Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Waterfalls at Erawan national Park Thailand




Recently I had the chance to hike and take photos of the beautiful waterfalls at Erawan National park. It is always been a dream to include photographs of waterfalls in my portfolio. It remained a plan for months, until last weekend.





Background





The Erawan National park is a 550 square kilometers park in Thailand, best known for its seven-tiered waterfall. Erawan got its name from its seventh fall which looked like a three-headed elephant from the Hindu mythology named Erawan. Erawan is located at Kanchanaburi, a province in the western part of Thailand.





The park is so huge (550 square kilometers), but the main attraction are the seven-tiered waterfalls with its emerald green water and scenic trails. The entire trail is just 2 kilometers long, not much of a hike if you ask me. Although it is short, some parts are steep and slippery that made the hike last for about 2 hours in ascend.





The photographs





The Erawan Waterfall was really impressive. All the waterfalls typically fell over limestone cliffs resulting in colorful pools. Moreover, we also saw some small unnamed waterfalls that are also beautiful but didn't appear to be counted with a name.









This is the very first waterfalls to greet trail hiker, around a 20 meters walk from the visitor's area. This is where a lot of picnic goers are chilling.











After a few minutes of walk you'll see the first waterfall named Ly Kung Lung. A few people can be seen swimming and hanging out in here, also vast number of fishes can be seen.












Further up (around 170 meters from the visitor's area) is the second falls named Wung Macha. This is where a lot of visitors are enjoying a good swim. The most crowded of all the falls, I think. Food and drinks are not allowed beyond this point, a good way to avoid the upper trails of litter.













The third waterfall is named Pha Num tok, which is around 220 meters from the visitor's area. Skin nibbling fishes can be found at the pool. A good way to get a free fish spa, but not a good idea to swim if you are ticklish like me.














One of the many small unnamed falls on the way to the fourth waterfall. Thought it deserved to be captured.












The fourth fall named Oke Nank Phee Seah and is around 520 meters from the visitor's area. This is where some of the people enjoy a good water-slide on the big rocks.












Another small waterfall that I thought deserving of attention. One can see this as you pass along a small wooden bridge going to the fifth fall.











The 5th waterfall (called Bua Mai Long and 1.12km from the visitor center) was just another set of small cascades set amongst limestone with lots of travertine pools in the area. A good place to chill and the most scenic one in my opinion. Spent my time a little longer here as we enjoy the scenery. Not much of a crowd here and onward as the trail got rougher.











The way to the sixth fall became a little more challenging, with steep, narrow and slippery path. Also, a number of small waterfalls can be found, which made it hard for us to identify the sixth fall. This waterfall was called Dong Prouck Sa, and it was 1.42km from the visitor center.



After a more challenging trek, we arrived at the seventh and the final waterfall.










When we finally made it up to the end of the trail, we were presented with a view of the tallest waterfall, which was called Phu Pha Erawan. It didn't seem like there were many people willing to go through the effort to go all the way here, but the relative peace and the beautiful waterfalls along the way really made the exertion worth it. This is about 2 kilometers from the visitor's area.




All photos are taken by using either my Fuji X100 and my Nikon D3100.




Behind the scene photos


We took snapshots of each other as we go along, here are some of it.







































How to get there



I know a lot of you are wondering how to get there. It is actually quite easy.

Just take a bus from Bangkok southern bus terminal (Sai Tai Mai) to Kanchanaburi town. Fare is around 110 baht each and it is around 2.5 hours bus ride. Then, take another 1.5 hour bus trip from there  to Erawan National Park for 50 baht.

Entrance fee to the park is 200 baht for tourist and 20 baht for Thai people.


You can take this as a one day trip, but you should leave early from Bangkok. Otherwise, make sure you booked a room near or inside the park. 


Book and reserve rooms at ERawan National Park here.

Schedule of buses to Kanchanburi here.


For those of you planning to visit Erawan , I am encouraging you to go for it, it is worth your time.


For any questions, please don't hesitate to send me a message.

Cheers!




Alex