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King Rama V
King Chulalongkorn Rama V and his royal entourages
at Than Sadet Waterfall in 1889.
The 3 King's (Rama V, Rama VII and the present king) Initials at Thansadet.

About halfway up the road from Ban Tai Village to Thong Nai Pan Beach, there's a turn-of heading east toward Sadet Beach at Thong Nang Village. This trail follows a river along which you'll see a series of waterfalls collectively known as Than Sadet Waterfall.

Than Sadet, or "Royal Stream" is a historical site due to frequent visits by many Kings of Thailand in Chakri Dynasty, including the present King Bhumipol, Rama IX.

King Chulalongkorn was the first monarch who visit the deep south.His journeys were made possible by the purchase of a steamship, which brought the remote islands in the Gulf of Thailand within easy reach. Wonderful black and white pictures show King Chulalongkorn and the royal entourage of about 30 exploring the Than Sadet stream, one photo catching the king at rest under a torrent of tumbling white water near the mouth of Than Sadet.

King Chulalongkorn was so enamored of the pretty valley's teeming vegetation and cool green rock pools that he visited it 10 times between 1888 and 1909. King Rama VII visited in 1926 and 1930, and His Majesty the present King in 1962. All three left large inscriptions on giant stones near the river bed.

Nowadays, a hundred years passed by, Than Sadet still have her charm to explore. Many bungalows lie along the whited-sand beach at the mouth of the stream, greeting anybody who enjoy living with nature.

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