Thailand Mountain Hikes

Hang Nak mountain summit in Krabi, Thailand

This will be a list of mountain hikes in Thailand, and I’ll embed a Google map below with the hikes that I know about. If you know about any hikes up mountains or hills – leave a comment or zap me and email and I’ll add it to the list.

Southern Thailand

Krabi

Hang Nak (Hang Norn) Mountain – Tub Kaak, near Ao Nang in Krabi Province. This is a 3.7km hike up a mountain through dense forest, but the trail is well defined. There is an option for a waterfall, but it isn’t anything to see. The top of the mountain gives stunning views and straight down drops of 500 meters. Highly recommended.

Wat Tum Sua Buddhist Temple – Krabi, Thailand, near Krabi town. This is a set of steps up a mountain, leading to a great view of Krabi town, Ko Phi Phi, and Khao Phanom, the 1,400 meter high mountain in the same mountain chain. There are 1,257 steps (they added 20) and there is cold water at the top. I’ve seen 5 year olds climb it, and 80 year olds. Go slow, you can make it. More info ->

Ko Phi Phi Viewpoint – Ko Phi Phi, Krabi Province. Excellent view of the islands and surrounding ocean. Video link ->

Railay Beach Viewpoint – 10 minute boat ride from Ao Nang Beach, Krabi. Short, steep hike with a nice view.

Khao Phanom Mountain – Krabi province, district of Khao Phanom. Highest mountain in the area at 1,397m vertical elevation. There were landslides with the flooding in 2011, so the hiking has been postponed until they clear another way up the mountain. This is one I’m going to go on as soon as there is a route. Will report later. More information on Khao Phanom Bencha Mountain here.

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Thailand’s New Honda CBR150R FI

Honda CBR150R FI - New fuel injected model for Thailand, 2010.
Image from Honda Thailand press release.

Honda is set to release a successor to the wildly popular CBR 150R, a new bike with similar specs and fuel injection. This new motorbike will be available from October 30th in Bangkok at the Rajamangala National Stadium. Isn’t the Kawasaki Ninja 250 at 100,000 THB? The older Honda 150R’s, new, I’ve seen for 72,000 THB recently.

New Honda CBR150R FI Highlights:

  • cost new is 75,900 THB (about 2,500 USD)
  • fuel injected, better mileage
  • “stronger performance”
  • liquid cooling system and electric fan
  • larger, 13 liter fuel tank
  • illuminated LCD dial featuring engine temperature, fuel, speed, ODO meter, and for the first time digital clock
  • colors: Red, white & blue; X-treme red; Night Black.
  • first 1,000 customers will receive stylist jackets worth more than 2,000 baht (limited items), one-year emergency and medical service package from Honda Roadside Assistance

For more information, contact:

Marketing Communication Department, AP Honda Co., Ltd. Tel: 02 757-6111.
Khun Pracha Chankong ext 2503, E-mail: pracha@aphonda.co.th.
Khun Thanyalak Chaiyapa ext. 2508, E-mail: thanyalak@aphonda.co.

For meeting Thai girls in your area – contact: Thai Dating HQ

Rock Climbing in Thailand

This is about as much rock climbing in Thailand as you’ll see me doing. I gained a couple kg and just don’t have the arm strength like I used to have. It’s fun to screw around like this though. Here I am making it seem way harder than it should be. Any real climber would probably stand up and walk up this boulder.

This is a 500 meter high rock. I walked up a path to get to it, but still...
This is a 500 meter high rock. I walked up a path to get to it, but still...

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Going inverted - beyond vertical is something I do often - and here my friend captures me in that crystal clear moment between life and death.
Going inverted - beyond vertical is something I do often - and here my friend captures me in that crystal clear moment between life and death.

Hiking in Thailand

I went hiking in Thailand yesterday. Snake hunting really. It’s a nice mountain climb – about 90 minutes up, 40 down. I saw some footprints ahead of me – fresh. I never did see the hikers though. That was odd. There’s supposed to be one way up the mountain and one way down.

