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Si Sawat (Kanchanaburi)

This small district in the famous Kanchanaburi Province is perhaps most famous as the gateway to one of Thailand’s most impressive waterfalls. The city is easy to reach from Bangkok, as most weekenders arrive by car or bus from nearby Bangkok or other cities within the province.

Most of the buses and tour vans stop at the entrance to Erawan National Park, which is a massive 550 square kilometer park that contains incredible forests, intricate cave systems, and the seven-tiered Erawan Waterfall. This waterfall is named for the three-headed mythological elephant and is extremely popular among locals and tourists alike. Hotels near Erawan Waterfall are a great resource for tourists, as the staff would be very useful in helping to arrange for a tour guide into the park. Although this area is very popular, it’s still a very challenging hike among some impressive ecosystems, and going it alone would not be well advised.

Of course, extreme adventurists will most likely want to go further than just the waterfall. Beyond the stunning limestone formations of the Tham Phra That cave system is the beautiful Srinakarin Reservoir. This reservoir is enormous, and it’s often a favorite resting spot for travelers who have just made it through some of the most grueling hikes in the area.

The park and all its many attractions will certainly take up the majority of time spent in this small city, but Si Sawat in itself is worth exploring on foot. There’s not too much ground to cover, and the locals are used to curious tourists.

There’s a lot more to see and do in Si Sawat, and the best way to discover what else this city has to offer in terms of attractions, landmarks, and hotels is by exploring the interactive map on this page.