Good morning Krung Thep Mahanakhon Amon Rattanakosin Mahinthara Ayuthaya Mahadilok Phop Noppharat Ratchathani Burirom Udomratchaniwet Mahasathan Amon Piman Awatan Sathit Sakkathattiya Witsanukam Prasit, a.k.a Bangkok. After two consecutive doing nothing days (you can read this in The Art of Doing Nothing), this very early morning I already sat in a car which will bring me to Kanchanaburi with my two friends, Jay (Indonesia) and Pi (Thai). At 4 AM, Jay and Pi picked me up in Khao Sarn road and we started our journey for about two hours.
Along the way to Kanchanaburi, we talked a lot while the car was drove through the darkness. I know Jay from a group named ASEAN Community on FB–he is one of the admin. He stays and works in Bangkok since seven months ago, leaving his hometown in Java, Indonesia. Jay is a nice guy to talk to and we had an interesting conversation.
When we arrived at Kanchanaburi, Pi and Jay took me to Srinakarin Dam, a power plant which utilizes river regulation and hydroelectric power generation. At the beginning, I was sort of thinking, what’s so special with a dam? But when i got there, well, i took back my words and adoring its beautiful scenery. We sat for a while near the edge of the road, staring at the natural green forests and hills which surrounds the power plants, the sunrise which slowly slithered the surface, and the river and the lake which is so calm and breath taking.
Me and Jay
Jay and the lake
After couple minutes, we left the dam and continued our trip. Before going to Erawan waterfall, Pi brought us to a restaurant near the dam. We had a breakfast for a while, original Papaya salad, Papaya salad with raw crab, and scrambled egg. Well, I my self felt a little bit awkward when I had to eat a sour-sweet-salty Salad in the morning with rice! Really, I was thinking like, “you eat salad with rice?? in the morning??”. But, after tasting it, my tongue got used to it–since the salad tastes very delicious.
View near the restaurant
Ok, the breakfast has finished, and we are so ready to do the waterfall trekking. Pi drove his car straightly to Erawan waterfall which took approximately 15 minutes from the dam. When arrived and Pi had parked his car, we walked to the ticket booth. Since it was still early morning, so there were just like one or two family. Following the sign to the waterfall, We and the others walked through the pathway which is shaded by the trees.
Erawan waterfall has seven tiered waterfall. Each of which offers beautiful scenery and fresh crystal clear river. And it is suggested to reach the last waterfall a.k.a the 7th one, because it is the highest waterfall. To do the trekking, it is facilitated with a maintained infrastructure such as the pathway with stepping stone, wooden stairs when climbing, and sturdy bridge for traversing the river.
But still, although it seems like we don’t do a natural trekking, it felt so exhausting. From tier to tier, we had to push our energy to our limit. The distance for each tiers is steepy, sometimes, the wooden stairs is so long and high to climb, and sometimes we have to do some little jumps when passing the puddles. However, when you go and do it with your friends, this trekking will be more fun.
Here, in Erawan, there lives fishes in variant size which loves to do a little bite on your skin–just like fish treatment on skin care. So don’t be panic if suddenly something tickles your feet or your body when you swim. I my self prefer not to jump in the water because the bite sensation did make me freak out once i tried to get into the pool, lols. However, I could still enjoy the freshness of the water by laying under the 7th waterfall which has a wide flat surface to sit or lay down.
Jay on his position to jump
the 7th tier
After trekking more than two hours, We went back to the car to change the wet clothes. Unfortunately, I and Pi loosed Jay who walked too fast right in front of us. We still cant find him when waiting next to the car for like half hours and then we decided to go to food stalls near the parking lot to have our lunch. Finally, Jay came to us when we got back to the car. He told us that he was waiting at the entrance gate. I and Pi stared at each other because none of us saw him when passing the gate. Funny quarreling then happened for a while leaving Erawan waterfall.