To commemorate World Water Day, we appreciate the beauty and energising quality of the Earth’s most valuable resource through our waterfalls.
IT has not rained for a long stretch, and some of our dams are at low levels. We are facing water cuts, and the supply of water just cannot be taken for granted.
How have we come to this state of affairs? Why do we pollute our waterways?
Why do we deplete this most valuable resource?
Somewhere, somehow, we are not protecting this resource.
Since 1994, World Water Day has been celebrated every March 22.
It focuses our attention on the importance of freshwater and advocates for the sustainable management of fresh water resources.
Every year a theme is emphasised; this year, it is Water and Energy.
As the official World Water Day 2014 website states: “Water and energy are closely interlinked and interdependent. Energy generation and transmission requires utilisation of water resources, particularly for hydroelectric, nuclear and thermal energy sources.
“Conversely, about 8% of the global energy generation is used for pumping, treating and transporting water to various consumers.”
But as this is a travel page, we have decided to show you some beautiful waterfalls throughout the region.
Water in nature in one of its most wondrous forms.
There is something about the raw beauty and thunderous roar of nature’s finest waterfalls that inspires wonder in even the hardest of hearts.
Here are the Top 10 waterfalls in South-East Asia as compiled by TripAdvisor.
Making the list is a spectacular waterfall in Malaysia – Telaga Tujuh in Langkawi, Kedah.
1. Kuang Si Falls, Luang Prabang, Laos
The top waterfall is Kuang Si Falls in Laos. Every stunning picture of Kuang Si Falls you’ve laid your eyes on will pale in comparison to the real thing – the turquoise waters falling over the edge of the cliff, then forming pools of quiet waters, exude an air of mystery that will linger on long after.
2. Erawan Falls, Erawan National Park, Thailand
Erawan Falls is a unique series of waterfalls, each with its own distinct shape and character. The scenic falls, coupled with colourful plunge pools reflecting the sunlight, make for an untouched paradise on earth.
3. Bomod-Ok Falls, Sagada, the Philippines
The word Bomod-Ok simply means “big” and, true to its name, it is a massive wonder to behold. From a towering height, the spraying waters crash steeply downwards against deep boulders and mossy rock formations.
4. Tad Thong Waterfall, Luang Prabang, Laos
The combination of Laos’ heavy annual rainfall, mountainous landscape, and extensive river system has resulted in some of the most impressive waterfalls in the world. Adventurous souls can hike through the jungle to Tad Thong Waterfall where a refreshing dip awaits.
5. Klong Plu Waterfall, Ko Chang, Thailand
Due to its close proximity to the heavily inhabited beaches of Klong Prao and Kai Bae, Klong Plu Waterfall is one of the best known and most popular waterfalls in Ko Chang.
It is a large waterfall made up of three levels and has been an important source of fresh water for Ko Chang residents for a long time.
6. Elephant Falls, Dalat, Vietnam
Contrary to its name, the grand creatures are nowhere to be found around Elephant Falls which the British re-named after a stone near the falls resembling a large elephant.
This dramatic waterfall is characterised by pristine waters rushing past dark jutting rocks.
7. Tad Sae Waterfall, Luang Prabang, Laos
This charming multi-tiered waterfall cascades down beautiful limestone formations across different levels into large pools below, which are fantastic to swim in. Tad Sae Waterfall offers a wide range of fun activities, including picnicking, swimming, hiking, kayaking, and the rare opportunity to ride an elephant across the waters.
8. Telaga Tujuh Waterfalls, Langkawi, Malaysia
Telaga Tujuh Waterfalls is an unusual series of seven connected natural pools fed by seven separate waterfalls in Mount Mat Cincang, surrounded by pleasant lime plants and exotic hornbills. “The sheer magnificence of the water cascading down and cooling off in the waters below was a treat,” said a TripAdvisor traveller of her experience.
9. Cambugahay Falls, Siquijor Island, the Philippines
Located in the quaint town of Lazi, the secluded and relatively unexplored Cambugahay Falls is a wonderful spot for marvelling at the magic nature invokes.
This sprawling masterpiece features multi-tiered cascading waterfalls moving gracefully 3km downstream, forming sparkling lagoons and little rapids along the way before it flows into Lazi Bay.
10. Kawasan Falls, Moalboal,
Hidden in the mountains of Barangay Matutinao just 130km south-west of the city of Cebu, Kawasan Falls is a medley of many waterfalls spouting gentle rushes of ice cold natural spring water – perfect for a family day out.