Erawan National Park (Kanchanaburi-Thailand)
Erawan was Thailand’s first national park when it opened in 1975. On 550 square kilometers, You will find only wild yet beautiful nature. Dense forest covers about 80% of the park, while mountain range on east protects the area from monsoons. Mountains, valleys, streams and forests are home to many animals, but also to some dangerous species such as king cobras and pythons. The main attraction is the Erawan Waterfall, that was named after a three-headed elephant from Hindu mythology, and the waterfall has 7 tiers with bright green water. Another attraction worth seeing is the Pra That Cave that has beautiful examples of both stalactites and stalagmites.
Category: Activities, Animals and nature, Kanchanaburi što posjetiti, Must visit, Things to do in Thailand,
The National Park has seven levels. The first one is the most crowded, but the higher You go, the less the crowded it is because of the steep climb. If You decide to go for a swim, don’t be afraid of the fish, although there is also a free spa.
The distance from the first to the seventh level is around 1,5km, around 35 minutes of walking. To see the main attraction, the Erawan waterfall, You will have to climb all the way to level seven. The Rabbit advises You not to hurry and to bring some food for a picnic (just remember that You are not allowed to take food above the second level) and Your bathing suits. You will have the whole day to swimm and enjoy the magnificent enviroment of the jungle and waterfalls. The water has a greenish color because of the limestone rocks.
At the entrance to the park, there are a camp and bungalows for rent from 800THB (20 EUR) and above, there are also a restaurant and some shops.
If You have time and a car, You should visit the Phartat cave, located 12km north from Erawan, entrance to the cave GPS: 14.395983, 99.079091 (14°23’45.5″N, 99°04’44.7″E). You should also visit the Sinakharin Dam, located around 5km from Erawan, GPS: 14.408658, 99.128052 (14°24’31.2″N, 99°07’41.0″E).
Tha Kradan, Si Sawat District, Kanchanaburi 71250, Thailand
Entrance to the National Park: 14.374960, 99.144506 (14°22’29.9″N, 99°08’40.2″E)
Main waterfall Erawan: 14.359073, 99.141361 (14°21’32.7″N, 99°08’28.9″E), it is located around 1,5km from the entrance.
Adults 300 THB (7,5EUR); children 200 THB (5EUR);
Thai adults 100THB(2,5EUR); Thai children 50THB (1,25EUR);
Automobile 30THB (0,75 EUR), motorcycle 20 THB (0,5EUR); bungalow rent from 800THB (20 EUR), bicycle 20 THB (0,5EUR), tent for 2 people 150THB (3,75EUR)
0066 (0)34 574 222
Throughout the year 08:00h-16:30h
GPS Coordinates: Entrance to the Erawan National Park: 14.374960, 99.144506 (14°22’29.9″N, 99°08’40.2″E)
Main waterfall Erawan: 14.359073, 99.141361 (14°21’32.7″N, 99°08’28.9″E)
The Erawan National Park is located around 65km north of Kanchanaburi.
It is best to take a bus, which will leave You at the park entrance. The buses leave the main bus terminal in Kanchanaburi (GPS: 14.021039, 99.534390 (14°01’15.7″N, 99°32’03.8″E)) daily 08:00-17:50h. A bus departures every hour. The price for a one-way ticket is 50THB (1,25 EUR). The last bus from Erawan to Kanchanaburi departures at 17:00h.
When You go to the bus terminal in Kanchanaburi, they will try to persuade You to take a private bus. Don’t agree to that because it is more expensive and there is no real need for that. If You really want to take the private drive, show them our instructions on Thai to take You to the Erawan National Park.
Address: Tha Kradan, Si Sawat District, Kanchanaburi 71250, Thailand
If you are driving with a car, show this translation to the taxi driver:
ช่วยพาไปส่งที่สวนน้ำพัทยา ปาร์ค ที่ตรงหาดจอมเทียนด้วยครับ/ค่ะ
You must also show to the taxi driver that he must turn on the taximeter:
Please, can you tell me how to find this sight:
ช่วยบอกทางไปสวนน้ำพัทยา ปาร์ค ที่ตรงหาดจอมเทียนด้วยครับ/ค่ะ
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