
cuisine and accommodation facilities are provided. The view from the
beach is impressive, as there is a backdrop of fishing villages
extending along the river and the bay is full of Korlae fishing
Narathat Beach is
located just 1 kilometer from town on Phichit Bamrung Road. Visitors
can conveniently hire motorcycles, tricycles or mini-buses from town
to the beach.
Khao Kong Buddhist Park
The Park occupies
an area of 142 rais (56.8 acres) in Tambon Lamphu, about 9
kilometers from town on the Narathiwat-Rangae route (Highway No.
4055). The main attraction in Wat Khao Kong is a graceful southern
Buddha image, the golden Phra Phuttha Thaksin Ming Mongkhon, which
is seated in the lotus position. The construction of the
steel-reinforced concrete image that was decorated with gold mosaics
started in 1966 and was completed in 1969. This mountaintop Buddha
image, which is considered to be the most beautiful and largest (17
meters wide and 24 meters high) outdoor Buddha image in southern
Thailand, is decorated in the South Indian style.
New Central Mosque
The mosque is
located at Ban Bang Nara, just before Narathat Beach. This mosque,
which is the province’s second central mosque built in 1981, is a
religious site highly revered by Thai Muslims. This 3-story
Arabian-style building with a large dome on top has the main
convention hall on the ground floor and the prayer rooms on the top
2 floors. In addition, there is a high tower that is used to call
Muslims to prayer.
Old Central Mosque
Also widely known
as Yumiya Mosque, or Rayo Mosque, the compound is located to the
north of town, further from the Provincial Hall on Phichit Bamrung
Road, just before the intersection at the clock tower. This original
wooden mosque was built in 1938 in the Sumatran-style and is the
burial place of the old city Lord, Phraya Phu Pha Phakdi. Usually
there is only one provincial mosque, but because this mosque is
quite small, a new mosque was built at the mouth of Bang Nara River.
However, this old mosque is still highly respected by locals and is
regarded as the central one.
Phikun Thong Development Study Center
The center was
established according to an initiative of His Majesty the King who
saw the necessity for a knowledge center for land reform in the
area. The center has a complete range of activities such as
analyzing and testing plants, livestock care, providing technical
know-how and providing agricultural training. Occupying an area of
2,784,000 square meters, the center is divided into office
buildings, demonstration plots and testing plots in swamp forest
include a soil project that adds maximum acidity to paddy soil, then
attempts to find a solution so it can be used to counter acidic soil
nationwide. Other projects include a new concept in agriculture that
is used in areas with an abundant supply of water and planting of
oil palm in highly organic soil. A small, fully integrated factory
and Prince of Songkhla University jointly produce products from palm
oil, like oil extracts, soap and butter that are sold to workers and
outsiders. A livestock factory produces animal waste gas wells.
There is also a project that plants Zalacca palm to supplement
Furthermore, on weekdays the center operates a training center on
making products from Krachut sedge and Annonaceae leaves.
People who come
here to study also receive considerable enjoyment. This is in
accordance with His Majesty the King’s intention that an observation
tour should be similar to a picnic in a park. Every September, the
center holds an exhibition that coincides with the Narathiwat
The center is
located between Ban Phikun Thong and Ban Khok Saya in Tambon Kaluwo
Nuea, about 1 kilometer from the Thaksin Ratchaniwet Palace and 8
kilometers from Narathiwat town on Highway No. 4084 (Narathiwat-Tak
Siri Maya Pagoda
pagoda is situated on the hill adjacent to the Khao Kong Buddhist
Park. Small pagodas housing Phra Phrom images were built above all
four doorways and the holy relics of Lord Buddha are enshrined at
the very top of the pagoda. A convocation hall, with the outer walls
decorated with carved, terracotta tiles is located on a nearby hill
behind which is a figure of an elephant kneeling to present a lotus.
In addition, the building’s awning portrays a warrior and an angel
holding a jug. Local residents built the pagoda as a dedication to
Her Majesty the Queen.
