Beautiful Waterfalls of Kanchanaburi in Thailand
Being dominated by the beautiful River Kwai Valleys in the northwest area, Kanchanaburi is a place of tremendous natural splendour with a large number of waterfalls, caves, lakes and mountainous views.
The Erawan Waterfalls in the Erawan National Park, the Sai Yok Noi Falls, the Sai Yok Yai Falls and the Huay Mae Khamin falls are a must visit among the many others present in Kanchanaburi.
The entire length of the seven tiers span approximately 1,500 m through the thick rainforest of the park. Each of the steps has its own name. The access to the first waterfall – named Hlai Keun Lung, is relatively easy, as you can get there on a flat trail, directly from the visitor centre’s car park.
The highlight of this first waterfall is the great number of fish swimming in the ponds formed by the smooth limestone sculpted by the water. The fish are rather curious and will swim around your legs. It can be disconcerting at first but you soon get used to it. The trail gets steeper as it carries on to the next tier, Wung Macha, which is usually busier with swimmers. It’s very scenic as there’s a small cave under the falls. Another hike of about 50 m takes you to the third tier, called Pha Nam Tok.
This tier is taller than the two first falls (about 20-metre high), and offers a large pond, again filled with fish, at which you can refresh yourself. Oke Nank Phee Seah and Bua Mai Long are the fourth and fifth steps of Erawan Waterfall. They feature small cascades and ponds surrounded by rock formations and dense vegetation.
How to reach: by bus, train or car from Bangkok or direct bus from Pattaya
Location: located at the confluence of the rivers Kwai Noi and Kwai Yai
Nearby Attractions: Bridge over the River Kwai Yai, Hellfire Pass, other WWII memorials, museums, art galleries and temples
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