Eight Great Hikes You Must Do in Thailand

Eight Great Hikes You Must Do in Thailand

It’s no secret that the hills around Chiang Mai are great for walking, but there are other great hikes that are begging to be walked. Here’s our pick of the best.

Doi Inthanon

Doi Inthanon Hiking

At 2565 metres above sea level, this is Thailand’s highest mountain, surrounded by evergreen forest yet only 100km or so from Chiang Mai.  As you trek through Doi Inthanon’s pretty foothills, you’ll pass through the rice terraces and villages of the Karen hill tribe.

The Umphang Valley

The Umphang Valley Hiking

This off the beaten area sees you walking along remote valley paths.  Local tour companies can organise rafting along the Mae Klong River, or walk to remote villages and the stunning Ti Lo Su waterfall, one of the most impressive in the country on account of its many tiers cascading down verdant slopes.

The Chiang Dao Valley

The Chiang Dao Valley

The Chiang Dao area offers myriad opportunities for trekking, whatever your level of fitness.  Passing hill tribe villages and forest, a popular detour is to the Chiang Dao caves, its chambers crammed with stalactites and stalagmites.

Mae Sariang

Mae Sariang Hiking

Mae Sariang is perfectly situated to take advantage of the Salawin National Park and the river of the same name which flows through it.  It’s a border area, home to the Karen minority, as well as the Rawang who originally came to the area from neighbouring Burma.

Phu Lang Ka

Phu Lang Ka Hiking

Remote and mysterious, this limestone karst scenery is often shrouded with mist enhancing its beauty.  The area is home to Yao and Hmong.  It’s possible to arrange treks through the Tham Sakoen National Park.

Sangkhlaburi

Sangkhlaburi Hiking

Up near the Burmese border, this area is jam packed with natural features that come together to create one of the country’s most beautiful landscapes.  Highlights include the Kroeng Kravia Waterfall and Songkalia Lake.

Koh Tao

Koh Tao Hiking

Thailand’s hill country hasn’t got a monopoly on awesome views.  Take the short hike through lush vegetation up to Fraggle Rock, visible from Sairee Beach for an incredible panorama overlooking the island’s idyllic beaches and crystal clear surrounding sea.

Koh Phangan

Koh Phangan Hike

Similarly, an easy hike to Phaeng Waterfall up a steep but verdant trail makes a pleasant change from beach life on this popular island.  Make the effort to go a little higher and you can reach the island’s highest point at Khao Ra, 630 metres above sea level.  The reward is far-reaching and spectacular views.