Thaksin Ratchaniwet Palace
This Palace is on
Tanyongmat Mountain, Tambon Kaluwo Nua, on the coast near Manao Bay.
It is 8 kilometers from town on Highway No. 4084 (Narathiwat-Tak
Bai). Situated on an area of 480,000 square meters at the summit of
the Tan Yong Mut Mountain, His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej
commissioned its construction in 1973 as his royal summer residence.
The compound is comprised of throne halls decorated with an
assortment of trees which provide a good shade for the whole area. A
craft center providing training on pottery and ceramics, as well as
selling products is also located nearby. When the royal family is
not in residence, the grounds are open daily for public viewing
between 8.30 a.m. and 4.30 p.m. The Royal Family normally resides
here between October and December. The garden provides a great view
of the adjacent beach and contains an aviary. To visit the Palace,
take a bus that goes to Amphoe Tak Bai and get off in front of the
Kubu Beach-Ban Khlong Tan
24-kilometer beach extends over Tambon Sai Wan, Tambon Sala
Mai and Tambon Chehe ending at the mouth of Maenam Su-ngai
Kolok. The beach has a long, powdery beach dotted by shady
pine trees that creates a relaxing environment. To get
there, take Highway No. 4984 (Narathiwat-Tak Bai) and
proceed for 20 kilometers and switch to the beach road that
runs for 1 kilometer.
The island is
located close to Wat Chon Thara Singhe. From Tak Bai District Market
intersection, there is a 345-meter long wooden bridge spanning Tak
Bai River to Ko Yao. The island’s attraction is its eastern seaside
section with a white sandy beach and cozy ambience. In addition,
most of the inhabitants are Muslim fishermen who dwell in simple
homes in coconut plantations.
Wat Chon Thara Singhe
This temple is at
Mu 3, Tambon Chehe, on the bank of Tak Bai River. From the town,
take Highway No. 4985 (Narathiwat-Tak Bai) until the Tak Bai
District Market intersection, turn left and proceed for another 100
meters to the temple entrance.
In 1873, Phra Khru
Ophat Phutthakhun established the temple and requested land from
Phraya Kelantan for its construction. At that time, Tak Bai was
still a part of Kelantan in Malaysia. This Buddhist temple, which
played an important role in the secession of land between Siam and
Malaya (then a colony of the United Kingdom) during the reign of
King Rama V in 1909, is located in a predominantly Muslim community.
The Thai side raised the fact that since this is a Buddhist temple,
it should remain with Thailand. The British relented and agreed to
use the Klok River (Tak Bai River) that flows through Tak Bai as the
boundary. Therefore, the temple is also called “Wat Phithak Phaen
Din Thai” or the temple that protects Thai sovereignty.
The temple is
generally peaceful and has a spacious lawn on the riverbank that is
ideal for relaxation. The chapel, built in the reign of King Rama V,
has murals drawn by monks from Songkhla. The paintings depict the
life of the Lord Buddha and the daily life of locals at that time.
It also houses a main Buddha image made of gold, which covers its
original features of a red mouth and black hair and situated on a
1.5-meter high base. From the style of the base, it is believed that
this is a Mon image. Another building housing a reclining Buddha
image has inner walls covered with old Sangkhalok porcelain.
To get there,
take a bus to Tak Bai district. Other transportation options are
mini-buses (20 bahts), vans (30 bahts and board at the roundabout in
town) and buses. If traveling by bus, get off at Tak Bai
intersection and walk for around 500 meters. Vans will take you
right into the temple.
Budo-Su-ngai Padi Mountain Range National Park
The park is part
of the Sankala Khiri Mountain Range that serves as a natural border
between Thailand and Malaysia. The area was once mostly inhabited by
guerrillas, therefore, few people could get in to admire the natural
beauty of the virgin jungle. It was only with the establishment of
the Pacho Waterfall Park (later known as Budo-Su-ngai Padi National
Park) in 1974 by the Royal Forest Department that the situation had
changed. The park occupies an area of 294 square kilometers and
extends into parts of Narathiwat, Yala and Pattani Provinces.
