More information  

Erawan National Park

Our rating:

The very popular Erawan National Park sprawls over 550 square kilometres of the Salop mountains in rural Kanchanaburi province. While cave enthusiasts, bird watchers and orchid hunters could keep busy here for weeks, most come specifically for Erawan Waterfall, a wondrous multi-tiered set of falls named after a divine three-headed elephant.

Travel better, travel smarter

Save money, receive our latest updates and get the most out of your travels.


Beginning behind the Visitor Centre, the wide concrete trail to Erawan runs past multiple restrooms, trashcans and a bottle deposit station before emerging at a clear mountain stream. At the first tier, Lai Khuen Rang, you’ll catch a first glimpse of the fish, ubiquitous in Erawan’s countless pools. Minnows like to hang around swimmers and pick at their dead skin; some might find them unnerving while others will enjoy the free fish spa.

Lush setting. Photo taken in or around Erawan National Park, Kanchanaburi, Thailand by David Luekens.

Lush setting. Photo: David Luekens

Streaks of whitewater cascade over a rounded limestone cliff that almost looks like a cave formation at the second tier, Wang Matcha. The wide pool of bright emerald water is fabulous for swimming, at least when it’s not too crowded, with nooks where you can hang out behind the falls. This tier alone is more enthralling than most other waterfalls that we’ve visited in Thailand. And it was just the beginning.

A side trail cuts a few hundred metres to the third tier, Pha Namtok, home to another another phenomenal swimming hole graced by a roughly 20-metre-tall waterfall and surrounded by rocky cliffs and greenery. Here we saw some tourists tossing cigarette butts on the ground, despite the no smoking signs. Not cool, guys.

The trail gets a lot tougher from the third tier up; bring decent footwear and drinking water if you plan to embark on it. A steep stairway is the first test of endurance, though it rewards you with a breezy viewpoint overlooking the Khwae Yai valley. Small children should be keenly supervised here and also at a neighbouring cliff that looks down over the third tier ... Travelfish members only (Around 1,000 more words) ... please log in to read the rest of this story.

Don’t miss the boat!

Please subscribe to to read the rest of this article, or log in here.

Subscribing to Travelfish costs A$35 per year and it gets you access to more than 200 downloadable guides to specific destinations, fabulous discount coupons and 50% off our personalised travel planning service. Sign up here.


How to get there
Erawan National Park is a straightforward 65 kilometre trip north up Route 3199 from Kanchanburi town. It’s a pleasant motorbike ride, but buses run from the main bus station direct to the national park Visitor Centre every hour from 08:00 to 17:50; the 90-minute journey costs 50 baht and the last bus back to Kanchanaburi leaves at 17:00. Expect to spend a good three to five hours exploring the falls, especially if you plan to make it to the seventh tier, which is a challenging 1.5-km hike from the Visitor Centre. Tour operators run trips to the park, which often include elephant treks, rafting and lunch. Admission for foreign adults is 300 baht.

Erawan National Park
65km from Kanchanaburi
Daily 08:00 to 18:00
Admission: 300 baht

Location map for Erawan National Park

Book a flight, train, bus, taxi or ferry in Thailand with 12Go Asia

Popular attractions in Kanchanaburi

A selection of some of our favourite sights and activities around Kanchanaburi.

Best places to stay in Kanchanaburi

A selection of some of our favourite places to stay in Kanchanaburi.

What next?

 Browse our independent reviews of places to stay in and around Kanchanaburi.
 Check prices, availability & reviews on Agoda or Booking
 Read up on where to eat on Kanchanaburi.
 Check out our listings of things to do in and around Kanchanaburi.
 Read up on how to get to Kanchanaburi, or book your transport online with 12Go Asia.
 Do you have travel insurance yet? If not, find out why you need it.
 Planning on riding a scooter in Kanchanaburi? Please read this.
 Buy a SIM card for Thailand—pick it up at the airport when you arrive.
 Browse the web securely while travelling with TunnelBear. Try with a 7–day free trial.

Experience the Andaman Sea
Experience the Andaman Sea
Ad Spend 3 days / 2 nights on The Junk
From US$400.

Read more

See below for more sights and activities in Kanchanaburi that are listed on

Top of page

Where to next?

Where are you planning on heading to after Kanchanaburi? Here are some spots commonly visited from here, or click here to see a full destination list for Thailand.

Top of page