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Erawan National Park (Erawan Falls)
Erawan National Park (Erawan Falls)

Erawan National Park (Erawan Falls)

Mu 4, Tha Kradan Sub-district, Amphur Si Sawat, Kanchanaburi, Thailand

The Basics

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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Private Tour to Erawan Waterfalls and Local Elephant Camp
Private Tour to Erawan Waterfalls and Local Elephant Camp
star-4.5
$155.67 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Excellent experience
Was fantastic.Sam was a local and we got to taste real Thai food which was a bonus. Elephant experience awesome as was the clear fish nibbling water at the Erwan Falls
Janice_F, Jul 2019

Recent reviews from experiences in Kanchanaburi

star-5
One of the most beautiful waterfalls of the world!
Phuong_T, Apr 2019
Private Erawan Waterfall, River Kwai, Death Railway Tour from Bangkok
Thanks khun Aey for giving us a wonderful trip to Kanchanaburi. She is a best tour guide I have ever met.
star-5
Absolutely amazing!
hannahstoner1505, Nov 2019
Private Erawan Waterfall, River Kwai, Death Railway Tour from Bangkok
Siri was an amazing tour guide. She instantly made me feel relaxed and comfortable and her English was fantastic! This was a very special experience and It was like having my own private photographer so I have some very special memories. The waterfalls are just breathtaking! Well worth climbing to the 7th floor, although not for the faint hearted as it’s hard work especially in the heat. We were lucky that their had been some rain full and the waterfalls were flowing. Bamboo Rafting was also so much fun and very relaxing. Death Railway was very quite but interesting to see. Bridge over river Kwai was touristy and busy but amazing sight to see. All in all a fantastic day and well recommended!
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Elephant feeding and Erawan falls
goldaker, Sep 2018
Private Tour to Erawan Waterfalls and Local Elephant Camp
Excellent day well worth doing. Sam the guide was knowledgeable, but also not pushy. The great thing about a private tour is the ability for its itinerary to be changed. Part of the tour was to include the bridge on the river Kwai. As we have been to the bridge on a previous excursion, we dropped that and spent more time on the other features.The elephant feeding was a real experience, just to get that close to three full grown elephants was amazing.The falls were better than the pictures, but this is the wet season, so there was plenty of water flowing. The first five levels of the falls are reasonably accessible, after that we gave up. The upper levels require some real jungle trekking to reach! Lunch was in a shed just above the falls entrance, don't let the looks put you off. The Egg fried rice, with chicken and cashew nut stir fry was as good as any I have ever had.It is a long day with a lot of time in the vehicle, But when you look at that as an hourly rate, it makes the cost seem very reasonable.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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