Among the waterfalls of Bangladesh, the most remote waterfall is Nafakhum. The natural beauty of Nafakhum Waterfall is one of the most amazing surprises of Bangladesh. This amazingly beautiful Nafakhum fall is located in the Remakri union of Thanchi Upazila of Bandarban district. Remakri is a Marma tribe inhabited area in Thanchi Upazila of Bandarban district. Thanchi is located 79 km away from Bandarban.
Thanchi market located on the banks of the Sangu River. On this Sangu river, you have to move upwards gradually by boat towards Remakri. Because the river has gradually sloped towards Thanchi from Remakri and there are many streams here. Nature can be so beautiful and clearer here, it cannot be imagined. After some distance of the river, it sloping down 1/2 feet, somewhere to 4/5 feet down. There are high hills on either side of the river. Every mountain covered in greenery is lying on the lap of the clouds. Some mountains are so tall that their crowns are covered by the clouds. Sometimes, several tribal houses are seen in the hills. You will be amused by watching the houses of tin and bamboo fencing in the mountain slopes.
The word ‘Khum’ in Marma language means waterfall. And a kind of fish is found in the Remakri river, whose name is Nafa Fish. The characteristic of this fish is that this fish always moves in the opposite direction of the currents of the water. On the contrary, once the fish started to jump over the falls, then the tribals caught jumping fish with a net. From this, the waterfall has been named as Nafakhum.
It is a three-hour walking distance from Remakri to go to Nafakhum waterfall. The flow of the Remakri River came at this Nafakhum and suddenly came down to about 25-30 feet. Here this beautiful waterfall is created naturally. The water flow of Remakri canal is not so low in the rainy season. It is almost like the Sangu River.
Maybe Nafkhum is the largest waterfall in Bangladesh, considering the amount of water flow. Due to the shock of water from above, the dense fog is created all around the shores. This is an exciting feeling. It would not be wrong to say Nafakhum is the Niagara of Bangladesh.
It is very difficult to return to Thanchi from Nafkhum waterfall on the day-to-day. So if you want to spend the night in Remakri you can look around beautiful places nearby. And those who want to go back on the day-to-day; they will have to start their journey from Thanchi at 6 to 7 am in the morning. It takes 2 hours to reach Nafkhum fountain from Remakri Bazar if you walk quickly and it takes 3 hours if you walk slowly
When will you go?
During the rainy season, the size of the Nafakhum Waterfall becomes larger. And in winter it gets smaller. However, the real beauty of Nafakhum is seen in September-October.
How to go there?
At first, you have to go to Bandarban town. Many transport companies operate their buses to Bandarban every day from various places in Dhaka. You can go to Bandarban riding on one of the buses such as Shyamoli, Hanif, Unique, S Alam, Dolphin. They leave for Bandarban from Kalabagan, Sayedabad or Fakirapul bus stand at 10 pm to around 11:30 pm. It will cost 550 Taka per person for non AC bus and 950 Taka for AC bus.
From Chittagong, you can go to Bandarban. Buses of Pudali and Purbani Transport leave from Baddharhat to Bandarban. These buses are priced at Tk 220 per person. You have to go Thanchi from Bandarban by public bus or jeep or Chander Gari. But having jeeps or Chander Gari is better than the public buses; there are more opportunities to enjoy the beautiful scenery of the road. Thanchi Bazar located on the bank of the Sangu River. After reaching Thanchi, you have to go Remakri Bazar from there.
The only way to reach the Nafakhum waterfall from Remakri Bazar is the boat on the Sangu River. There are the up-down engine boats available here. To rent these boats, tourists have to talk to the Boatman Association located in Thanchi Ghat. There is no transportation system from Remakri to Naphakum Waterfall. The rest of the way tourists have to walk on foot.
Guidance is mandatory from Thanchi. There is a list of guides in Thanchi BGB Camp. From there you have to take a guide. You need to take permission to go to Nafakum by submitting all tourist’s names, their addresses, father’s name, phone number, the name of boatman etc. on a paper.
Note: Before starting the journey, the traveler should write down his/her name, address, father’s name, mobile number etc. in a paper and take with 10/12 photocopies of it. The paper has to be submitted to different places.
Where will you stay?
In Thanchi there is a state-owned rest house for tourists to stay. Apart from this, there are some guest houses in Thanchi Bazar, which can be used for the night stay at Tk 150-200 Taka. Apart from these, there will be accommodation for the tourists in the houses of indigenous people at Remakri Bazar, which can accommodate for 120-150 Taka per night. Tourists who want to camp can camp anywhere around the market, but there is no such good place for camping.
There are tribal houses for tourists to stay in Hindu. for a fixed fare, the tribals rent these houses to the tourists. There is also a rest house in Remakri Bazar.
Transportation costs: From Dhaka to Bandarban non-AC bus will cost Tk 500-550; For AC bus it will cost Tk 900-1000. From Bandarban to Thanchi Public Bus will cost Tk 200; Jeep / Chander Gari will cost Tk 4,000 / 5,000. From Thanchi to Remakri boat fare is Tk 4,500; As long as the tourists are in Remakri, they have to pay additional Tk 1,500 for the boat per night.
Guide Costs: Guide will cost 500 Taka from Thanchi to Remake. And the cost will be 650 Taka from Remakri to Nafakhum for a guide.
Staying and eating costs: Every meal can be eaten at around Tk 100/120. The cost of staying in around 100-200 Taka per person in Thanchi and Remakri. Besides, local people have built some houses to stay in the Thanchi Ghat. Interestingly, there is no need to pay extra money to stay in these houses. If you buy all of your daily meal from the owner of the house, staying in his house is totally free.