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Travel || Ton Chong Fa Waterfall

Visiting Ton Chong Fa waterfall was on my travel “to do” list when researching things around our area in Thailand. I don’t mind hiking and seeing a local waterfall seemed pretty cool so we set out from our hotel bright and early one day. 

When we finally made it out to the waterfall, we were both a bit disappointed. It was beautiful but a bit…small? We’d expected something bigger. And then we realised our mistake. Ton Chong Fa waterfall is broken up into 5 sections that twist and turn around the mountain. We were just at the first level. We spotted the trail that would take us up pretty much vertically to the second section. As we climbed up, I was starting to curse this idea. The climb was hard and my level of fitness is low and upper body strength negligible; we were scrambling over boulders half the size of my height. We were also crossing Indiana Jones type rope bridges, minus the rope to hang on to. After a good 10 minutes of sheer climbing and seeing a millipede that was almost a foot long, and desperately huffing and puffing, I turned around to Sam and said, “Shall we skip this?” And he replied “Thank god. I really wanted to turn around but you seemed quite keen.” 

We quickly hightailed it back down to waterfall level 1 and just basked in its beauty and imagined the 4 others above where we were. And that’s how we tried and failed to climb Ton Chong Fa. We still got around 8 miles of walking in that day, so not an utter failure! 

In all seriousness, if you are in the area, I would recommend seeing it. However, I strongly recommend making sure you are actually up for a mission, or if you are happy just to see the first section (like we ended up doing). We saw countless other people make the same decision that we did. On the way back down to the town from the waterfall we passed an elderly British couple who were making their way up. Noticing that one of them had a cane in hand, I decided to warn them off even attempting levels 2-5. The woman kindly laughed and said that she had already read about the different levels and that they were only planning on seeing the first.  Research fail on my part, then. 

It costs 200 baht person to enter the National Park. 

These are rubber trees! It was pretty exciting to see them for the first time.

Have you ever started a hike that you couldn’t finish?

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  • It still looks beautiful, and you added one more adventure to your books!

  • Ellie

    aww you look so happy! Also, the pink converse look amazing!!
    Hope you’re having the best time xxx

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    • Thanks Eleanor! Those converse are super old, and they were looking dreadful, so a few days before we left England for Thailand, I tied them up inside an old pillowcase and threw them in the wash and it really sorted them out! They don’t look “as good as new” but it’s a huge improvement! x

  • Blimey I bet that was a shock to the system! It’s so worth giving up if its otherwise going to ruin your day, and though it might have been smaller than you were expecting, I still think it looks pretty! Alice xxx

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    • We could hear some of the massive part above us, so I can almost chalk it up to having experienced the whole thing, right? πŸ˜‰ We knew that from the point where we gave up it was 4 miles back, so I just couldn’t fathom doing more of the climb and then descending and then hiking the 4 miles. We definitely got our exercise in that day, but it could have been a crazy amount more. It was still really pretty, I just wish I had researched a bit better and then we might have come with our heads on straight for proper bouldering action. (And appropriate shoes!) x

  • beautiful waterfall!

  • Christine Everyday

    Wow, that is definitely a gorgeous place!

  • YES! This happened to us in Morocco. There were seven waterfalls, I completely underestimated how tricky the hike would be (to the point I was in a sundress and saltwater sandals) and when we got there- boom. Indiana Jones time. I only made it to the first one before i went, nope. I’m done.

    • Haha, we literally had the SAME experience then. Sam was in sandals because I told him that I thought it was going to be “no big deal”. Huge error! It’s a good story now though. x

  • Bloody amazing I love waterfalls

  • There have definitely been a few hikes that I wanted to stop and turn around on! Unfortunately my Viking tends to be far more determined than me, but I have let him go onward and take pictures to show me later πŸ™‚

    • Since I did all the “research” Sam was only in sandals or I bet he would have pushed it a bit further! Nothing wrong with giving up though! πŸ˜‰ x

  • Sam was only in sandals? haha I can definitely see why he wasn’t in for a massive hike. I’m not gonna lie, I would probably have done the same. And it’s refreshing to see a blogger post about not making it at the top haha makes me feel less guilty!

    • Haha yea…I definitely hadn’t prepped him well for what was to come. I was in tennis shoes but it was just too hard. I had to give up to defeat! x

  • cox4257@mail.ru

    I also like to travelling and i know most of the people are like to do this. Your experience make me so interested to go to travel. Thanks for post the happy moment with us.

  • I’m super competitive, but also would have probably shown up in in flip flops had I not done the research, but would have kicked them off and proclaimed, “we are doing this!” and Adam probably would have waited for me at the bottom while I cut my feet up haha. Am I the only one that started singing “anyone knows that an ant can’t, move a rubber tree plant, but he’s got hiiiiiiiigh hopes”

    • What American commercial was it that used that song as in the commercial for ages….. around the “He’s got high apple pie, in the sky hopes” bit especially. Can you remember? I feel like I remember a dog being in that commercial but I might be way off base there. x