Huay Mae Kamin Waterfall, a fantastic alternative to the nearby Erawan Falls, is a stunning seven-tier waterfall that is located on the east side of Sri Nakarin Dam National Park.
The trail system is separated into 2 sections: Levels 1-4 and Levels 5-7. The waterfalls from from the bottom level to the top level are (distances are from the parking lot located at the 4th waterfall):
- Dongwan (Dong Wan) – 560 meters (down)
- Mankamin (Man Khamin) – 480 meters (down)
- Wangnapha (Wang Na Pha) – 210 meters (down)
- Chatkaew (Chat Kaeo) – 110 meters
- Laijonlong (Lai Chon Long) 245 meters (up)
- Dongpheserl (Dong Phi Suea) 1035 meters (up)
- Romkaev (Rom Kaew) 1185 meters (up)
The first waterfall that you reach is Chatkaew. This beautiful waterfall is for viewing only; you cannot swim in the pools at the base of the falls. From here, you can decide whether to head up or down first.
We chose to head down to the bottom three falls. There is a nice boardwalk and stairs that follow the river.
The best swimming holes were located in the falls below Chatkaew.
The wide and deep pools are perfect for swimming.
Between the main tiers are many smaller rock shelves with perfect wading pools.
Unlike Erawan Falls, it is very easy to find a spot away from other people. If there are people at one pool, simply keep walking and find your own private swimming hole!
After visiting and swimming in the lower waterfalls, we retraced our steps back to Chatkaew and continued upstream to the remaining 3 waterfalls.
The upper waterfalls are smaller and shallower than the waterfalls below Chatkaew. Rather than a great place to swim, we found them more suited to relaxing next to and wading.
They are visually very unique and beautiful waterfalls! It is very relaxing to simply sit and listen to the running water and the sounds of the jungle.
We had a fantastic time visiting Huay Mae Kamin Waterfall. It is a very special place, and it is certainly comparable to and in the same league as Erawan Falls. If you arrive at Erawan early, it is possible to have the falls to yourself until the tour buses begin to arrive. After that, they are very crowded. We arrived at Huay Mae Kamin Waterfall in the afternoon and there were no large crowds. For this reason alone, we prefer Huay Mae Kamin Waterfall. The only negative is that you must drive 43 kilometers past the left turn into Erawan Falls.
Our hotel of choice for visiting Kanchanaburi is Kanvela Resort. The beautiful location next to the River Kwai and the owner’s wonderful hospitality always make our stays pleasant and relaxing. The owner speaks and writes English. To book, you can contact her through Facebook: //www.facebook.com/kanvelaresort/.
Admission Fees and Information:
The waterfall trails are open 6:30 AM – 5 PM. The park entry fee is 300 THB foreigner / 100 THB Thai for adults, 200 THB foreigner / 50 THB Thai for children. There is an additional 30 THB vehicle fee.
From Kanchanaburi: Take Highway 3199 north. Turn left following the signs toward Erawan Falls. Continue past Erawan, following the signs for Huay Mae Kamin Waterfall. The signs vary in the spelling (i.e. Mairkamin Waterfall).
Bangkok @ 13.756331,100.501765
Kanvela Resort Kanchanaburi @ 14.055714,99.448348
Left turn for Erawan Falls @ 14.384433,99.138756
Erawan Falls @ 14.375465,99.144070
Huay Mae Kamin Waterfall (Checkpoint Entrance) @ 14.633413,98.994461
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