Is Huay Mae Khamin the best waterfall in the Kingdom?

Erawan and Huay Mae Khamin Waterfall

Erawan and Huay Mae Khamin Waterfall Ok so I have been to Erawan Falls at Kanchanaburi a few months ago. To compare Erawan and Huay Mae Khamin Waterfall also in Kanchanaburi Province in Thailand is near impossible. 

Erawan is the more known attraction being accessible to the average tourist staying in Kanchanaburi. You can hire a scooter and brave the short highway style road there, enjoying a day in the water. But what does traveling past the entrance to Erawan Falls for another 45km or 1 hour in a car get you?

Well you end up at Huay Mae KhaminWaterfall within Sai Yok National Park, and this place is spectacular which would explain why Thai locals tend to stay away from Erawan and all venture to the tropical rainforests of Huay Mae Khamin.

Huay Mae Kamin WatterfallThe shear size of the cascading pools flowing over the limestone (1km in length) is one of the major draw cards, but added to this the breathtaking views of Sinakharain Lake and you suddenly know you are somewhere exceptionally special.

Huay Mae Kamin Waterfalls offer a large grassed area for camping where you can rent a good quality tent and bedding for as little as 500THB a night should you wish to stay.

This is cheap considering you are waking up to the natural sounds of water cascading down the 7 tiered levels.

What you also get coming to Huay Mae Kamin Waterfall is the opportunity to avoid all the bullshit of the tourists. I personally found Erawan to be so annoying with all the obnoxious, loud and self obsessed backpackers to be a real turnoff.

Walking down the scary steps at Huay Mae Kamin (yes the step treads are spaced to far apart) you have the option to take your pick of glistening swimming pools to spend your chill time. Each one is equally picturesque with rays of sunlight blasting through the canopy of trees.

We opted to head down towards the bottom where it was less busy, walking about 10 minutes down the timber pathway. Our chosen spot had a large pool, approximately 3.5 metres deep, with a massive waterfall towering 2 stories above.

Erawan and Huay Mae Khamin Waterfall Although the signs suggest no jumping off the rocks into the water, surveying the pool ensures you have a safe area to make a calculated decision to break those lesser enforced rules.

Launching yourself off the top of the 2 story high flowing waterfall definitely takes some balls, although it doesn’t look high from the bottom, once your standing on the slippery rocks at the top it is a long way down.

Throwing cautious to the wind and hurling yourself off, experiencing the 2 second freefall before breaking the chilling water surface, makes the adrenaline kick in and you quickly realise how great life truly is.

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