Erawan waterfall, a seven-tiered cascade in western Thailand, is arguably one of the most beautiful waterfalls anywhere in the world. Erawan is the Thai name for Airawata, the celestial six-tusked elephant upon which Lord Indra, master of the heavens, rides bearing his thunderbolt. The divine creature is depicted in Thailand as a three-headed (or often 33-headed) elephant who is the master of clouds and rain. The mountain of Erawan is thought to bear the shape of a hulking elephant and its crown is nearly always dense with mist and clouds.
The waterfall is the cynosure of the picturesque Erawan National Park in Thailand’s western province of Kanchanaburi, not far from the border with Myanmar. The elephant motif isn’t far from fact: There are wild elephants here in the quieter parts of the forest but visitors are rarely troubled by their presence. Along the walk to the waterfall, you can sight a variety of birds and, if luck allows, small mammals like monkeys, civets and river otters,Read More »from Erawan Waterfall - Thailand's natural treasure