Erawan Falls: A must-see in Thailand
For anyone hoping to see Thai nature at its best and most exotic, a trip to the Erawan Waterfalls in Erawan National Park would most definitely be in order. The falls are named after the three-headed white elephant of Hindu mythology which they are said to resemble and cascade down over 1,500m with seven different levels, making them one of the most beautiful falls Thailand has to offer.
Although getting to the top of the falls may be a bit of a hike (it takes roughly an hour to do so), it is well worth it, and if one were to get too tired, there are many opportunities to stop and swim in one of the many beautiful, cool blue pools that the waterfall creates and feeds into.
Additionally, the 550 square-kilometer park surrounding the falls also houses four caves, (Mi, Rua, Wang Bahdan and Phartat) which offer up views of unique and uncanny limestone formations, stalactites and stalagmites to their visitors. However, as the park is also 75% forest, inanimate objects and formations are not the only thing to be seen in the park, The careful observer may also catch glimpses of everything from wild monkeys, elephants and eagles to pythons and king Cobras.
The park itself is located about 130 kilometers west of Thailand's capital, Bangkok, in Kanchanaburi, the largest of Thailand's western provinces. The province is a frequent tourist attraction due to its long history, age-old civilizations, and the famous Bridge over the River Kwae (or as is spelled in the 1957 movie title of the same name, 'Kwai').
For those wishing to stay for a while instead of just passing through, there are bungalows available, and camping is also permitted in designated areas within the park itself.
If traveling non-stop from Bangkok, the falls can be reached in about two to three hours.