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Kaeng Sopha Waterfall
Kaeng Sopha Waterfall, or some tourists call it as “the Niagara Falls of Thailand,” is a 40-meter high waterfall with three tiers. Atop of the waterfall is wide big rock standing in the way of the stream and below it is a scatter of rocks. During rainy season when the muddy stream of Kaeng Song Waterfall runs very fast, tourists cannot get in the water for swimming. During winter and summer, the water level drops making the three tiers of the fall clearly visible. Tourists can walk down the stair to the viewpoint in front of the waterfall to admire the whole beauty of the place. (In rainy season, there is a fence blocking the tourists from going down the stair to the viewpoint in front of the fall to prevent the danger of slipping or being swept away by strong currents.)
Kaeng Sopha Waterfall is surrounded by shady trees with their roots occupying fissures of large rocks, similar to a scene in “Alice in Wonderland.” Adding up the mysterious atmosphere to the place, a small “Chao Pho – Chao Mae” shrine is located in the stairway to the viewpoint in front of the waterfall. Green moss covers the ground like a wet velvety carpet. Walking among the beautiful nature, try stopping chatting to your companions and listen to the sounds of nature around you. You might hear the sounds of insects and birds singing to the loud noise of the falling water of Kaeng Sopha. Here, the lush forest nurtures numbers of lives with mercy.
Even though the greatness and the beauty of “Kaeng Sopha Waterfall” is a lot less than “Niagara Falls,” it is the most popular spot for relaxation of Phitsanulok Province where many tourists come to visit constantly. If you have a chance to go rafting on Lam Nam Khek or visit the Phu Hin Rong Kla National Park, Kaeng Sopha Waterfall is another spot you want to include in your travel program.
To get to Kaeng Sopha Waterfall by private cars, take Highway No. 12 (Phitsanulok – Lom Sak), heading Lom Sak District of Phetchabun. At the 71st – 72nd kilometer, you will see a sign of Kaeng Sopha Waterfall on your right. Enter the route and park in a parking lot near the fall.
For public buses, take buses for Phitsanulok – Phetchabun, Phitsanulok – Lom Sak or Phitsanulok – Nakhon Thai, drop off at the entrance of Kaeng Sopha Waterfall and walk for 2 kilometers to the fall.
Travel season: Tourists can visit Kaeng Song Waterfall all year round but the perfect travel season is from mid November to early February.