I had been warned off China Town. I had been…
The Erawan Falls, 65kms from Kanchanaburi, are arguably the most beautiful in Thailand and it is a popular attraction for locals and tourists alike. I cannot attest to the beauty of the falls with words so here are some of my favourite photos from my day trip.
The waterfall is made up of tiers, or steps. There are 7 in total and it is a two kilometre hike from the bottom to the top. I wouldn’t suggest hiking above the third step if you’re not in good shape. There are some really steep spots that will get your heart pumping. There are steps along the way up to the fourth level but they are irregular in height and size. Past the fourth level is rocky, muddy trail.
I spent a bit of time playing around with my camera and I finally learned how to alter the shutter speed. It took a lot of trial and error and lots of over-exposed photos before I made any progress with the technique.
The best time to visit the falls is during the week. It is a very popular weekend spot for locals and gets very crowded. It is worth getting there early in the morning because the big tour buses from Bangkok arrive by 11 bringing a lot of tourists to fill up your photos. The park is open from 7am to 4pm daily and costs 200baht to enter.
You can swim at most of the levels along the trail but the second, third and fourth steps are the deepest. Don’t be alarmed when you feel something nibbling at you. There are a lot of fish in the pools. They’re relatively harmless just nibbling away your dead skin. It does tickle a lot at first but you get used to it after a few minutes. It’s just like the expensive fish spas, but free!
I only hiked as far as the fifth step since I had to stick to a deadline as part of my day tour. I thought it was the prettiest level anyway so I stayed here for an hour with my feet in the water being nibbled by the fish.
The tour I chose gave me four hours at the falls. I could easily have spent a whole day there. Indeed, if you can afford to hire a private taxi, I would recommend being there from open until close. Especially if you want to make it to the top level and still have time for swimming along the way. A couple of hours is simply not enough.
This is the most beautiful waterfall I have ever seen. Have you seen one better? Let me know in the comments so I can add it to my bucket list.