Sai Yok Noi waterfall (น้ำตกไทรโยคน้อย)

Sai Yok Noi waterfall is a part of Sai Yok national park.

GPS coordinates: 14°14’19.5″N 99°03’30.0″E (14.238735, 99.058327)

Entrance: Free

The most picturesque time: from September to November. About visiting national parks in Thailand.

Drying out waterfall
Compare: this is the waterfall in December, while on the 1st picture it was captured in October

Sai Yok Noi waterfall is a picturesque 15-meter high wall of water located next to a highway. Also there’s the last stop of railroad line. Special trains come here only on weekends, while ordinary trains end the route at the previous station.

Anyway I don’t recommend taking a train from Kanchanaburi to come here – though there is only 60 km distance, you’ll have to sit on a wooden bench of non-air-conditioned train for more than 3 hours. A good chance to catch heat illness. Furthermore there are only 2-3 trains a day leaving for Namtok station. Landscapes that you will see out of train’s window are beautiful, but you’d rather use the trick of tour agencies: see the most scenic part of Kanchanaburi railroad, using a train for only short distance.

Namtok Sai Yok Noi railway station
The station next to waterfall. In the end of railroad there’s a locomotive in memory of WWII

Waterfall area is pleasant for a walk: unusual trees, flowers, murmuring water and… the food. Well, that’s the Thailand. And Sai Yok Noi waterfall is a popular place among tourists (foreigners generally visit this waterfall on a guided tour to Kanchanaburi province).

Giant buttress roots
Giant trees with buttress roots next to waterfall
Food next to waterfall
Kittens hypnotizing chicken

To the right from waterfall there’s a trail leading upwards. It will bring you to the headspring of Sai Yok Noi and to Wang Badan cave (ถ้ำวังบาดาล) that belongs to Erawan national park. Unfortunately I couldn’t reach the cave – there are several streams that one needs to cross (without any bridges). And the distance isn’t short. I had to turn back, when I had reached a stream that I couldn’t cross without getting my feet wet and a heavy rain had begun.

Path to Wang Badan cave
Road to headspring of Sai Yok Noi and Wang Badan cave
Sai Yok Noi from above
Sai Yok Noi captured from above
Bridges at waterfall area
Area around Sai Yok Noi waterfall is welcoming to have a walk


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