Erawan Falls is a seven-tiered cascade some miles outside Kanchanaburi and is one of my favourite places in Thailand. It's about a thirty minute hike to the top level (or slightly longer in wedge heeled sandals) in tropical heat. The humidity is unmitigated as little breeze can penetrate the jungle.
Though the lowest tier is the most impressive (especially in the rainy season), it's worth the climb to higher levels as each stage brings new delights: the third tier has the highest drop; the fourth has slippery smooth boulders you can slide down into the pool; at the fifth the water tumbles into a large swimming pool; the seventh, top tier is perhaps the most magical (not least because most visitors have already given in to the enticingly cool pools along the way), consisting of a multitude of short drops.
Watching the water spilling over smooth granite into serene pools of preposterously blue, clear water you feel like you've somehow stumbled into Narnia, or some Tolkienesque Elven kingdom.
I stopped for a dip (in my 'new' early 60s Jantzen swimsuit) at the fifth tier, then had another swim when I got back to the bottom. The water was the absolute perfect temperature - cool but not too cold - I could have stayed in there all day!
My hair is supposed to be in the 1910s style from Casey's tutorial, but for some reason it didn't work as well as last time and kept unwinding itself until I ended up looking more mid-Victorian, or possibly seventies hippie. Still, in the jungle who cares?
Peasant blouse, purchased here in Thailand; Shorts, made to measure on my last trip here. Embroidery (used in the first photo collage) by melysbaby on flickr.