The Sai Yok Waterfalls (Sai Yok Yai and Sai Yok Noi) form the focal point of Sai Yok National Park - a 500-square kilometer park offering evergreen, bamboo and teak forest against a mountainous backdrop teaming with wildlife such as bats (the Khun Kitti Bat - the smallest bat in the world), tigers, wild pigs, deer and birds.
Sai Yok Yai
Sai Yok Yai Waterfall flows from cliffs into Kwai Noi Riverand is about 100 kilometers from Kanchanaburi. It is famed for its beautiful environs and the fact that King Rama V once bathed here. Especially impressive in the rainy season, the waterfall is extremely forceful and rapid.
Details: Admission to the fall is 200 Baht. During national holidays the site is very busy with local visitors.
Tel: +66 3451 1200, +66 3451 2500
How to get there: This is the type of journey that might be better faced as a tour. It is possible to get to the falls by bus; you can get off at the English sign at the entrance to the park, but it is then a reasonable distance to the falls which you can cover by motorcycle taxi or walk.
Sai Yok Noi
Sai Yok Noi waterfall (Khao Pung) is the smaller and less visited of the two waterfalls, but no less impressive. It offers some of the most beautiful landscape and the Death Railway once passed close by.
Details: As with Sai Yok Yai, the best time of the year for a visit is the rainy season (June to July).
How to get there: Although they sound like close neighbours, there is in fact 40 kilometers distance between the two sites. Sai Yok Noi is located on the Kanchanaburi - Thong Pha Phum Road and it is 2 kilometers from Nam Tok Train Station.