Chasing Waterfalls


That’s right, I did it. I used a line from TLC’s song, Waterfalls as the title of this post. I apologize now for the fact that I know the song will now be stuck in your head for the duration of the day/week/month/year. But we will all be suffering enjoying it together.

The reason that I had to use this title is because the song was playing in my head the whole time we were enjoying the Kathu Waterfalls here on the island of Phuket, Thailand. I believe in sharing the wealth when it comes to catchy songs. I also love to share the information when we find something really fun to do in Phuket. So, here I am giving two wonderful things to you today!

Kathu is a district of Phuket which is in the middle western part of the island. It is about a 20-40 minute drive from any beach and is, in my opinion, more of a locals area. It is often cheaper to stay, eat, and play in Kathu. We have not done much exploration of this area of the island, and we decided we needed to start. Earlier this week we ventured to the Kathu Waterfalls.  It was a hot, muggy afternoon and it had just stopped raining. We were going stir crazy and NEEDED to get out of the house and do something active. The waterfall came right to mind. There are some warnings online about the hike, such as making sure to bring water and don’t even try the hike it if it’s raining. You never know when it will rain in Phuket, but we decided to chance it.

I am so glad that we did! The weather was a bit murky, but the air was cooler than usual when we arrived at the falls. We bought a couple of waters at a shop at the bottom of the hill and started up the stairs.   Yep, it was totally my kind of uphill climb…paved stairs with little alcoves along the way to rest, or just enjoy the view. There was even a restroom along the way. I know, those things make it seem more of a tourist attraction than an actual hike in nature, but eventually the paved stairs ended. And that is where we stopped. I was not really comfortable walking on a tiny little pathway of stones sticking out of the side of a mountain.  I guess I am not that adventurous, but I had a great time seeing the scenery along the way of the paved stairs. It was gorgeous. And a GREAT workout! Chad had Z in the PiggyBack Rider the whole way, so he got an extra strenuous work out. Both of our legs were sore for days after.

This picture does not do the scary side-of-the-cliff hike justice.

When we arrived at the bottom of the hill, we went to a swimming area which is set back a bit from the road. It has little waterfalls with shallow swimming holes in between them. We all jumped in, thankful for natures providing us a way to cool down and rest our weary muscles. The water was cool and mostly clean (in Thailand it is extremely rare not to find a ton of garbage in water sources, this one only had a little bit so it wasn’t too bad). Chad and Z played in the water for some time while I took pictures and then we headed back to our house.

We had a wonderful time at the Kathu Waterfall and will definitely be going back often. You can’t beat a day of free fun and physical activity. Plus my legs are going to be gorgeous if I keep up with those stairs every week or so. Rewards all around!

Now it’s your turn!  Do you enjoy waterfalls? Or better yet, do you enjoy TLC’s song ‘Waterfall’? What kind of hiker are you? Rugged or paved? Leave a comment and join in the fun!

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