Luang Pho Daeng of Wat Choeng Khao
former abbot and a revered monk of the province, Luang Pho Daeng,
died on 1 January 1979 at the age of 90 years old. After death, his
body did not decompose, resulting in much reverence by local
residents who placed his body in a glass coffin for others to pay
This temple is
situated at Mu 4, Ban Choeng Khao, Tambon Paluka Samo, approximately
13 kilometers from the District Office on the way to Pattani. Take
Highway No. 42 (Phetchakasem Road), turn left at Ban Ton Thai and
drive for 5.5 kilometers.
Taloh-manoh Mosque (Wadil-husen Mosque or the 200-year Mosque)
Situated in Bacho
District, the mosque is usually dubbed the 200-year mosque or
300-year mosque by the locals. It is believed that Haji Saihu, a
religious teacher ordered a builder named Sae-ma to build the mosque
Instead of using
nails and screws, the whole mosque was traditionally built using old
building tools such as Malarbar ironwood (a local timber known as
Mai Takien) and wooden bolts and pins. The 26 wooden poles are 10x10
inches, the floor is two inches thick and window shutters are of
solid wood boards. The mosque itself consists of two adjacent
buildings built in a mixture of local Thai, Chinese, and Malay
architectural styles. The most prominent feature is the building’s
three-tiered roof where the Imam prays. The top tier features a dome
constructed in the Chinese pavilion style. In the past, it
functioned as the minaret or tower where people were called from at
prayer times. Visitors can see the building from the surrounding
area, however, those wishing to see the interior are are required to
receive permission from the village Imam.
Next to the mosque
is a Muslim graveyard. Rocks decorating the grave of deceased males
will be round, while those for females would be half buried, with
only half of the rock visible above ground.
The mosque is
located in Ban Talo Mano, Tambon Subo Sawo, 25 kilometers from
Narathiwat town. Take Highway No. 42 and make a turn at Burangae
Hala-Bala Wildlife Reserve
attraction for nature lovers, Hala-Bala is one of Thailand’s more
recent conservation areas. Officially established in 1996, the
reserve is located near the Thai-Malaysian border. Covering an area
of approximately 433.16 square kilometers, it extends over Sankala
Khiri Mountain Range and the deep forests of Hala and Bala Forests
that are not connected to each other. Although they are a part of
the same reserve, Hala Forest is in Amphoe Betong in Yala Province
and Amphoe Chanae in Narathiwat Province while Bala Forest, the only
part that is open to the public, spans Amphoe Waeng and Amphoe Su
Khirin in Narathiwat.
Highway No. 4062
(Khwam Man Khong Road) goes through Sankala Khiri Mountain Range,
making access to the reserve easier. Visitors can start at Ban
Buketa in Amphoe Waeng, go through Bala Forest and end up at Ban Phu
Khao Thong in Amphoe Su Khirin for a total distance of 18
kilometers. On both sides of the road are the most verdant jungles
in Thailand. To study nature, you only have to drive through the
area and you will likely see many extraordinary things from the park
enthusiasts, simply driving through the area from the Park Office
onwards will provide extraordinary views of nature. Approximately 5
kilometers from the office, is a wildlife lookout point. The
numerous Banyan trees flourishing in the area yield plenty of fruit
for animals that regularly come to feed there. About 10 kilometers
further is the Phu Khao Thong Protection Unit, a sub-office of the
reserve. From here it is possible to see a sea of mist at dawn.
Walking about 100 meters from the unit, visitors will find a
gigantic Somphong (Kraphong) tree that has a diameter of 25 meters.
The height of a section near the ground that supports the trunk is
about 4 meters. This tree likes to grow near water and is a softwood
tree used in making toothpicks or matches.
