Quick Guide: Visiting Erawan Waterfall From Bangkok, Thailand

Updated on March 8, 2019
Matilda Woods profile image

Matilda is a part-time digital nomad and lover of all things unexplored and off the beaten track!

The Best Weekend Getaway From Bangkok

Visitors to Thailand are immediately immersed in countless cultural experiences, and Bangkok holds many of the best of these. Incredible temples seem to be around every corner, and streets are jam-packed with market stalls and street food stands ready to amaze and astound. Aside from culture, there is one other thing that most travellers in Thailand want to experience, and that is the spectacular nature. Of course, at the top of the list are the Thai waterfalls!

Luckily for tourists visiting Bangkok, one of Thailand's most spectacular waterfalls can be reached from the city in just a few hours.

Erawan National Park is home to a 7-tiered waterfall that will absolutely blow your mind. In my opinion, this is the best weekend getaway from the hustle and bustle of Bangkok.

Umm, let's go that way.
Umm, let's go that way. | Source

How to Get to Erawan National Park

The trip to Erawan National Park has to be done in two legs: Bangkok to Kanchanaburi and Kanchanaburi to Erawan. The only alternative is to take a taxi, in which case you should be able pay extra to go all the way to the park. But if you decide to go that route, you can expect to pay up to 4,000 bhat or 125 USD. If you are travelling in a group or have the cash to spare, this may well be the way to go. If not, read on!

Bangkok to Kanchanaburi via Bus

Taking a bus to Kanchanaburi is by far the easiest option. Buses and minibuses leave from Sai Tai Mai (Southern Terminal), Morchit (Northern Terminal), and Victory Monument.

Buses leave every hour starting at the crack of dawn. You can check out 12go.asia if you want to buy tickets in advance, but it is probably even easier just to show up.

Bangkok to Kanchanaburi via Train

The train from Bangkok is a wonderful option. This is a local option, so don't expect a luxurious ride, but the scenery in this area is absolutely gorgeous and for this reason, most people agree that the train is the best option for getting to Kanchanaburi.

The reason most people do not end up taking the train is that they don't run out of Bangkok's main station, Hua Lamphong, but instead from Thonburi Railway Station, which is somewhat more difficult to get to. Taxi drivers are not keen to go, but if you decide to go that way anyway, make sure they use the meter!

A better (and more fun) option is to take the Chao Phraya Express. This set of public transportation boats, although often ignored, is one of the most enjoyable and convenient ways to get around the city. You can check the schedules and routes here. Thonburi Railway Station Pier is stop #11. The fare should be between 10 and 15 bhat and you can pay the boat attendant on board. It looks like all the boats should stop at #11, but some sources say that only the no flag boats make this stop. Although I've never had a problem, I do recommend double checking when the boat docks briefly.

When you arrive at Thonburi Railway Station Pier, it is just a short 10-minute walk to get to the trains.

Trains leave at 7:50 and 13:55 and take two and a half to three hours. You can buy a ticket at the station. Keep in mind, if you take the 13:55 train, you will arrive too late to do almost anything that day.

Kanchanaburi to Erawan National Park via Bus

The bus from Kanchanaburi to Erawan is a colourful affair—both literally and figuratively—and the scenery is gorgeous! The bus ride was actually one of my favourite parts of this whole trip!

Here is the schedule:

Kanchanaburi to Erawan

8:00, 8:55, 9:50, 10:45, 11:50, 13:00, 14:10, 15:25, 16:30, 17:50

Erawan to Kanchanaburi

5:20, 6:10, 7:20, 8:30, 10:00, 12:00, 14:00, 15:00, 16:00, 17:00

This info is correct as of 2019, but I got this from a handwritten dry erase sign in the Kanchanaburi Bus Station, so I'm guessing it might change. You can buy a ticket at the station, where many people will be happy to show you the way. The bus takes about an hour and a half.

Stay where the nature is.
Stay where the nature is. | Source

Where to Stay in Kanchanaburi

Erawan National Park is far away enough from Bangkok that you will certainly want to stay at least one night, but it's beautiful enough that one night just isn't enough! I guarantee you will want to stay for as long as possible.

There are many places to stay around the park, but what most people don't know is that you can also stay in the park! I highly recommend staying in the park, as you have the option to visit the waterfall before any other tourists arrive. It is the best way to maximise your time, and the accommodations are lovely!

The website is notoriously difficult to find, but luckily, you came to the right place!

You can book your guesthouse or campground here. The tricky part about booking through the government of Thailand is payment. You need to pay at either the Parks Department of Thailand or the bank. I highly recommend going to the bank. It was actually quite an easy process. I brought my printed receipt, took a number, and paid the teller. Easy peasy!

Make sure you have everything, it's a long way down from the 7th tier!
Make sure you have everything, it's a long way down from the 7th tier! | Source

Bonus Tips!

  • Leave as early as you can, and stay as long as you can!
  • Do go up to the 7th tier; it's beautiful.
  • Bring a dry bag for your phone and valuables, and keep an eye on your stuff.
  • Bring a reusable water bottle. No single-usee plastics are allowed past the second level.
  • Water shoes would be a great idea, if you have a pair.
  • Bring snacks! The food stalls in the park close early!
  • Have an early dinner too! If you miss the restaurants, there is nothing else nearby!
  • Bring a book. Once it's dark, there is not much to do in this rural area.
  • Pack for a day of swimming. The waterfall has many gorgeous ponds to frolic in.
  • Have fun! This is my favourite day trip from Bangkok and my favourite place in Thailand!

Where Is Erawan National Park?

Erawan National Park :
Erawan National Park, Tha Kradan, Si Sawat District, Chang Wat Kanchanaburi 71250, Thailand

get directions

Bangkok, Thailand

get directions

Questions & Answers

    © 2019 Matilda Woods

    Do You Want to Visit Erawan National Park?

      0 of 8192 characters used
      Post Comment
      • Asad Dillz profile image

        Asad Dillz Khan 

        8 months ago from United Kingdom

        Great and informative article Matilda! You write very well and in very beautiful manner! Really appreciative!

      • Matilda Woods profile imageAUTHOR

        Matilda Woods 

        11 months ago from Toronto

        Thanks for reading, Lorna! It really is such a beautiful part of the world!

      • profile image

        Lorna Lamon 

        11 months ago

        Great article on a beautiful part of the world. The bonus tips are really useful, especially for first time visitors. Thank you for sharing.

      • Matilda Woods profile imageAUTHOR

        Matilda Woods 

        11 months ago from Toronto

        Thanks Liz! I'm glad you enjoyed it!

      • Eurofile profile image

        Liz Westwood 

        11 months ago from UK

        This is a very informative article with a lot of useful information and great illustrations.


      This website uses cookies

      As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, wanderwisdom.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

      For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://maven.io/company/pages/privacy

      Show Details
      HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
      LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
      Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
      AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
      HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
      HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
      Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
      CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
      Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
      Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
      Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
      Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
      Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
      Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
      VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
      PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
      Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
      MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
      Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
      Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
      Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
      Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
      ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
      Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
      ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)