I can not even begin to describe to you how beautiful Erawan Park is. The falls themselves aren’t big at all but the water is so crystal clear and blue and the forest is just so lush and green. My gosh! At times I would actually stop to question myself on whether or not I was alive or dead because that’s what I pictured paradise to look like.
I made my way through the falls at a Kadi-like pace (aka sssllloooww) and managed to see all of the different tiers- seven total. Along the way, I found some smaller falls and decided to swim in them and have my own mini photo shoot. It was sublime. After an hour or so I continued to climb up the trail and found an even better-abandoned waterfall. I literally occupied it for an hour or so, and only budged a little bit when people came by to take photos of themselves. I claimed it. It was mine. MINE!
The park was filled with a lot of fellow tourists and locals but there were many little grottos and side waterfalls to swim in and to claim as your own. All of the falls are filled with little fish that eat the dead skin off your body. If you’re scared to go into the water because of this, just keep in mind that if you continue to move around while swimming the fish will leave you alone. If you stand still, then they will come to snack on your flesh. Muahahahah. What I meant was…they will provide a spa service many people pay to receive.
Tier two, Tier 4 and Tier 7 were the best ones. Either tier 4 had the nature-made waterslide. That’s where a lot of the locals reside. If you ever make your way into Thailand try to visit Erawan Falls.
To make your way to Erawan falls, you have a few options depending on where your starting point is.
Bangkok to Kanchanaburi: There are direct buses from Bangkok to Kanchanaburi and the drive there can range between 2 to 3 hours. In Bangkok, there are two bus stations that will take you to Kanchanaburi-the Mo Chit bus station (NOT the Mo Chit BTS) and Bangkok’s Southern Bus Terminal (Sai Tai Taling Chan). Once you arrive in Kanchanaburi you will see a minivan that’ll take you directly into Erawan Natural Park!
Ayutthaya to Kanchanaburi: This was the trip I took. There aren’t any direct buses to Kanchanaburi, so you’ll have to take a bus to Suphan Buri (80 THB) and a bus from Suphan Buri to Kanchanaburi (50 THB). The first bus ride takes an hour and a half and the second bus ride takes 3 hours. I caught the bus from Ayutthaya around 3 o’clock and managed to catch the last bus leaving from Suphan Buri at 5 o’clock. When I arrived at Kanchanaburi I stayed in a grimy hostel that was right across the street from the bus station so that I could catch the first bus to Erawan.
The bus ride to the falls is 50 THB Entrance to the falls is 300 THB for foreigners and there are food stands in the park and alongside Tier one and Tier two of the hike. No food is allowed past Tier two.
I believe the park is open from 9am to 5pm. The last bus from the park back to Kanchanaburi leaves at 5pm. If you miss the bus you can always camp out at the park. Tents are available for rent.