After a trip to Huay Mae Khamin falls, you will realize that it is still possible to find spectacular places in Thailand still unaffected by mass tourism, even during the high season. The falls are part of Khuean Srinagarindra National Park, where there are several other waterfalls, and a huge reservoir at Si Sawat. Huay Mae Khamin Waterfall is located in Sai Yok, Si Sawat, and Thong Pha Phum districts, 105km northwest of Kanchanaburi town. It covers an area of 1,532 square kilometers and was designated as a national park in 1981. The park is also known as Si Nakharin National Park.
Huay Mae Khamin Waterfall, an Undiscovered Gem
Huay Mae khamin Waterfall is a great alternative to the well known and busy Erawan falls. The seven level falls are amongst the most stunning in Thailand and due to the off the trail location, can be enjoyed in relative peace and quiet, away from hordes of tourists. The waterfalls source is in the mountains to the east of the park, and eventually flow down to the River Kwai Yai. Other waterfall’s in the park include Pha Sawan and Pha Tat. Swimming is permitted all around the falls apart from the large drop on level four. The park also has many other attractions such as caves, hot springs, and the island studded Si Sawat Reservoir.
The falls are as beautiful as the popular Erawan but without the tourists
Camping at Huay Mae Khamin Waterfall
Camping is permitted in two idyllic locations in the parks headquarters, next to the waterfalls and overlooking Si Sawat reservoir. Both are in fantastic spots, offering great views and your own private swimming area next to your tent. Tents and equipment can be rented from the nearby park office.
Our camping spot with private swimming pool. This is one of the best places we have ever camped at
National park accommodation is also available nearby, the rooms are nestled on a hillside and feature large balconies overlooking the stunning Si Sawat reservoir.
National park accommodations are well maintained and have stunning views
Two large restaurants serving a number of Thai dishes, and an onsite shop selling snacks and treats to campers completes what is an absolute hidden gem of a place. It can get busy on public holidays such as the Songkran festival which is Thai New Year at the beginning of April. But if you go on a weekday, you are most likely to have the place to yourself.
How to get to Huay Mae Khamin waterfall
To get Khuean Srinagarindra park headquarters, where Huay Mae Khamin Falls are located you take road 3199 out of Kanchanaburi town which also leads to Ewaran Waterfall and Si Sawat district, which are both well sign posted in English. After passing Ewaran Falls you will come to Srinagarind Dam where you turn left and follow the road that runs on the left side of the reservoir, do not head for Si Sawat. After around 50km you will come to a gate and the entrance to Sri Nagarindra National Park.
See map for location of Huay Mae Khamin Waterfall
It is also possible to get there from Si Sawat district which is located around 40km past Ewaran Falls on the 3199 road from Kanchanaburi. Going by this route means you must cross the reservoir, which is possible by small transport and passenger ferry running at intermittent times depending on amounts of passengers. See map above for location of ferry.
Photo Guide – Huay Mae Khamin Waterfall
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