Erawan Waterfall is a perfect place for swimmers, photographers, and families. With a short drive from Bangkok (3 and a half hours), it can be a day trip and is worth a side trip when you come visit Southeast Asia. To take the most from the waterfall, visitors should come in the rainy season which is August to October. Serious photographer should come in the early morning to avoid the crowd.

The hike to Erawan waterfall is one of my favorite hikes in Thailand. It is a part of Erawan National Park, Kanchanaburi Province where you can take a bus or a rental car from Bangkok.

You can drive the car to the park directly. The park permit is about 200 Baht per person for a foreigner (as of 2016). 

The number of waterfalls in Erawan waterfall has been summed up at 7 tiers where you can hike all the way up and down.

The trail starts off from the visitor center at the elevation of 3,215 feet. It's easily observed, very flat, and well-paved. After 0.01 miles off from the visitor center, there will be a picnic area and snack shop being designated as the first tier.

The second tier is the most busiest of all tiers for 3 reasons: easiness, food, and always-having water. However, above the second tier, food, snack, and beverage are strictly prohibited but a personal bottle of water is allowed.

Further up the hike until you reach the fifth tier, trail becomes somewhat strenuous and adventurous as you may be required to scramble. I recommend a good pair of hiking shoes if you desire to go further than this tier.

However, if the condition allows, you should go all the way up to the seventh tier where the name of the park come from (the cliff of Erawan) but you have to imagine that the cliff looks somewhat like a three head elephant.

The seventh tier is 1 mile away from the visitor center and at the elevation of 4987 feet. Total time is around 1 and a half hours one way depending on how long you stop on each tier.

Fact: along the way you will see a few trees is wrapped around by colorful silk garments. Those trees have a religious significance. They are not the trail markers.

Pack List

  • Insect repellent
  • Hiking shoes (necessary after the 5th tier)
  • Water shoes
  • Swimming suit
  • Tripod
  • Camera
  • Go Pro
  • Extra clothes and towel
  • Sunblock
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RT Distance 2 Miles
Elevation Gain 1772 Feet
Activities Photography, Hiking
Skill Level Intermediate
Season Year Round
Trail Type Out-and-Back
Features
Bathrooms
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Food Nearby
Forest
Picnic Area
Waterfall

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Must do Waterfall Hike

If you are in the Bangkok area this is a must do trip! Such a fun day exploring the 7 different layers, and making it to the top layer is very rewarding.


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