Erawan National Park
All natural, 100% organic.
It’s really fun to think that only about 200 Km from the busy Bangkok metropolis is the Erawan National Park with a stunning piece of nature, and the magnificent Erawan Waterfall cascading down in 7 different levels creating the most spectacular natural scenery.
At each level there are emerald pools of clear mountain water.
Large rocks are shaped by many years of the waterfall freely flowing, polishing the rough edges of the stones and moulding them into large patios suitable to set off for a dive, or just lie down and let the cool stream chill you down in the heat.
The Trail along the waterfall
A trail leads in between the levels with a waking path meandering around tree trunks, -on tree trunks at times, climbing on rock steps and along some lush greenery and breathtaking viewpoints.
As it’s mostly uphill many visitors either stop along the way and take in the beauty or just dive in to the natural fresh mountain water pools at the lower levels. Already at level 2 there is a ‘postcard perfect’ pool ready to plunge in.
The trails goes approx. like this:
As level 2 is the first level and also has a huge pool we start from here, – to reach Level 3 is easy going at 150 meters, – then still easy strolling ahead to level 4 at 520 meters, – now it turn upwards to level 5 at 1120 meters, – more up (and along a more treacherous path) to level 6 at 1420 meters, – deep breath a little more and bingo! at 1550 meters where the Level 7 pool is ready for a dive.
It is worth the effort
It is recommended to put in the effort and walk the full path of about 1500 meters all the way up to level 7. Not only for the large blue emerald pool but as much for the scenery unfolding along every step of the way to be completed with a rewarding dip once you reach the top. Sweaty guaranteed.
For the explorer there is also a 1060 meters “Erawan Nature Interpretive Trail’ which takes you on a more quiet route exploring the plants and natural flora. Few visitors take on this trial making it perfect to escape the crowd, take a deep breath and in our own phase enjoy the surroundings.
Leave nature to: Nature
As the park officials so well put it: Take only ‘mamories’, leave nothing but footprints, we advise any visitor not to bring packed food, snacks, cans or drinks into the park.
There are small shops working as drinks stations along the way, though mostly on the lower levels.
Just outside the park entrance are lot’s of local restaurants with more of the simple western food and savory Thai dishes, fruits, coffee/tea and snacks.
TIP: Wear your swim wear under some light comfortable cotton clothing so when you come the pools it’s easy to jump in. No changing facilities. Bring a small towel.
Footwear, sneakers are preferable though good quality tight sandals with a heel strap can also do.
No flip flop’s or loose footwear works here.
Traveling time from Bangkok: Approx 2.5 hours by minivan.
The best way to visit the park and waterfall is on a day tour from Bangkok or on combined overnight tour with the floating hotel in Kanchanaburi.
The park and waterfall are great for families, though children are to be supervised and helped along the trail by parents.
Be very cautious as many steps are slippery and steep.
100% organic, also means that the park environment like pools, small as larger, rocks, tree trunks and more do not follow any safety regulations or man-made suitable adjustments.- so, WATCH your step.
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