I spent the past weekend in Kanchanaburi, a province north of me, exploring Erawan National Park. A beautiful jungle showing off it’s multi-greens and thick, canopied layers, this was a much needed getaway because the past two weeks have been rough. I have been bogged down with an ugly head cold and then a bout of food poisoning. I still don’t feel quite right, but hiking through the open air, smelling distinct, tropical flowers, and swimming in the crystal clear waters of the Erawan waterfalls was exactly what this chica needed.
At our hotel.
I met up with my friend Molly and two other gals at Sam’s River Rafthouse, which was a simple room on a floating raft! It was awesome! Tethered to shore, the gentle swaying of our floating room lulled me to sleep that night, and waking up to the birds and the morning hustle and bustle on the River Kwai was a perfect way to start the day.
We all got up early to catch the 8:00 am bus to Erawan National Park, knowing full well that the park would be inundated with foreigners by the afternoon. We wanted to get a jump start on the chaos.
Arriving at the gate, we were greeted by a park ranger, and this made me giddy. He didn’t quite understand when I tried to explain to him that I used to work for the NPS in the United States, but he let me take a picture of his patch anyway.
The entire day was spent hiking the 7 tiers of Erawan waterfalls. The beauty of this place is hard to put into words, so I will let the pictures do the talking.
The climb up was a fantastic exploration of really big butterflies, tree shrines, and pale-blue jeweled water.
The tree shrines were intriguing, and, only when I got back to Phetchaburi, did I learn that these cloth covered symbols are to protect the angels living in the trees.
I hear there’s an angel / in the tree
watching, observing and breathing into my eyes unseen /
A few more pictures that delighted my inner park ranger: