Riding For A Fall
Coursing down over 2,000 metres and seven tiers of clear emerald-green pools, the Erawan Waterfall (named after the three-headed elephant in Hindu mythology) is renowned as one of Thailand’s most picturesque cascades. But with a journey of over 200km west of the Big Mango, it’s best to make a full day of it with the State Railway of Thailand, whose guided train trip rightfully includes leg-stretching breaks at some of the most charming sights along the way.
Rise with the sun and head over to Hua Lamphong Railway Station to take in its Siam-era, Mario Tamagno design before catching the 6.30am excursion locomotive to Nakhon Pathom, which is home to the great Phra Pathom Chedi. After paying respects to the world’s tallest stupa (or Buddhist shrine), you’ll return to the train to continue chugging westwards and over the River Kwai and its iconic iron bridge. There’s also a quick detour via the Srinakarin Dam (an enormous embankment that holds a whopping 7.4 billion cubic metres of water), where a fair amount of gawping will be in order, before finally reaching the Erawan National Park. Here, at the heart of its immense jungle gushes the impressive fall… then it’s bathers on, bottoms up, choo choo!
Hua Lamphong Railway Station / Rong Muang / Pathom Wan / +66 2 621 8701 / railway.co.th