Koh Phangan Attractions > Tharnsadet


Tharnsadet means "river of visited by Royals" and it is the place where King Churalongkorn, The Great Rama V came to many times to walk up the wondrous waterfalls and bath in its pools. King Prajadhipok, the Great Rama VII also visited as has the current King Bumipol Aduldej, the Great Rama IX. Tharnsadet has recently been declared a National Park due to its great historical importance and abundant wildlife.

Tharnsadet Beach is small-sized one from Tharnsadet Waterfall through the sea. Beach is white and good enough for swimming.  The waterfall are more like huge stepping stones and can be approached from numerous places either from the magnificent beach of Haad Tarnsadet or on the road into Tharnsadet.  Accessing here is recommended by experienced motorcyclists only or hiring a jeep or a boat.

Khaopaeng Thansade National Park
Khao Paeng

Thansadet is also a national park in southern Thailand, protecting 65.93 km² mostly on the island Pha Ngan. The park was established on December 31 1983 covering an area of 39.12 km², and enlarged to its present size on February 10 1999.
The park is named after the river Than Sadet (lit. Royal River). The river forms the largest waterfall on the island, which was visited by several Thai kings, for example Rama V, who visited 14 times. Not far from the waterfall the river empties into the sea at Than Sadet Bay.
Khao Ra is both the highest elevation of the park as well as of the whole island Pha Ngan, peaking at 727  above sealevel.
In addition to the forest on Pha Ngan itself, the park also includes several small islands north of Pha Ngan, including Wao and Hin Bai archipelago.

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