Along the route
are several plants that are rarely found elsewhere in Thailand such
as the Yuan tree of the bean family. This tree is regarded as the
third tallest tree in the world, after the redwood and eucalyptus,
respectively. It has a white trunk and can reach a height of 65 to70
meters. Normally, the tree is perfect for making furniture. Another
tree located here is the Saya tree of the rubber family, which is
the most striking tree of the Hala-Bala forest. Looking carefully,
visitors will see hornbills as the forest are their preferred
nesting sites. In addition, it is possible to see the Hua Roi Ru Nam
tree, which is one of the newest plants found in the country.
creates an ecological balance for the area. Many of the animals are
on the list of nearly-extinct animals of Thailand. They include the
large black gibbon, or Sia Mang, that is totally black in color and
nearly double the size of the white-handed gibbon. There is also the
agile gibbon that is usually found on Sumatra, Borneo and northern
Malaysian jungles and southern Thailand. With luck, visitors may be
able to see two of these creatures hanging from a branch. The area
also has Thut frogs that are the largest frogs in the country. It is
about a foot long and weighs over 5 kilograms. The frogs live in
watershed forests on high mountains. A survey discovered that four
types of protected mammals, which are the Sumatran serow, tapir,
marbled cat, and Asian two-horned rhinoceros, inhabit the area.
The hornbill, a
rare bird, is an indicator of the state of the forest. Nonetheless,
the reserve has 9 out of 12 species of hornbills in Thailand. These
include the wrinkled hornbill, helmeted hornbill (the only kind of
hornbill that has a thick upper beak and Indonesian villagers hunt
it to get the beak to carve into ornaments like ivory), Oriental
pied hornbill, great pied hornbill, white-crowned hornbill,
bushy-crested hornbill, Malayan rhinoceros hornbill, black hornbill,
and wreathed hornbill.
to enter the area for nature study must write in advance to the
reserve at P.O. Box 3, Amphoe Waeng, Narathiwat 96120 or the
Wildlife Reserve Department of the Natural Resources Conservation
Office, Royal Forest Department, Bangkok. As the reserve is a
sensitive area, visitors are not permitted to stay overnight. The
best time to study nature here is from late February to September,
when there is little rain.
Mini-buses can be hired from Amphoe Waeng Market or from Su-ngai
Kolok train station.
The waterfall is
actually a stream that comes down from a forest at a higher
altitude. The falls feature a wide rock plateau which is suitable
for relaxation. Another attraction is the Southern Forest Flowers
and Decorative Plants Survey and Collection Project under the
Patronage of HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn. The project has
more than 200 plant species that are grouped according to their
natural habitat. Signs provide plant names and useful information.
Plants here are both interesting in terms of local botany and
breeding to be developed as decorative and economic plants. The
project is open from 8.30 a.m. to 4.00 p.m. The waterfall is located
approximately 7 kilometers from Amphoe Waeng on Highway No. 4057.
Turn left onto Phua Khwam Man Khong Road and proceed for around 8
kilometers, then drive another 300 meters to the waterfall.
Wat Chon Thara Singhe
Thara Singhe is at Moo 3, Tambon Chehe, on the bank of Tak Bai
River. From town, take Highway No. 4985 (Narathiwat-Tak Bai) to Tak
Bai District Market intersection and turn left for about 100 metres
to the temple entrance. In 1873, Phra Khru Ophat Phutthakhun
established the temple and requested land from Phraya Kelantan for
its construction. At that time, Tak Bai was still a part of Kelantan
This is a Buddhist temple among a predominantly Muslim community. It
played a role in the secession of land between Siam and Malaya (then
a colony of the United Kingdom) during the reign of King Rama V in
1909. The Thai side raised the fact that since this is a Buddhist
temple, it should remain with Thailand. The British relented and
agreed to use the Klok River (Tak Bai River) that flows through Tak
Bai as the boundary. Therefore, the temple is also called “Wat
Phithak Phaen Din Thai” or the temple that protects Thai
The temple is generally
peaceful and has a spacious lawn on the bank that is ideal for
relaxation. The chapel, built in the reign of King Rama V, has wall
murals drawn by Songkhla monks. The paintings clearly recount the
life of Lord Buddha and the interesting life of locals at that time.
