Travelers around Thailand will surely enjoy this guide to hiking on the best trails in the country. From the highest peak to the beautiful waterfalls, nature lovers will love these thrilling trails. With abundant rainforests, it’s a great way to see the natural landscape while doing physical activity. Don’t forget your mosquito spray and plenty of water, as some of these trails are indeed off the beaten track, leaving hikers really “rough” in some areas.
Thai Adventurer’s Guide to Hiking Trails
1. Doi Luang Chiang Dao – Daen Lae Range, Chiang Mai
Doi luang Chiang Dao is the 3rd highest mountain in Thailand, making it a difficult hiking trail to conquer. Thus, experienced hikers will find this day hike difficult as it requires the presence of a guide. Once at the top, hikers can see the nearby Doi Inthanon emerging from the mountain fog. The viewpoint allows climbers to see the sun go down, which promises stunning views. However, if the climb is too difficult, hikers may choose to stop at the Ban Lisu homestay where the sea of ââfog is near the foot of the mountain. Winter is the best time to see the ominous fog as it covers the entire region.
Duration: 1-2 days
Address: 273 Moo 5 Chiang Dao, Chiang Dao District, Chiang Mai 50170
2. Tab Kak Hang Nak Hill Nature Trail – Ao Nang, Krabi
This trail is best continued early in the morning to avoid the heat. As the Tab Kak Hang Nak Hill Nature Trail requires a lot of vertical climbing, it is best to bring a lot of water. Also, being unfit may not allow you to conquer this trail. However, once you get to the top this 1 hour trail will take your breath away not only because of the climb but also for its view. At the top of Dragon Crest mountain, the more daring can attempt the risky task of sitting on the top of the tongue, where one can have a breathtaking view of Phang Nga Bay and Krabi.
Duration: 1.5 to 2 hours
Address: Nong Thale, Mueang Krabi district, Krabi 81000
3. Phu Hin Rong Kla National Park – Phitsanulok Province
This national park features unique rock formations of Lan Hin Taek. Thus, its name means “broken stone”. Here, hikers can also see the Lan Hin Pum, or ‘stone button’ formation that was once used to retrieve medical patients for its breeze. As the hike is rated as moderate difficulty, the 2-3 hour hike is sure to be beautiful as cherry blossoms and other sites will be seen. To see the cherry blossoms in full bloom, it is best to conquer the trail from December to January.
Duration: 2-3 hours
Address: Nakhon Thai, Nakhon Thai, Phitsanulok 65120
4. Kew Mae Pan Nature Trail – Doi Inthanon National Park, Chiang Mai
This 2-4 hike to Thailand’s highest point is packed with amazing scenery. The cloud forest overlooking the valleys is one example of its beauty, while a moss-covered bridge is another. Hikers can also see twin pagodas with a beautiful garden along the way. As the trail is marked in difficulty, more experienced hikers may choose to continue to Doi Inthanon, where they may choose to camp overnight.
Duration: 2-4 hours
Address: Ban Luang, Chom Thong District, Chiang Mai 50160
5. Phu Langka Forest Park – Phayao Province hiking guide
This magnificent forest park offers the perfect vantage point to see mountain islands hidden in a sea of ââfog. Just the fog itself, in fact, is beautiful, as it envelops the valley. Hikers who have conquered the 5-6 hour trail usually return in awe of its scenery reminiscent of an ancient landscape painting. As the trip is of moderate difficulty, it is best to prepare for a day trip.
Difficulty: Moderate hiking guide
Duration: 5-6 hours
Address: Pha Chang Noi, Pong district, Phayao 56140
6. Khao Mokoju – Mae Wong National Park
As its name comes from the Karenic language of northern Thailand, âit looks like it would rainâ is certainly an accurate description of the summit landscape. Mokoju apparently looks like a large cloud of fog seen from the summit, as the actual peak is above the clouds, at 1,964 meters above sea level. The trail takes at least half a day of hiking through a forest, then several days of steep climb to the top. As the level of difficulty is rated as difficult, hikers are required to contact park rangers in advance before climbing. In addition, there are restrictions on the time of year when hikers can attempt the climb, ideally November through February. Hikers should prepare and bring everything with them as the park only provides a camping area.
Duration: 3-5 days
Address: Pang Ta Wai, Pang Sila Thong District, Kamphaeng Phet 62120
7. Secret Garden of the Buddha – Koh Samui hiking guide
This beautiful garden, also known as the Tarnim Magic Garde, sits atop Khun Nim Peak (Pom Mountain) on the tropical island of Koh Samui. The area was once owned by a retired durian fruit grower who carved Thai Buddhist mythological angels and mythical statues to adorn the land. The garden is on top of a large hill so it is recommended that you wear good shoes and bring plenty of water as it is considered a moderate level of difficulty. So, hikers will find that the 2-4 hour trail leads them through dense forests and steep hills. What’s different about this trail is that the end includes a private garden on top of a hill.
Duration: 2-3 hours
Address: Na Mueang, Ko Samui district, Surat Thani 84140
8. Erawan Waterfalls – Kanchanaburi Province
This moderate hike leads to an impressive 7-level waterfall and is a popular spot for swimming. The pool also has a fresh fish spa, with friendly fish that will nibble at your feet. The half-hour trek takes place in Erawan National Park, in which Erawan is the name of a 3-headed elephant, ridden by the deity Indra. Hikers may choose to climb to higher levels, but the path, indeed, becomes more difficult.
Duration: 30 minutes hiking guide
Address: Tha Kradan, Si Sawat district, Kanchanaburi 71250
Nature lovers will surely find that hiking in the mountains and through the jungles is an exhilarating experience. Plus, seeing the country’s unspoiled natural beauty is something most hikers will never forget. From exotic wildlife to foggy mountains, choosing to conquer an area on foot is definitely worth a visit.