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Namtok Sipo: a dose of nature in Narathiwat
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Namtok Sipo: a dose of nature in Narathiwat

 

At a short drive from Narathiwat town, the jungle of Namtok Sipo National Park offers a dose of nature that nourishes the locals' heart and soul. The peak of Maetae stands high among rugged mountain ranges lying in the north-south direction.

Tourists flock to this park for small but beautiful Sipo Falls, which offers refreshing serenity amidst the wilderness of tropical rainforest in the Malay Peninsula. Just take a dip in the natural pond where the falls plunge in and allow the Mother Nature to heal your soul, you will love this gentle side of Narathiwat.

Namtok Sipo National Park houses other two larger water falls. The big falls of I-Serdor, some 14 miles from the park's headquarters, cascades from the height of 600 feet through 7 steps. And the Yakabango Falls which is originated by two streams plunge down the 180 feet high cliff.

Sitting on the bank of Bang Nara River, the modest town of Narathiwat offers rustic charm that has vanished from many other towns in Thailand’s deep south provinces. With mosques scattering around the town and a handful of old Sino-Portuguese style shophouses lining up the riverfront, Narathiwat has remained a tranquil destination and a great retreat.

At a short drive out of town lays Narathat Beach. This white sand beach stretches for 5 kilometers near the estuary of the Bang Nara River where the annual Korlae boat races are held. The beach is decorated with densely growing pines which provide a tranquil and shady area for camping.

 

How to get there: Narathiwat is 708 miles south of Bangkok, via highway AH2 and 4. Sipo Falls is 10 miles from Narathiwat town through highway 4055.