About Chet Sao Noi Waterfall National Park
Chet Sao Noi Waterfall National Park is one of the most popular parks in the country, one of the most visited by local tourists. It is not known much by the foreign tourists and overlooked as most foreign tourists prefer to get to nearby Khao Yai National Park.
The park is located between Saraburi and Nakhon Ratchasima provinces. Muak Lek River which flows through the falls is the natural border between both provinces at the area of the falls. Crossing one of the bridges from east side, or swimmin to the other side and you will be on Nakhon Ratchasima Province.
The park is around 160 km from Bangkok, around 50 km from Saraburi and 40 km from Pak Chong.
The only public transportation option all the way to Chet Sao Noi Falls is slow orange busses that operates daily from Saraburi. The orange busses departs from Saraburi 7 am until 6 pm every hour, same buses departs from Chet Sao Noi from 5 am until 4 pm. During the early hours of the day the buses may depart every 30 minutes depending on how busy it is. The route takes around 1h 45mins one way. To see the location of the bus station in Saraburi, open the map and zoon in to Saraburi city marked with a bus icon.
The visitor center area has a very spacious car park, several restaurants, various food stalls, shops, cafes, most of them open daily from 8 am until 5 pm.
There is a camping area at the far end of the visitor center area, tents available for rent with sleeping accessories included, 350 Baht for smaller 2 people tents or 1,000 Baht for up to 7-8 people tents.
The entrance fees for the foreigners are 100 Baht for adults and 50 Baht for children, 30 Baht for cars.
Chet Sao Noi National Park is closed for tourists from 1st August until 30th September every year.
You are recommended to ask a Thai speaking person to call on your behalf.
036 346 58 (Visitor Center)
The attractions of Chet Sao Noi Waterfall
Chet Sao Noi Waterfall
Chet Sao Noi Waterfall is a 7 tiered waterfall on Muak Lek River, in a very short walking distance from visitor center area of the park. Chet Sao Noi means seven little girls, referring to number of tiers the waterfall has, though there is also a story about 7 sisters that drowned in one of the ponds.
The falls at each tier are no more than few meters high, at most 4 meters, but quite wide and streaming down over the smooth rocky edges of many curvy emerald ponds, creating a magical view. All tiers are accessible by a nearly 2 km long circular trail following the river bank on both sides of the river.
There are number of spots relatively shallow and not much of stream where visitors are allowed to swim. Saying this, some spots with strong underwater currents are strictly off limits for swimming after few drowning incidents happened in the past. Visitors are advised to check the signs for appropreate spots for swimming. During the most rainy periods of the rainy seasons the water stream gets so strong that swimming will be prohibited, the water also gets a bit muddy.
The river banks are full of banyan trees with impressive tangling roots along the trails and down to the water.