Top 10 great trekking trails in Thailand (Part 1)

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From lush, emerald rainforests to waterfalls of all shapes and sizes, there is so much to see on the many trails in Thailand. Here are 10 stunning trekking trails in the Land of Smiles.

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Khao Chong Wildlife Development and Conservation Park

Khao Chong Wildlife Development and Conservation Park is a little over 12 miles from the city of Trang. In addition to a Botany Museum and Exhibition, the park is home to numerous trekking trails. While there is plenty to see along the way, from rare foliage to wildlife, undoubtedly the highlight of these trails are the three main waterfalls that are found along their paths: the Ton Yai, Ton Noi, and Ka Chong waterfalls. Most of the trails commence from the park’s headquarters.

Ban Ruam Mit

Kok River (via Wikipedia)

The relatively unexplored city of Ban Ruam Mit sits right along the Kok River. This hillside village is made up of a number of different communities, but the majority is Karen. There are also Thai, Lahu, Lisu, and Akha people found here. While it does not get as many visitors as the neighboring city of Chiang Rai, many tourists make their way here to visit the Ruam Mit elephant camp. This mountainous community has so much more to offer tourists than just elephant rides, however. The village’s location next to the river makes it one of the better ones to trek, and the trails here are pretty well-marked in comparison to some of the surrounding areas.

Phu Kradueng National Park

As one of the most well-known national parks in the Land of Smiles, Phu Kradueng National Park has become one of the most desirable destinations for those happy hiking travelers in Thailand. The national park is located in the northeast province of Loei. The highlight of this park is the large plateau that cuts through its scenic territory. It rises over 4,000 feet tall, and it’ll take hikers at least a few hours (3-4) to reach it. The climb to the top is tough but doable, and the end destination, in addition to the views are certainly worth the trek. Those who do not wish to climb to the top will be happy to hear that there are at least 30 miles of trails for hikers to explore.

Phu Kradueng National Park (via Lonely Planet)

Trail 11, Khao Yai National Park

Khao Yai has really made a name for itself in Thailand. As the first ever established national park in the country in addition to being the third largest national park, droves of nature-loving tourists have started to include this national wonder on their itineraries. In addition to being the home of countless mountains, forestry, and rare wildlife, the national park is only about a three-hour drive from the capital, making it easy to access. Khao Yai is home to plenty of trails, each one differing in both difficulty and length. Trail 8 is one of the easiest ones, and as it is under a mile long, the perfect trek for those hoping for something fairly leisurely. Trail 11, on the other hand, is a bit more challenging. Coming in at about five miles long, this is one trail for those looking for more of a challenge.

Kew Mae Pan Nature Trail

Kew Mae Pan Nature Trail (via Chiang Mai Travel)

Do not let the idea of climbing the tallest mountain in Thailand deter you from strapping on your trekking boots. Doi Inthanon is located in the Doi Inthanon National Park in Chiang Mai, a popular tourist destination in the north of Thailand. One of the most stunning trails of those located in this green sanctuary is the Kew Mae Pan Nature Trail. In addition to seeing the surrounding scenery and summit, there are a few waterfalls and stop off points that are very picturesque and worth exploring. The trail only takes a few hours to complete and is suitable for the even the most out of shape trekkers. There is a ฿200 fee, but this price includes a knowledgeable guide who joins hikers for the duration of the trek.

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