Erawan National Park (Erawan Falls)
Just over four-fifths of the Erawan National Park is covered in verdant rainforest. Tigers, wild elephants, cobras, and gibbons all live here, along with a wide variety of birds, including hornbills, woodpeckers, and parakeets.The biggest draw here is Erawan Falls. Named after the three-headed white elephant of Hindu mythology, these falls cascade down seven levels and approximately 5,000 feet (1,500 meters) and are widely regarded as among the most beautiful falls in Thailand.
Visit the park to do some hiking and bird watching, book a guided tour, or come on a day trip from Bangkok. Tours often include a visit on the WWII "Death Railway," which passes through the park.
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Things to Know Before You Go
Make sure to wear good hiking shoes and bring plenty of sunscreen and water.
Visitors can rent bicycles at the park.
Food is strictly forbidden in some areas of the park, and visitors must pay a refundable fee for any bottles they bring with them to ensure that no litter is left behind.
How to Get There
Erawan National Park is about a 3-hour drive from Bangkok or just over 1 hour from Kanchanaburi. Trains and buses run to Kanchanaburi from Bangkok daily, and buses from Kanchanaburi stop by the park entrance every 90 minutes. Make sure to check the time of the bus’ last departure so that you don’t end up stranded at the park.
When to Get There
The park is open daily from morning until late afternoon and is at its busiest on weekends and during public holidays. The water levels in the waterfall are at their highest towards the end of the rainy season, which runs from about May through October. November–January offers the most pleasantly cool weather.
While in Kanchanaburi
There's plenty to do and see in and near Kanchanaburi: Popular attractions include the Kanchanaburi Night Market, and the town’s War Cemetery, where many World War II servicemen are buried. If you're interested in war history, visit the Thailand-Burma Railway Centre, which covers the history of the infamous Thai-Burma Railway, also known as the Death Railway, which was built by prisoners of war and conscripted laborers during WWII.