Erawan National Park

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What we say: 4 stars

The triple cascade at the top of the famous seven-tiered waterfall is said to resemble the elephant's head, and every weekend hundreds of visitors arrive to walk the trail up the waterfall and swim in the natural pools.

The park covers an area of more than 500 square kilometres and although most of it comprises rainforest, the only official trail is that running up past the waterfall. The beautifully clear emerald waters run for two kilometres down into the Kwai Yai River and make for a wonderful place to relax, swim and have a picnic. The first five levels are the easiest to tackle and subsequently the most crowded. Not many venture up to the sixth or seventh levels, mainly because the trail is dangerous, slippery and badly maintained. However, it's worth the effort as the upper pools are a brilliant place to cool down after a hard climb and the views over the jungle are breathtaking. Note that you should wear some robust footwear if you intend to reach the top and allow at least three hours for your visit to the waterfall, especially if you want to get to the very top.

The lack of access to most of the park has helped sustain some of the less common animal species to be found in this part of the world. You may be fortunate enough to catch a glimpse of wild elephants, gibbons, flying squirrels and eagles or less fortunate to come across cobras and pythons. There are also plenty of fish and crabs in the many streams. If you come here with your own transport, you might also want to check out Phra That cave, 10 kilometres further north of the waterfall up a dirt road. The high cavern has some amazing stalactites and stalagmites and a healthy bat population.

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65km from Kanchanaburi
Opening Hours: Daily 08:00 to 18:00
How to get there: Erawan National Park is an easy 65 kilometre trip up well-maintained Route 3199. It's a pleasant motorbike ride, but buses run from the main bus station every hour and the 90-minute journey costs 50 baht. Remember that the last bus back to town leaves at 16:00. Tour operators also run trips to the park, which often include elephant treks, rafting and lunch.
Last updated: 13th May, 2013


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