The Erawan National Waterfall posted on their Facebook page on the 11th of this month (August 2019) that the tier 6 and tier 7 of the waterfall will be closed down due to continuous rain causing the hiking trail to become extremely slippery. A few tourists slipped and got injured from the slippery mud.
The Erawan Waterfall is inside the Erawan national Park located in Kanchanaburi Province, only 2 hours away from Bangkok. The waterfall is famous for emerald green waters and the 7 tiers each having their own unique structure and hiking trails. The 7th tier gives the waterfall its name as it looks like a giant elephant’s head. Erawan is a three head elephant from Hindu Mythology. The park is open every day from 8 am to 4.30 pm and is definitely one of the most popular waterfalls in Thailand.
There has been continuous rain at the Erawan Waterfall since last week. The trail that leads to tier 6 and tier 7 has turned into slippery mud. The hiking trail to tier 6 and 7 are much more complicated than the other trails leading to trail 1 to 5. Tourists can still visit the Erawan Waterfall at tier 1 to 5. Tier 6 and 7 will reopen when the mud has turned back into dirt, this is to protect against more injuries in the future.
On the 11th of this month, multiple tourists slipped while on their way to tier 6 and 7. The security team at the waterfall and a rescue team was called in to rescue the injured tourists down from the waterfall. Slipping can cause serious injury, including death in worse cases as the trail has big rocks all along the way. The water level at Erawan Waterfall has remained the same, tourists can visit tier 1 to 5 without having to worry about safety.
FB Caption: Multiple tourists slipped and fell while on their way to tier 6 and 7 of the Erawan Waterfall.
Source: Matichon Online, Thai National Parks, Kapook