Relatively small it may be, but Chet Sao Noi Waterfall in Thailand’s central province of Saraburi (sometimes also spelt Salaburi) is sure to capture your heart and imagination! Located in the district of Muak Lek and close to the popular Khao Yai National Park, Chet Sao Noi Waterfall is a series of seven small falls that stretch over several hundred metres. Although the largest drop is just around four metres the beautiful scenery, surrounding lush nature, and stunning pools that are perfect for a cooling swim make this one of the country’s prettiest waterfalls.
A Little Bit of Local Folklore: What’s in a Name?
Chet in Thai means the number seven, and Sao Noi means young girls; the name of Chet Sau Noi therefore means Seven Young Girls when translated into English. Some people believe that the name comes from the fact that there are seven tiers to the series of falls. Other people, however, believe that the name has a more sinister origin … It is said that in times gone by, seven female visitors were swimming in one of the enticing emerald pools. Tragically, all seven are reported to have drowned on the same day, and the area was subsequently named in their honour. Whichever version you believe, you are still sure to enjoy visiting these pretty falls today.
Different ways to enjoy the lovely Chet Sao Noi Waterfall
With some of the dazzling pools suitable for swimming, make sure you don’t forget to take your swimming gear and a towel! Even if you don’t plan to get wet, take them anyway – once you arrive the clear waters combined with the hot temperatures and the sight of other people splashing around and having fun - that might just be enough to tempt you into the refreshing waters.
Rubber rings and other inflatable toys add a whole new level of fun to your day!
You should only swim, play, and paddle in pools that are marked suitable for swimming. Some of the pools have strong currents and can be quite hazardous. Whilst these are marked with big signs, an easy way to be sure is to head to spots that have the most people already enjoying the waters!
Take a stroll alongside the river and see parts where the water seems to be completely still; this is rather a strange sight given that there are tumbling falls just a little farther along!
A number of food vendors can be found near the more popular sections, some having set up shop with a few large bamboo platforms and mats.
Many peculiar-looking banyan trees can be found in the area, their large root systems twisted and gnarled on top of the dirt and their wispy tendrils hanging down. Often believed to be magnets for spirits, you may notice that some of the trees have colourful scarves tied around them – this is to appease the tree-dwelling beings.
Things to do in the nearby surroundings
Saraburi is famous for its large sunflower fields, with the bright yellow flowers best enjoyed in the cool season (October to February). Even if you don’t make it to one of the larger growing areas, you can still spot the large vibrant flowers throughout the province and close to Chet Sao Noi.
If you’re eager to see more beautiful waterfalls, you will be pleased to hear that there are several more within easy reach of Chet Sao Noi Waterfall. They include Sap Heo Waterfall and Heo Noi Waterfall.
Wine-lovers will be delighted to discover picturesque vineyards and wineries – pop in for a glass or two of the locally produced wines and sample other products made from grapes. The grape jam is particularly interesting. Some vineyards also allow visitors to lend a hand with grape picking. Kamnam Meng Vineyard is a popular choice with many visitors.
Getting to Chet Sao Noi Waterfall
The main provincial town of Saraburi is well-connected by bus and minivan to Bangkok and other parts of Central Thailand and Isan. You can then take a local bus to Chet Sao Noi Waterfall, returning to Saraburi town in the same way later on in the day. Muak Lek also has a train station with regular services throughout the day. If you have your own vehicle, plenty of car-parking is available and the roads are well sign-posted.
Arrange to visit Chet Sao Noi Waterfall if you are passing through Saraburi on your Thailand travels.
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