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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Tourist Lost in Khao Phanom Bencha Park

There are some big national parks in Thailand. You don’t want to get lost in one.

Khao Phanom Bencha is in Krabi province and is 50 square miles in area. In the jungle you lose direction instantly. It’s hard to tell which direction the sun is even in – the trees are so thick.

I helped find a couple of British tourists at a Thailand park a while back – less than 1/4 of the size of Khao Phanom Bencha. Guess what? They were lost for 10 hours – and we were firing handguns into the air to see if they could hear them. They couldn’t. Guess how far we were from them? A couple km.

If you’re going to hike in Thailand the trails are NOT well marked – in general. You’ll need to stay on the main trails and not venture off. Don’t get lost because you could be roaming around for a few days in the jungle.

Do you know how many venomous snakes are at the national parks? It’s unreal. At Khao Phanom Bencha there are so many venomous snakes – whole teams of scientists go there to find them. It’s one of the best spots in Thailand for herpetologists.

In addition to snakes there are these wild animals: Clouded leopards, black panthers, tigers (possibly), Asiatic black bears, barking deer, serow, Malayan tapirs, leaf monkeys, gibbons and various tropical birds – including the helmeted hornbill, argus pheasant and extremely rare Gurney’s pitta. Not to mention Malayan bears, and wild dog packs.

Be smart and hike only with enough to eat, drink, compass, flashlights, full cell phone battery, matches, water, mosquito lotion, and something to sleep on to keep the bugs away. I’m not sure the GPS works in the Thailand jungle – it wouldn’t hurt to bring one and try though.

Our Nokia 5800 eXpress music phone has a GPS that is pretty good at tracking. It triangulates between cell phone towers well too in case you can’t reach a satellite. Might be worth looking into.

So, waiting to hear about this tourist lost in the jungle. I know very little – only that someone is lost. The guy that knows anything – Chris at My Egg Noodles site hasn’t written me back on email or tweeted back on twitter.

Good luck out there man…