These 7 stage waterfalls are situated within the dense forests of the 550km square Erawan National Park in the Kanchanaburi District of Western Thailand.
The falls themselves are around 70kms from the town of Kanchanaburi on the 3199 highway. They are reachable by public bus no8170 if you are on a budget - the 90 minute journey costs around 50 Baht. Alternatively and much more flexible is to drive there yourself i.e. hire a car for the day - then you can also visit other bits of the Park as well. This makes a good day trip but the area around the waterfalls can be very busy especially during weekends and holidays when local Thai arrive to picnic and go swimming. The falls are open daily although
last entrance times vary for the higher stages - there is a large parking area which is
edged with stalls selling food and snacks as well as other items. The entrance fee for Thai is 100 Baht but foreigners are charged 300 Baht plus a 30 Baht parking charge - however foreigners with some type of proof of residency i.e. a Thai driving licence are charged 200 Baht.
Rather than one huge cascade, Erawan Waterfalls are actually a series of small falls situated over 7 Levels - the walk to Level 7 is around 2kms and it takes around 90 minutes to reach the top - although shaded the whole route can be really humid so it is necessary to take plenty of drink.