There are some great hikes here in Thailand but you can get lost if you don’t have a guide that’s familiar with the trail. Last night I was up until after midnight with a group of about 50 Thai rescuers trying to locate a visitor and his wife that had become lost on a mountain climb. They’d been gone 13 hours before being found. It should have taken them 3 hours. They were quite happy to be found before having to stay all night there. They were burning pages from a book to keep the insects away.

There are plenty of poisonous snakes and other pitfalls in the Thailand jungle – made worse by nightfall.

Always have a couple things… LOTS of water. Mosquito repellant. Flashlight – even small. 7-11 sells them for 70 baht + AA batteries. Long sleeves and long pants and socks with sport sandals or sports shoes.

Sound does NOT travel far in a jungle I learned yesterday. As I approached some monkeys in the trees I noticed – it sounded like they weren’t that close – they were almost right above me. Sure, 60 feet above me… but, it was weird and I noticed. Then, after I’d passed I realized I’d only gone 50 meters and the sound was very reduced…these were the howling monkees that make that supercool bombs dropping noise.

The idea of sound not traveling well in the jungle was later reinforced as I realized the lost couple couldn’t hear the beeping of my motorbike horn as I went all around the base of the mountain – even within 1km of where the guy and his wife were resting (because it was pitch black even with the full-moon).

Later I really got a shock when the policeman I was with fired two shots from his pistol into the air. I was on the phone with the lost guy – and he said he heard one shot just faintly and the other shot – not at all. He was only about 1km from there!

A whistle would still be a good investment to bring if you’re hiking – it will go further than your voice. Their voices were hoarse after yelling for so many hours.

Be careful in Thailand – it’s fun, but it’s literally wild too. There are Asiatic black bears that could attack you while you’re hiking. They’re supposedly the most aggressive bears on the planet and only about 100lbs.

Watch out!

Thailand Snakes FAQ >

What’s the Maximum Passenger Limit on Longtail Boat?

I just saw on Channel 39 a longtail with 16 passengers (at least – I couldn’t count them all as fast as I needed to) and 2 staff.

It was a segment about whether the red shirt rally was going to affect tourism.

Does anyone know – how many passengers on a longtail? Are there different size longtails with different passenger limits?

Just wondering… I’ve always been told no more than 6 passengers I think it is.

Thailand Tips #5: Ko Samui on a Motorbike? No.

There’s no place more dangerous on a motorbike than Ko Samui or Phuket. I’ve seen more foreigners getting in accidents on Samui than I’ve seen anywhere else.

I saw two girls destroy themselves at the top of the mountain up by the zip line attraction and the waterfalls. The hills are steep and sometimes dirt. Tourists for some reason use the front brake on the motorbike (right side) really hard – and tend to flip themselves or themselves and the bike end over end.

I’ve seen others crash into each other.

I’ve seen cars routinely cut the curve and come into my lane head on – and if I didn’t swerve out of my own lane and onto the side of the road I’d be dead.

I’ve seen the aftermath of head ons with tourists and cars and trucks.

Ko Samui is a wicked dangerous spot to rent a motorbike. If you don’t own a motorbike in your home country – don’t rent one on Samui or Phuket. Those are two really dangerous spots. Phuket I think has the highest accident rate in the country.

Thais have a unique style of driving, it’s called “madness”. Once you learn the madness you can drive on the roads just like them – being aware of the incredibly stupid stuff they’re bound to do. If you’re just here on vacation rent a tuk-tuk or something!

How can you stay safe in Thailand?

You can start by getting Thailand Survival Guide 101.

Thai Black Book.

For a current state of the country – see the ultimate Thailand Guide – Thai Black Book – your guide to staying safe in Thailand

Thai Black Book information site- >

Thailand FAQ

I’ve been meaning to do a Thailand FAQ for a long time. There are many questions visitors and expats alike have about Thailand and most visitors I’m sure end up using a TH FAQ before coming to LOS. I wanted to make one that’s useful and that combines not only my knowledge but other resources as well.

Thailand FAQ is a pool of information from a number of sites – and I’ll be adding to it over today and tomorrow as well. There are many subjects that deserve a whole FAQ for themselves. The Full Moon Party was one of them.


If you have written a FAQ about some part of Thailand – the culture, attractions, anything really – shoot me a link and let me see if it will fit with this Thailand FAQ collection.

If you have information you think should be part of the Thailand Snake FAQ – please also let me know.

How can you stay safe in Thailand?

You can start by getting The Ultimate Thailand Survival Guide.

Thai Black Book.

For an absolutely unique guide with info about subjects you’ll never find in Lonely Planet or other Thailand travel guides – see the ultimate Thailand Guide – Thai Black Book – your guide to staying safe in Thailand

Thai Black Book information page- >

Thailand Skydiving Adventure Close to Pattaya

Tandem Skydiving in Thailand
Tandem Skydiving in Thailand

Sometime in the next couple months this skydiving place will open in Sri Racha which is between Bangkok and Pattaya, Thailand. I know nothing about the company, but they have cool skydiving photos on their site and I’m all for adding something exciting to do in Thailand to the current state of things. It’s now becoming clear to you why I’ve suddenly started featuring adventurous Thailand things to do on my blog for the first time in 2 years.

Many times I’ve thought of skydiving, but the idea of having someone strapped to my back that was in charge of whether I lived or died during a jump never appealed much to me. If I could take a course where I’m in charge of pulling the cord – just me, nobody else can reach that cord – I’d do it. At least that’s what I tell myself.

Is there such a thing as instant solo parachute jumps or does everyone need to go through tandem skydiving jumps before they’re able to do a solo free fall? I guess I’d even go for a static line jump if it was going to lead to a freefall after a few jumps. I find it incredible that there is a 5 or 6 hour course just to teach someone how to ride someone piggy-back after falling forward out of the plane.

Wouldn’t this suffice?

“Slowly ease your way out of the plane, when I say jump, we’re jumping. Once we’re in the air keep your hands wide. Look around if you can stand to open your eyes. Don’t move otherwise or you’ll throw us into an irrecoverable tailspin that will be the last thing either of us does.”

That would be enough to keep most students calm enough to have a safe experience I think. Covers everything you need to know. Oh, I guess you would want to know something about what to do when you land. Ok, must be a good idea this 5 hour school.

Have a look at the company’s web site, Thai Sky Adventures, if you’re looking for something a little more exciting than pounding a nail into the cross-section of a tree with the round end of a hammer.

But you’re not, are you?

Thailand Adventure: Zip Lines, White Water, Rock Climbing, Mountain Biking!

Zip line canopy rides through the trees in Chiang Mai.
Zip line canopy rides through the trees in Chiang Mai.

I was looking around for something online and I stumbled across this site for a company in Chiang Mai, Tree Top Asia that offers:

  • Trekking / Hiking
  • Waterfall trip
  • White Water Rafting
  • Mountain Biking
  • Rock climbing
  • Zip line rides through the tree canopy

I’ve not been to Chiang Mai yet, having missed the entire north between Nong Khai and above Bangkok. I’ve heard that there is some mountain climbing and hikes through some mountains, but I’ve not heard of any company that offers everything this one does.

I think in general the kind of visitors that come to Thailand are those that want to relax, shop, drink, and see the nightlife. I don’t think there are all that many that are adventurous and want to go on all day hikes or adventures like zip line rides or rock climbing.

Even in Railay beach, Krabi, world famous for rock climbing there are seldom more than 20 people climbing the rocks at any one time. Unless they’re so high up they’re invisible.

