Exploring Hidden Thailand
The national parks in Kanchanaburi Province are home to seven major waterfalls, the three most attractive being Erawan, Huay Khamin, and Sai Yok. The city of Kanchanaburi, a three-hour bus ride from Bangkok, serves as a transportation hub for the province.
My otherwise idyllic trek to the top terrace of Erawan Falls was tainted only by the fact that I hadn't worn my bathing suit under my shorts, and I was unwilling to forgo the chance to take a dip in Erawan's refreshing waters. My options were to bare all in the water and let my entire body serve as a salt-lick for hundreds of little flesh-nibbling fish, or to risk flashing one of the many Thai families that were using the trail that day. I decided that there were certain parts of my body that I just would rather not offer up to the, um, pecker fish. So, I hope the wide-eyed boy, who thankfully couldn't immediately bring himself to explain to his mother what he had seen, will forgive me for the inadvertent flash of cheek he saw as he passed me by.
So if you go to the waterfalls, change beforehand. You'll spare yourself and your trailmates some anxiety, and you'll enjoy Kanchanaburi's finest natural attractions in peace.
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication