Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Huai Mae Khamin Waterfall - Kanchanaburi

The Huai Mae Khamin Waterfall (Thai: น้ำตกห้วยแม่ขมิ้น), is one of the most popular places in Kanchanaburi Province. Huai Mae Khamin has been a popular destination for many years, particularly during the rainy season. One of the attractions is the tall limestone walls and dense forest that surround the area. The water cascades over an ochre-stained limestone rock face, earning the falls the Thai name “Huai Khamin” or “Turmeric Stream”. The little-visited falls have formed deep pools that are ideal for swimming. The surroundings are very peaceful with dense jungles and occasional sightings of elephants and other wildlife.

The Huai Mae Khamin waterfall, in the mountainous Khuan Sri Nakharin National Park, is located in Amphoe Sai Yok and Amphoe Thong Pha Phom in the province of Kanchanaburi. The waterfall itself is located near the National Park office. The best way to get to the falls is by long-tailed boat from Ban Tha Kradan or Si Sawat on the eastern side of the reservoir. Hiring a boat can be expensive unless you go as a larger group (up to 20 people). It’s also possible to get there by motorcycle or off-road vehicle from Erawan but the road is treacherous and this route is not recommended.
The Huai Mae Khamin waterfall is a moderate-sized limestone waterfall. It has seven levels. Visitors here feel at peace while watching the clear water fall down the steps of each level. Because this is a limestone waterfall, the area surrounding it is not slippery and doesn’t support algae. The most stunning level is the fourth, called “Chat Kaew” (Thai: ฉัตรแก้ว). To make the area safer for visitors, the park officials erected a path that goes all the way to the top. In addition to seeing the waterfall, the Sri Nakharin Dam is also a popular tourist spot. The dam was originally built to provide water and power the rice farmers in the area. While here, it is possible to rent a boat and explore the man-made lake.

In the National Park there are several beautiful caves for amateur spelunkers to explore. The Neramit Cave (Thai: ถ้ำเนรมิต), has many stalagmites and stalactites formed over thousands of years. This limestone cave also has a domed roof, which is perfect for taller travelers. The Phra That Cave (Thai: ถ้ำพระธาตุ), is the home of an ancient Buddha statue. This cave was used by Thai soldiers hiding from the Burmese Army back in the 18th century. In addition, there are two hot springs where you can bathe and soak your sore muscles from your adventure.

Sources: http://www.tripsthailand.com/huaimaekhamin.php,


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