Huai Mae Khamin Waterfall
This lesser known waterfall is a longer drive from Kanchanaburi than the Erawan Falls, but many say it is even more beautiful than Erawan. So if you want to see an equally stunning, seven tier waterfall away from the noisy tourists, and you don't mind the extra 40km drive, then Huai Mae Khamin waterfalls is the perfect place for you. Situated in Srisawat district, about 110 km from Kanchanaburi in Srinakarin National Park, this attraction can only be accessed by a private vehicle as there are no public buses. The seven-tier waterfall flows down some 1.8km of hillside from the Kala mountain range, which is covered in bamboo and banyan. In between the main tiers there are countless smaller rock shelves, with larger swimming water holes in the main tiers. There are even two hot springs. Each level of this beautiful waterfall has a name, and the distance from ground level to the top of the falls is about 2.2km. It would take about 3 hours to do this ascent, but fortunately the entrance point from the park to the waterfalls is at the fourth level. The best tier is the fourth, called Chat Kaew, and it can be seen from a platform that is close to the main track. It is almost impossible to trek up the waterfall from here, but you are very close to the falls and there is a great view of the river. This stupendous view arguably tops anything you will see at the Erawan’s seven tiers, and many believe that this is one of the most picturesque waterfalls in Thailand. Tents are available for 225B per night on a camping ground with a panoramic view of the lake (Srinakarin Dam and reservoir). Shared cold-water bathroom facilities are provided. Concrete bungalows on stilts can be rented for 900B on a nearby hillside with a view of the lake. They have private hot water WC's, three mattresses on raised platforms, fans, and balconies with picnic tables. It is a 5-minutes' walk to the waterfall and facilities. Entry: 200B/100B (Adults/children) Open: 7:00am - 6:00pm Tel: +66 25620760 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Address: P.O.Box 1 Amphur Si Sawat Kanchanaburi 71250 Website: www.dnp.go.th/parkreserve/asp/style1/default.asp?npid=114&lg=2 Getting Here: take Route 3199 north for 105 km from Kanchanaburi. When you pass the Erawan National Park gates, you will see a series of blue signs in English which will take you along the west side of Srinakarin Reservoir which will bring you to Huai Mae Khamin. Please note that north of Erawan, the road leads through very remote terrain.