Up at the crack of dawn and off on another adventure. This time I am headed to Erawan National Park in Kanchanaburi Province. The major attraction of the park is Erawan Falls, a seven-tiered waterfall named after Erawan, the three-headed white elephant of Hindu mythology. Supposedly the seven tiers resemble Erawan, although not entirely obvious to me, I like the idea.
With two fellow explorers in tow, our journey begins. We head to Victory Monument in Bangkok and hop on a minivan that takes us through to Kanchanburi bus station.
After about an hour and a half, on a rather ‘odourfull’, but well-ventilated,un-air conditioned bus, together with a 200 Baht entrance fee; we arrive at Erawan National Park and check into our 800 Baht/night bungalow.
Armed with our cameras and water, we head for level 1. Wasting little time, and determined to get up to the seventh tier, we move on to level 2. WOW! This cascading waterfall put me under its spell, and quite literally, under it. Unfortunately there were a lot of people around all wanting to enjoy, so off we set.
Tier 3! After a few startled yelps, we made friends with some creepy fish. Doctor fish or Nibble fish, as named by foot spa companies, nibble away at dead skin on the body. Although the sensation is a little peculiar, some people pay quite a sum of money for these little suckers to chomp away at their feet, but we got a free treatment; and in cleaner surroundings. What more could a girl want?
After our foot spa we’re off to Tier 4-the little water-park. Formed in the rocks are two natural water slides. We opt to come back early the next morning for some lone time with the slides. This proves to be a wise move, as anticipated, and the three of us have a ball, sliding down the rocks before the ‘buzz’ of tourists arrive – a major advantage of staying over and not just doing the day trip.
Tier 5….Tier 6! Progressively, the path up to Tier 7 becomes a little more trying and closed shoes, with a decent grip, are highly recommended to anyone who plans to visit this haven.
Finally up to Tier 7, which certainly does not disappoint. We spend some time splashing and wallowing in one of the clear blue water pools. Chuffed with our achievement, sad to leave, we head back down the Tiers. Dinner and bed are next on the agenda. Luckily, we still have a morning to enjoy our favourite spots before we have to leave.
So, is Erawan worth the trip? Absolutely, unless of course you are person who: a) hates hiking or b) hates nature. If you are neither of these, then Erawan will blow you away. I highly recommend the trip if you come to Thailand. It didn’t take me long to realise I was completely in love with this little paradise. Not just the waterfall, but the flora and landscape alone are captivating. This is one date I would not hesitate to go on again. I’m whipped!
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