Thailand’s rainbow waterfall Kanchanaburi Province, West Thailand
Located near the border of Myanmar, Erawan National Park plays host to
a range of natural attractions. There’s a handful of caves, including Ta Duang Cave, which features examples of ancient rock art, and wildlife including elephants and deer. But most people who visit this part of western Thailand come for Erawan Waterfall, with its seven tiers and incredible emerald-hued pools. (Erawan, if you were wondering, is the three-headed white elephant of Hindu mythology the falls are said to resemble.)
Set deep in the forest, the seven different levels are accessed by an ever-steeper path. The rewards are excellent though, with several of the pools home to schools of fish. The best time to visit is early in the morning – it’s a popular spot for tour groups and the pools become more muddy than miraculous when lots of people get in to swim – and during or just after rainy season (May to October).
- Erawan Waterfall with its seven tiers and emerald-hued pools
- Exploring caves, including Ta Duang Cave, which feature examples of ancient rock art as well as wildlife including elephants and deer
- A mix of deciduous and dry evergreen forests, limestone hills, plains and streams
- Fantastic trekking in the surrounding areas
- Does it live up to its hype? Only one way to find out
- Don’t try and squeeze it in with a day trip from Bangkok but take your time by allocating a couple of days
Adults $US10 / $US7 children.
There is a big camping ground just a few hundred meters from the visitor centre