When Not to go to Erawan Falls
The other day I spent 10 hours independently traveling to the infamous Erawan Falls. Erawan falls is popular for a day tour or overnight stay if one is in Bangkok. The falls were named after the three-headed elephant found in Hindu mythology because locals believed it to greatly resemble the mythological creature. Seeing pictures of this 7-tiered breathtaking falls, I was overly anxious to get to them . I first took the sky train in Bangkok and got off at Mo Chit station where I then hopped in a taxi and headed to Mo chit bus station. From there, I bought a ticket for a bus ride to Kanchanaburi, the nearest town to Erawan National Park where the falls reside. I originally thought that the falls were very close to Kanchanaburi bus station, but upon arrival, found that I needed yet another 2-hour bus ride. So I bought my 50 baht bus ticket and waited patiently for the next venture. After finally getting to the location, there was a miscommunication between the park rangers and my friend and I where we were told there would be bungalows still available, but the reality was that there were only tents and a snack shack for dinner. After traveling for the length I did, and knowing the possibility of it raining was super high, my friend and I decided to hitchhike back to a place where we could stay for the night and hike the falls in the morning during opening hours (7am -4:30pm).
We woke up in the morning with such angst to see these falls; We rented a scooter and headed straight for the falls. With visions of blue waters dancing in my mind, the adventure it took to get there was just a small price to pay. As we parked the scooter, and began on foot towards 7-tiers of wonders. As we inched closer, we were not greeted by these blue falls that danced around in my head, they were brown and rushing with such vigor. I had not taken into account that when it rains, the rain carries all the dirt into the water, making those once-luscious blue waters speckled with fish into a very muddy scenery. I laughed and continued walking from tier-to-tier thinking, ‘this would happen to me’. They were still beautiful, just not the exact beauty I had thought I would be seeing-the ones I spent 10-hours to get to. I then decided that I would give advice to everyone else when no to go to the falls, especially when a 4-hours guided tour is not in your budget and decided to independently get to these falls on such a long journey.
The worst time to visit the springs is during monsoon season. Try to visit the falls during the months of March-beginning of May. The months where rainfalls take over Thailand weather would be May-October, and for areas near Bangkok, September-October being the worst months seeing an average of 320-231mm of rain.
So there you have it folks! If you want to be a waterfall chaser, the weather will become your best friend when wanting to capture blue pools of water for friends and family to gawk at.