Okay, we know we're covering two birds with one stone here, but bear with us. Chances are that if you're looking for waterfalls on Phuket you've heard of Kathu. It's a popular, albeit not breathtaking, escape for locals and adventurous types who are looking to cool down away from the tourist-crammed beaches of the island's west coast. Don't let the bland scenery towards the bottom discourage you: the challenge here is to climb up to the highest pool of the falls, which involves a steeply inclined stairway and a scramble up a series of often-slippery rocks. It's not for the very old or very young, but the secluded beauty and refreshment that await you are absolutely worth the effort.
And while you're here, we may as well let you in on a little-known secret. Behind Kathu Waterfall in the high Kamala Hills is the recently-discovered highest point on Phuket Island. Surpassing "Radar Hill" (the former champ) by 15 meters, this unnamed "khao" tops out at a height of 545 m or 1,788 ft. Cool, right? Well, there's a catch. Since the hill isn't a tourist attraction and information about it is obscure at best, you may have a hard time finding your way to the top. Still up for the adventure? Then pack your GPS and check our links below to try your hand at one of the most esoteric hikes on Phuket.