No trip to Thailand is complete without riding an elephant. Most elephant riding in Samui goes into the jungle and visits some of the beautiful waterfalls on the island, giving you a unique perspective of everything from sitting on the back of the elephant.

Swimming in the waterfalls and feeding the elephants is bonus to an already big experience. Elephant riding is located mainly on the West coast of the island south of Nathon and to the West of Lamai.

The elephant riding may also be combined with a Junge Safari trip which includes 4x4 WD driving in the jungle, crocodile show, rubber plantation, temple visit, waterfall swim and monkey show. Full and half day packages are available.The reception at The Park Samui resort can help arranging any of these tours.

Na Muang Waterfall

In the interior of Samui Island are a number of waterfalls that can make an interesting change of pace when you tire of the beach scene. The most popular of these are the Na Muang falls, so called because the rock face is purple.

The Na Muang falls lie south of the island's central peaks, at about the midway point between the two coasts. A paved entrance road leads off the main street connecting Hua Thanon, south of Lamai, to Nathon. There are actually two tiers to the falls. The higher tier requires some trekking, on foot or elephant, to reach.

The lower tier is 30 meters high with water cascading over a sheer rock face into a deep pool that can be nice for swimming if there aren't too many other people.

Along the path leading to the falls from the parking area are several souvenir stalls as well as some food stalls that can prepare 'real' Thai food at quite reasonable prices compared to many of the island's restaurants.

Just off the parking lot is a place where you can get an elephant to take you up to the other set of falls, or elsewhere in the interior. Further down the access road from the falls is the self-styled 'Namuang Safari Park' offering elephant rides, monkey shows, and just about anything else to make a buck. Its a bit cheesy but might be good fun if you have children with you.

Elephant Riding

As described by a recent tourist: “Onto ride the elephants through the jungle and stopped under the waterfall, the same one from yesterday. Sitting on the back of an elephant in the jungle was awesome. The views of the falls from this perspective is great. After our ride we feed the elephants bananas. They raised their trunks and opened their pink mouths for us to throw them in. It was hilarious as we kept missing the mouths.”