Erawan National Park is named as the most beautiful waterfall in Thailand. It locates in Kanchanaburi province not too far from Bangkok (The capital of Thailand). If you want some natural scenery and landscape tour to fit your itinerary in Bangkok. Erawan National Park is the best choice for you to spend a day.
How to go to Erawan National Park
Erawan National Park is about 200km northwest away from Bangkok. There is no direct public transportation to the waterfall, you may either rent a car or follow local tour. The Erawan waterfall one day local tour price is around 1500Baht (USD45) which includes round trip transportation cost, lunch and park entrance fee, the tour will pick you up at your hotel in the early morning and drop you down at the designated place after the trip.
My girlfriend and I have experience driving in Thailand. So we decided to drive there by ourselves, the one-way journey took me around 3 hours.
How to start your visit to Erawan national park
It is pretty easy. After you paid for the entrance fee (200 Baht per permit for foreigner) of the national park, you will see the touring golf cars not far from the parking lot, there are restaurants, shops where you can stop by for the swimming suits. You can pay 30Baht per person for a one-way ride on the golf car directly to the entrance of the hiking trail (There is only one trail open for hiking, therefore it is pretty easy to follow).
The hiking trail is summed up with 7 tiers where you can go from bottom to the top, as I read the introduction of the trail, it is categorized as a beginner level and suitable for kids. But I feel like the difficulty is getting a lot tougher after tier 5 (Level 5), where you may expect to strode across the water, slippery stones, climb between rocks and steep stairs.
The water is getting so blue and clear when you are hiking up along the trail. You can see people chilling and swimming with the fishes.
It took like 2 hours to hike up the entire trial and 45 minutes to get back down to the starting point. It was enjoyable tho and all views are captivating.
Authentic Thai food near the waterfall
After hiking for a few hours, our stomachs were so ready for late lunch, we look for the restaurant through Wongnai App, Wongnai is the top website in Thailand where people share restaurant recommendations and food reviews. You can easily find local delicacy even you are in the middle of nowhere.
We found Bann Ton Nam coffee & Restaurant on Wongnai with a pretty decent review. The environment is very nice and has a parking area outside the restaurant. Maybe we came here late at 3 p.m, there were not many people.
Deep fried fish with Thai mango salad dipping
Spicy coconut Chicken soup (Tom Kha Gai)
I really like the deep-fried cereal on the top