It also houses a main Buddha image made of gold, which covers its
original features of a red mouth and black hair. It is situated on a
1.5 metres high base. From the style of the base, it is believed
that this is a Mon image. Another building houses a reclining Buddha
image and the inner walls are covered with old Sangkhalok porcelain.
To get there, you can take
a bus to Tak Bai district. In addition, there are mini-buses (20
baht), vans (30 baht and get on at the roundabout in town) and
buses. You can get off at Tak Bai intersection and walk for around
500 metres. Vans will take you right into the temple.
Chao Mae Tomo Shrine
The shrine is
located in Soi Phuthon, Charoen Khet Road. Originally housed at Ban
Tomo in Amphoe Su Khirin, villagers transferred Chao Mae Tomo to
Su-ngai Kolok District. The goddess is highly revered by the local
residents and residents of nearby provinces, as well as Chinese
Malaysians. Every year, a festival is held at the shrine on the 23rd
day of the third month of the Chinese calendar (around April).
Activities undertaken include a procession, lion parade, a fancy
acrobatic stilts procession, a long drum procession, and walking
over hot coal.
Sirindhorn Peat Swamp Forest Nature Research and Study Center (To
Daeng Peat Swamp Forest – Pa Pru To Daeng)
This last remaining
peat swamp forest in Thailand spreads over 3 districts including Tak
Bai, Su-ngai Kolok and Su-ngai Padi. Covering an area of 192 square
kilometers, of which 80 square kilometers are dense forests, the
swamp is rich in fauna and flora. Major waterways that pass through
the area are Khlong Su-ngai Padi, Bang Nara River and Khlong To
Daeng, from which the forest derives its name.
study treks are provided to transfer knowledge on peat swamp forests
to visitors. The 1,200-meter trail starts from a swamp behind the
research center with one segment of the trail consisting of a wooden
bridge suspended by metal slings and another consisting of a high
tower for viewing the lush scenery below. Informative signs provide
interesting facts about trees and provide guidance for new trekkers.
The trail is open daily from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. with no admission fee.
An exhibition room is also provided to give nature enthusiasts
A peat swamp forest
originates from fresh water that is confined in limited space for a
long period of time and subsequently leads to an accumulation of
organic matter in the soil, like dead plants, trees and leaves.
These progresses are slowly transformed into peat or organic soil
that is soft like sponge with low density and absorbs water very
well. In this area, peat has accumulated together with marine
sediment to create 2-3 interlocking layers of both types of soil.
Because the sea level was high enough to cover the forest
accumulation of sediment ensued and seawater was contained in the
area. This resulted in the demise of plants in the forest and
created a mangrove forest in its place. When the water level receded
and rain came, the water was transformed into fresh water and the
peat swamp forest emerged. The deeper soil layers date from
6,000-7,000 years, while the top layers is from 700-1,000 years.
The forest has a
diverse ecological system with every life being interconnected.
Trees have strong roots that spread out to those of other trees and
help them in supporting their large trunks. Therefore, trees in the
peat swamp forest will grow together in a group. If one falls, so
will the others.
There are over 400
species of plants in the peat swamp forest. The most outstanding are
strange palms like Lum Phi whose fruits can be eaten and red palm
whose entire trunk is red in color. Red palm is popular as a garden
plant. Moreover, there are aromatic flowers like the Goniothalamus
giganteus, a plant of the Annonaceae family that has large flowers.
In addition, with careful scrutiny, visitors may be able to spot
orchids and an assortment of small plants.
There are over 200 animal species in the forest. Small creatures
include langurs, civets, wild cats, Singapore rats, and Malayan tree
frogs while large animals include wild boars and binturongs. A
variety of fish also makes it home in the forest, including a
certain species of catfish that can be raised in acidic water and
the strange angler catfish that has a flat, wide head and a long
body. This catfish has a poisonous spine in its dorsal fin. The fish
uses the forest as a refuge and to spawn. Villagers catch this fish
for food when it is fully grown.
