Known in Thai as Wat Namtok Hin Lad, Hin Lad Waterfall Temple (or Saunthamma Pala Nikrotharam Temple in full) is set in evergreen tropical jungle just before the trail up to the famous Hin Lad Waterfall, a few kilometres south of Nathon Town, Samui.
This forest monastery is usually busy only on the weekends when the locals come to ‘tam boon’ (make merit) and to picnic at the nearby waterfall. The temple is well shaded and calm, making it a perfect place to unwind and relax. It features a lovely garden, walking path, various Buddha images, religious sculptures and a meditation area. So a stroll around the place can be very enjoyable and it’s a great place for practicing your photographic skills.
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Hin Lad Waterfall Temple Highlights
Hin Lad Waterfall Temple is a small, peaceful temple lie on the left of the Hin Lad Waterfall trail. Cross over the bridge and stop for a moment of reflection while you feed the fish (fish food costs very little at the restaurant near the bridge). An interesting Buddha image stands back to the right in a small natural, niche formed in the side of a large boulder and has lush vegetation surrounding it.
Signs, posted at intervals along the temple pathways, contain sayings of wisdom in Thai and few in English such as “Nowadays many people suffer mainly from their own (negative) thoughts.”
Good to Know about Hin Lad Waterfall Temple
The temple has long been a getaway spot for many Thais who need a break from their daily routine. Some come here for self healing and to overcome personal challenges such as bad relationships and work problems through regular meditation workshops assisted by monks, nuns and trainers. Many simply come here to enjoy being close to Nature.
Hin Lad Waterfall Temple is open all year round but the waterfall is best visited during rainy season so you can admire the powerful work of nature and take a dip in the large and small freshwater pools. Bring along bottle of water and a good pair of walking shoes as the hike up to the fall will take about 20-30 minutes.
There are some local restaurants on the same road in case you might want to stop by to get lunch or a snack before venturing out into the jungle.
Hin Lad Waterfall Temple
- Opening Hours: All year round
- Location: Hin Lad Waterfall Temple is at Lipa Yai, less than a 10-minute drive south of Nathon Town