Mountain biking? Does anyone do this? I see so few tourists on mountain bikes that I don’t think anyone’s really interested. The sports fanatics don’t come to Thailand – and that’s hard for me to believe because it’s such an ideal place for everything. I’ve considered getting a mountain bike about 9 times over the past years and I always put it off thinking that running is just as good. I’ve considered starting a mountain bike rental store with tours. I just don’t see that there’d be many takers. Recently I’ve noticed some online mentions of Krabi Bike Tours – which has some overnight and 1-day Krabi mountain bike tours. Not sure if they’ll pull enough business to make it. I’m pulling for them!

In fact, in Ko Samui they had a mountain bike tour company named Red Bike or something like that. The trails were awesome, but they ended up closing. Why? Not enough people I suspect. Their web site made it seem like the ultimate mountain bike adventure to me – and I was psyched to try it. The hills were steep and the views incredible. By the time I got over there they had closed up. I think the trails were too ambitious for Thailand’s lazy visitors.

So – if you’re up for a lot more adventure than just bungy jumping head up to Chiang Mai and check this company out. Seems like they have quite a cool experience to offer. Oh, they also have homestay opportunities in a village in the mountains. Lots of photos on their site and the prices seem reasonable  – like 2400 baht to 6000 baht for what I think was an all inclusive package. Got a break from teaching this October? Head up there before the rains get too bad! Let me know how it goes, or if you already tried this place.

Fishing in Thailand: Salt or Freshwater… Does it EXIST?

Back in Florida I fished quite a bit. I had a kayak and I’d launch it off the dock in the back of the apartment complex I was in and get lost in Tampa Bay for a whole day. I’d packed enough to eat and had some water and I’d just paddle around and fish for 10 hours at a time. There were some cool little islands to stop off at and I usually met some great guys (and girls) while out on the water.

When I came to Thailand I brought 2 of my PENN reels thinking that there MUST be some decent fishing here. After all, Thailand has a couple thousand kilometers of coast, doesn’t it? As I asked myself that question I remembered trying to fish in Hawaii – long days spent catching only reef fish and barracuda – both of which were infected with this strange bacteria – ciguaterra, that poisoned the fish and made it inedible. In fact, it had a very odd side-effect…

If you ate some infected fish, you may get this feeling that you are VERY HOT but, it is very cold where you are. Or the reverse. If you are in 100 degree F weather you may feel VERY cold – like you’re going to die. If someone gives you blankets because you say you are cold… it will just serve to make you FEEL MORE COLD and not resolve the problem at all.

Strange eh?

So, Hawaii coast fishing was only good for Ulua – monster Jack Crevalles that lurked in the 30 foot plus range and that were typically over 100 lbs in weight. They were fish that you might catch once in 2 weeks, at night in the middle of the morning 2-3am the cowbells on your rod would start going off…

No fun for me. I like to be banging fish left and right – bang, a trout. Bang, a redfish. Bang, a flounder. Bang, a snook. Bang, “damn catfish!”. Bang, “damn puffer-fish!”. Bang, a small shark. Bang, a snapper. Bang, a Kingfish. Bang, a permit. Bang, “damn these stupid catfish and puffers!”.

After being here a while the only fish I heard that seemed like a worthwhile catch was this 600 lb plus catfish that someone pulled out of the Mekong river… or Moon River in Isaan – can’t remember which one.

I have watched hundreds of fishers and seen NO catchers here. I don’t count a “catch” as someone pulling in a fish under 1 lb. I have seen Thais’ catch baitfish… that’s not all that interesting to me. I don’t want fish for my aquarium. I want a fish that is going to FIGHT me and resist coming in. Not just take up some slack in my line and force me to reel in, pull him off, re-bait and throw out again. I’d rather catch 3 lb catfish as at least it’s exciting until I feel the typical fight on the other end that tells me “cat”.

Does ANYBODY catch anything over here worth talking about – from the shore? I would love to hear about it…

WHERE IS THE FISHING IN THAILAND?