XIX – A spectacular seven-tiered waterfall

We rent a motorcycle in Kanchanaburi to go to Erawan park.

In Kanchanaburi, we rent a motorcycle for the next couple of days. Our plan was to head up North and camp in the Erawan National Park. This 550 square kilometer is considered as one of Thailand’s true beauty – peaceful and gorgeous. And after Bangkok, we were definitely looking forward to peace and quiet… No stress and drama of life in a big city! Yeah!

“Erawan National Park, a place where People and Nature are only one world”

The gas station!!

Landscape while driving.

A lot of wind !!

Erawan National Park.

Erawan National Park logo.

Elephants made of wood at the entrance.

Short-cut, walking path to our bungalow. It didn't seem very solid...

We needed to cross this bridge with the motorcycle...we were completely wet afterwards!

Exhausted but happy!

Pic of our bungalow by night

We even had our own wood broom.

……………………………………………………………….It was the perfect place and perfect timing for my second hike during this around the world trip. All key ingredients to happy hiking were there: a great hiking buddy (Laureline), a beautiful scenery and a bit of physical challenge along the way. It’s a four-hour climb to reach the top of the waterfall, and the trail is pretty steep and slippery from place to place. You definitely need to be careful and watch your steps as not to fall.

We were warned...

During our hike we encountered some monkeys that were quite aggressive! They tried to steal your camera and your handbag, and two of them even jumped on a guy’s head. I can tell you he wasn’t happy about it and had a hard time getting rid of them. They scratched badly his neck! Honestly I don’t know why people love monkeys so much… I am blaming the TV show “Friends” where Ross has a super nice funny little monkey! But, this is certainly not real life!

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First waterfall.

The big highlight of the park wasn’t the angry monkeys, but the 7-level waterfall. Pessimistic people will say “once you’ve seen one, you’ve seen them all”, and they would be WRONG! No two falls are the same! In fact, the seventh tier, Pu Pha Erawan, is said to look like the shape of Erawan, the three-headed elephant of Hindu mythology, and from which the park draws its name.

Fishes, fishes, and more fishes!!

…………………………………………………………….But let’s not get too far ahead of ourselves here. As we reached the first waterfall, Hlai Keun Lung, we were amazed by the number of fishes in the pool… Honestly, that didn’t encouraged me to get in the pool. I know the “fish Spa” is really popular in Asia, and people find it funny to put their feet in a tub filled with fish that eat all the DEAD SKIN… but I personally find it gross, and I wouldn’t trust the fishes to not eat my little toe as well! So, we quickly took some pics and headed off to the second level.

Walking towards the 2nd level.

The second level with the small alcove.

…………………………………………………………The second waterfall, Wang Mut Cha, was impressive but unfortunately lots of people were already swimming in the pool at 7:30 am! I am barely awake, and only had time to grab one small coffee… ugh… Anyway, if you look closely at the picture, you can see there’s a small alcove behind the waterfall. Water drops/flows over it. Since we didn’t really feel like swimming with a bunch of Russians, we continued our climb up to the third level.

The third waterfall with the pool invaded by small fishes

The third waterfall, Pha Nam Tok, was definitely higher than the first two ones. But, there was again a lot of small fishes in the pool. So, on to the next one…but still, it was a beautiful waterfall.

The fourth waterfall, Oke Nang Phee

……………………………………………………………As we reached the fourth level, Oke Nang Phee, I was happy when the words “Let’s take a short break” came out of Laureline’s mouth. And oddly, I got a sense that things felt good, healthy and right. I was away from the craziness of big cities, breathing fresh, clean air. I was active and getting a good exercise/workout out of this trek. And, finally I was in my element, water! Everything felt right!

On our way to the fifth waterfall, Bue Mai Long, we noticed some colourful fabrics tied around large trees. I found out later the reason why strips of cloth are tied around large trees in forests or gardens. In Thailand, they believe that spirits reside in old trees. So, worshippers place offerings at the foot of the tree or in lower branches, and the bright ribbons are a symbolic warning for others not to cut down the tree.

The fifth waterfall, Buar Mai Long.

The sixth waterfall...the less impressive in my opinion..

The seventh wterfall..humm, you need a really good imagination to see an elephant there...

Bye bye Kanchanburi!

…………..Reaching the sixth waterfall, Dong Pruk Sa, was more adventurous. It required a bit of stream walking and rock climbing.

And, as for the seventh waterfall, I already told you that it looked like the shape of Erawan.

To conclude, it was definitely a beautiful hiking day, and I got to see a spectacular seven-tiered waterfall!

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2 Responses to XIX – A spectacular seven-tiered waterfall

  1. Ana Marquez says:

    Water is definitely your element , since you were a wonderful baby I confirm !!! Big kis Mom

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