Birds here include the Rufous-tailed Shama that is mainly found in
Sumatra, Borneo and Malaysia and was first discovered in Thailand in
1987. The Malaysian Verditer Flycatcher is found only in Sirindhorn
Peat Swamp Forest in Thailand. Both species are now endangered.
The forest is
interesting not only because of its unusual flora and fauna, but
also because of the overall unique experience that people,
particularly children, are bound to receive when they visit. The
surrounding nature offers a constant stream of surprises. While
trekking amidst a serene forest, visitors may encounter an animal
grazing. Trails take you close to, but not overly interfering with,
Note: Visitors to
the forest are recommended to bring notebooks, colored pencils,
binoculars, cameras, and mosquito repellent. With these items in
hand, it is possible to spend a whole day of fun here as the cool
climate of the forest is conducive for explorations. The best time
to go is during February-April because there is little rain. The
other months will see frequent rainfall because the forest is
situated on a peninsula.
Tourists should be
aware of the disease-carrying black mosquitoes, which are prevalent
in the area and come out in the evening. Forest fire can happen as a
result of smoking and discarding cigarette butts on the ground. When
there is a forest fire in this forest, it is more difficult to put
out because there is ample fuel in the form of trees, dead barks and
organic matters in the ground. The fire will actually spread
underground, making it extremely difficult to extinguish and control
and can last for months. The only way to put it out is to wait for
heavy rainfall where the subsequent inundation should extinguish the
It is more convenient to get there by train from Bangkok as the last
station is at Su-ngai Kolok. If not, bring a car which can also be
chartered from Su-ngai Kolok.
If driving, take
Highway No. 4057 (Tak Bai-Su-ngai Kolok) for about 5 kilometers,
then switch to the branch road and proceed for 3 kilometers to
Chawananan Road. After that, turn left and proceed for 2 kilometers
where directional signs that lead visitors all the way to the forest
are posted. For more information, contact P.O. Box 37, Su-ngai
Kolok, Narathiwat 96120.
Su-ngai Kolok Checkpoint
The largest border
trading area in the province, the checkpoint opens between 5.00 a.m.
and 9.00 p.m. Cross-border traffic is via a bridge common between
Thailand and Malaysia. Thais like to cross to Rantu Panyang to buy
electrical goods and snacks while Malays come over to shop for food
The checkpoint is located around 1 kilometer from Su-ngai Kolok train
station. There are 2 possible routes from the city. The first is via
Highway No. 4055 (Narathiwat-Rangae). Proceed along the highway and
turn left at Ban Manang Tayo, then take Highway No. 4056 to Amphoe
Su-ngai Padi into Su-ngai Kolok. The second route is by taking
Highway No. 4084 from Narathiwat town to Amphoe Tak Bai, turning
right to Highway No. 4057 (Tak Bai-Su-ngai Kolok) and proceeding for
From Su-ngai Kolok
Checkpoint, visitors can drive across the bridge to Kota Bahru in
Malaysia, but each car must be insured (see details below under Taba
Checkpoint). For a border pass, call tel. 0- 7361-4296.
Chat Warin Waterfall
Waterfall is at Tambon To Teng, not too far from town. Take Highway
No. 4056 to Su-ngai Padi Hospital, then turn left for 6 kms. The
entrance is a good asphalt road in Budo-Su-ngai Padi National Park.
This is a medium-sized waterfall that has a year-round water supply
and is shady by the many trees in the area.
The most striking plant
here is the rare Bangsun Palm that is found in the jungle around
1,800 metres above sea level. Originating from Malaysia, the plant
is a low tree with many branches that can get as high as 3 metres.
It has neatly arranged, large, diamond-shaped leaves. The palm is
regarded by many as the most beautiful palm in the world and is
found only in this forest. The name “Bangsun Palm” was given by
Professor Prachit Wamanon, advisor of the royal projects, when he
inspected the area and found the palm had grown in a Muslim village.
The professor saw that the palm leaf was similar to a “Bangsun,” a
large umbrella used in processions. The locals call the palm Buke
Ipae, meaning mountain centipede, probably because the flower is
shaped like a centipede.