How to get to Erawan Falls from Bangkok

How to get to Erawan Falls from Bangkok

I decided to make this blog post to help anyone out there trying to get to Erawan Falls from Bangkok. Before I went I had to read so many different blog posts and do so much research on how to get there and where to go… it can be a bit confusing and scary especially if you are by yourself like I was!

But let’s just get straight into it; Here is how to get to Erawan Falls from Bangkok:

First off you need to make your way to kanchanaburi. To get there you can either take a taxi/minivan, a train or a bus. The bus is the cheapest option and is the one that I chose, so this blog will tell you how to get to kanchanaburi by bus!

Now I did a lot of research and the best place to catch a local bus to kanchanaburi was from Bangkok’s southern bus terminal (sai tai mai), they leave quite frequently which is very handy!

To get to the bus station you need to get a taxi or a bus. I caught a taxi which was a lot easier. Once you get there you need to go to the top floor… which thank god I knew from my research otherwise I would have gotten so lost! They have no signs in English telling you where to go so just remember to head up! It then gets even more confusing from there because again nothing is signed so you need to ask the people working there where to go, which again can be difficult because most of them dont really understand English!

After asking where to go I got pointed in one direction by one Thai person and then another direction by another, in the end I just walked around until I found somewhere where you could get out of the building… that was my logic! After walking around not knowing where I was going I saw a security guard and behind him was a ramp down… I figured this had to be where I needed to go, so I asked him and he nodded! Success!

It can be so scary when you have no clue where you are going, but I guess my advice would be to just not be scared to ask where to go!

So the bus number you need to catch is 81 and if the ticket station for kanchanaburi isn’t open like it wasn’t when I went you need to head to platform 10 where you buy your ticket from the people sitting at a table before you get on the bus!

When I went, I got on the bus thinking I would just buy the ticket on there. Luckily I saw this couple in front of me looking at their tickets and asked them where they had gotten them from and they told me outside… if I had been caught without a ticket who knows what would have happened! So yes remember to buy it before getting on!

The bus costs 110 baht for 1st class, takes about 2-2:30 hrs to get there and you get free water included!

Once you make it to kanchanaburi you are dropped off at the bus station where you then need to get on a local non air conditioned bus to get to erawan falls! The bus is signed with erawan written all over it!

I will warn you when you get off the bus from Bangkok you will be harassed by taxi drivers trying to take you there themselves, the local bus costs only 50 baht and takes an hour and a half. I recommend just taking the local bus.

Once you find that erawan bus.. which again isn’t signed so just ask where you need to go, you are done, just stay on that bus until you get to erawan!

Oh you also have to pay an entrance fee of 300 baht into erawan!

I recommend you stay the night in the park, you can get a bungalow… which is what I got, or a tent which is apperently quite cheap, I just didn’t want to do camping by myself! But if you stay the night it’ll save you having to come back a forth and also you can go walking after hours! Which is the best way to experience the falls! I highly recommend it!

So there you have it! I hope this is helpful for you and that I’ve described things in enough detail for you! If you have any questions feel free to ask me!

I also uploaded my vlog of Erawan Falls on my youtube channel! Be sure to check it out!

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Zi2wC7hYuak

Bangkok

Bangkok

Recently I went on a trip to Thailand and had my first trip to Bangkok!

Now for those who have not been to Bangkok before… let me just put it this way, it is CRAZY! It is an absolutely chaotic city!

Khaosan Road

I personally did not like Bangkok at all! And here are my reasons…

First of all the taxi drivers do not understand you at all when you say where you want to go. Now I get that the city is huge.. because well it is huge (pictured below from the skybar), and I get that it would be hard to know every place in the city, but the taxi drivers are also very rude! The whole time I was there I had one decent taxi driver and that was the one from the airport! He still did not understand what I was saying but he did take initiative and asked for the places number so he could call them and know how to get there. That was a good taxi driver in my eyes! The rest of them it was scary if you got it in, not knowing if they would actually take you to the right place! I even had my Thai friend tell the taxi driver where I wanted to go and he still did not understand, I had also asked for the meter to be on and again he did not understand so I just got out.. I was not dealing with that at all!

View of Bangkok from skybar

Second of all was the smell! Bangkok has a constant rotten egg smell around the streets! It is a hot and sweaty place, which I am guessing is where some of the smell comes from. But I really do not recall ever being out in the streets and not smelling that weird disgusting smell!

Third, was just how crazy it was! There were people everywhere, which again I get it’s a huge city so of course there will be people everywhere, but sometimes it was just too much!

So I really did not like Bangkok, however it is a place you should go to atleast once in your life, just to experience the chaos! But I would definitely say you should only be there a day or two! I was there for about 6 days and it was way too long… way too long! Some people actually really enjoy it there, but it depends on what type of atmosphere you like! I am definitely not made for the hustle and bustle of a huge city!

The one thing I did really like about Bangkok was the little cafe/dessert place after you! You have to make your way to this place and try the ice cream! The cheesecake one is to die for (pictured below)! It is also where the original butter toast was created, in which you will see many imitations in other places in bangkok! Now do not forget “after you” because that is really the only reason I would go back to Bangkok!

I hope you enjoyed this insight into what I thought of Bangkok, let me know in the comments if you liked it? What you thought of it? And how long you stayed?

Phuket Travel Guide

Phuket Travel Guide

Phuket Travel Guide.

Have you been wanting to travel to Phuket Thailand but you are just not sure where to stay or what to do?

This travel guide will give you some ideas and insights of places to stay and things to do in Phuket.

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Where to stay:         

        Deciding where to stay while you are in Phuket is very difficult. You will be tempted to stay at Patong Beach because that is the most popular place for tourists to stay while in Phuket. I urge you not listen to the temptation. Patong is a very busy and crowded place. I will admit it is probably the best place to go out and party all night, so if that is something you are looking for I would recommend you stay here. However, if you are like me and would rather have an adventure than drink all day and night then I recommend only staying one or two nights there, if at all. When I went to Patong I visited for one night. I did not even stay there and that was enough time for me.

        I would recommend travelling down south and staying in Kata Beach or Nai Harn Beach. I went to Phuket for 9 days and stayed in Kata beach the entire time. It is so beautiful there. Although it is still a very big tourist area, the streets are quiet, and that is something you do not find in Patong.

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Kata Beach, Phuket

        If you are planning on staying in a couple of different places while you are there I recommend checking out Nai Harn and Phuket old town. Nai Harn is such a beautiful little area that is a lot more local than the other beaches in Phuket. There are not as many tourists and it is a beautiful place to just relax and enjoy the peacefulness of the island. Phuket old town is just amazing, with such beautiful architecture and amazing little cafes everywhere. We only spent an afternoon there and I wish we had more time to explore the beautiful streets.

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Nai Harn, Phuket

      All in all, for places to stay I recommend anywhere other than Patong, unless you are there just to party. There are many places that I did not even get to visit in which I am sure are amazingly beautiful also. I recommend Kata Beach, Nai Harn Beach and Phuket Old Town.

Things to do:

       If you really want to explore the island I would highly recommend hiring a motorbike. A motorbike just gives you the freedom to travel around where ever you want and whenever you want. It is also a lot cheaper as taxi’s or tuk tuks cost quiet a lot in Phuket, and they do not budge on their prices, so keep that in mind.

       As I mentioned above I recommend you check out Phuket old town, Nai Harn Beach and Kata Beach if you are not staying there. You can just do day trips to these places, which is what we did when we went to Nai Harn and Phuket old town.

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Phuket Old Town

        I also advise you to check out some of the night markets that are around. At the night markets, you can find some incredible food stalls as well as craft shops. The Karon night market is quite nice and not too big, so you cannot get lost. As it is small it makes it a lot more enjoyable to walk around, I highly recommend it. I also recommend the Phuket town night market. This one is huge and has many, and I mean many craft shops and food stalls around. I believe most towns have their own night markets on, so just do your research and see if there is one close to you.

        For the real tourist things, I recommend seeing Phi Phi island, James bond island, the Big Buddha and the Wat Chalong Temple. For the island tours make sure you go early. The islands are very popular with tourists and if you go early you miss a lot of the rush. I have made YouTube videos about both the Phi Phi islands and James bond island tours I went on, so be sure you check them out. I also have a YouTube video on the Big Buddha and the Wat Chalong Temple.

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Maya Bay, Phi Phi Island

        If you are wanting to see elephants while you are in Thailand, please never ever ride them or see them in shows. Elephants endure great torture to be able to behave like domestic animals. The animal cruelty that is performed on elephant’s is horrendous and needs to be stopped. The only way to stop it is for tourists like us to stop paying for it, as it is what the tourists wants that they will get. When I visited Phuket, I did a lot of research into elephant sanctuaries on the island. The only ethical one in Phuket that I found was the Phuket Elephant Sanctuary (linked here). This sanctuary is associated with Elephant Nature Park in Chang Mai. The elephants here have been rescued from the logging and tourism industry where they have endured so much pain in their lives. I am going to make a whole blog post about this topic because I am very passionate about animal rights, but in short, I highly recommend going to this sanctuary. I do advise to only book on their website as some people try to take you to the other sanctuaries in Phuket. I also made a YouTube video linked here on the elephant sanctuary.

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Phuket Elephant Sanctuary

        So, there you have it. my recommendations for places to stay and things to do in Phuket. Phuket is a beautiful place and the Thai people are so lovely. If you are going there for a family holiday, a solo adventure or just a relaxing trip away I can assure you that you will love it there.

Thanks for reading.

Do you have any recommendations for things to do in Phuket?

Let me know in the comments below!

 

Packing for Thailand

Packing for Thailand

What to Pack When Travelling to Thailand!

Thailand is a difficult place to pack for if you have never been before. Asia in general is quite difficult to pack for if you have never been. What do you pack when you go to Thailand? I will provide you with some tips on how to successfully pack for Thailand, and make sure you do not bring anything you will not use.

For travellers, Asia is quite an easy place to pack for. This is because thankfully the weather is generally the same all year round, give or take. It will usually be either dry and hot, or rainy and hot. You can be guaranteed it will be hot and humid everyday! The weather is usually 28-30 degrees Celsius or above and is extremely humid. So be prepared to sweat…A lot!

When packing for Thailand you need to make sure you have clothes that are light weight, do not smell when they get wet, or clothes that will dry quickly. If you sweat a lot you may need to wash your clothes, so having clothes that dry quickly will make your life a whole lot easier. Having clothes that are light weight, do not smell when wet and dry quickly is a must for Thailand.

Now depending on how long you are there will depend on how much to need to take. A general rule is pack what you think you need and then half it. This rule allows you to not over pack. You will most likely wear your favourite clothes repeatedly, and you will find that a lot of the other stuff was a waste of space in your bag. So that extra pair of shorts or that extra top you have packed ‘just in case’ will generally never get used. Never pack ‘just in case’ clothes. Worse comes to worse you can buy more clothes in Thailand… It’s super cheap. Be sure to only pack what you know you will wear, not what you think you will wear.

Next up is to remember to pack more shirts than bottoms. Bottoms you can mix and match easily with any top. I went to Thailand for 10 days and I only took three pairs of shorts. Just weigh up how long you are going for and how many different outfits you need. A general rule of thumb it to just pack more tops because barely anyone will notice you wearing the same bottoms more than once.

You will also want to pack more than one pair of swimmers in case one pair is still wet and you are going out for the day where you may swim. This means you will not be getting into wet swimmers and be uncomfortable all day. I also recommend wearing a pair of long pants and taking a light jacket for on the plane as it can get very cold on there, especially on an overnight flight.

As I have said before it all depends on how long you are planning to travel through Thailand for. As a guide for you, this is what clothes I took for my trip to Thailand for 10 days (I also made a video about it on my YouTube channel):

  • Three shorts
  • seven tops
  • two swimmers
  • two dresses
  • three pairs of shoes
  • one pair of long pants
  • one light jacket
  • underwear and socks
  • three bras

I took a pair of closed shoes, a pair of thongs (flip flops) and a pair of nice shoes for going out.

To be honest though you really do not need to pack too much for Thailand. Clothes are very cheap there and if you have forgotten something you can easily buy something to replace it.

When packing always remember sunscreen (you can buy it there if you do forget), insect repellent, shampoo and conditioner, medications (cold and flus, pain relief, etc.), a hat, sunglasses, your charges for everything, an adapter, and any other little nick knacks you can think of packing.

You can buy most things in Thailand if you do forget it so do not stress too much!

I hope this has helped you know what to pack, let me know if you have any packing tips!

Be sure to check out my video and subscribe:  https://youtu.be/DnAg_qKCPjo