Just off the beaten path, you’ll find many hidden corners deep in the forests of Thailand, perfect for a nature trek. Thailand is home to some of the world’s most exquisite animals and vibrant flora and fauna that will turn your hike into an unforgettable adventure.
Thailand is known for its beaches and emerald green waters, but did you know that 70% of the country is covered in mountains? Whether you’re chasing waterfalls or bird watching, the nature treks in Thailand will not disappoint.
Umphang Wildlife Sanctuary
Just in time for green season, the Umphang Wildlife Sanctuary is an excellent remote trekking experience in Tak province. Flowing through the sanctuary is the Mae Klang River, which, if you need to cool off during your trek, you can take a rafting tour on! The raft will take you to the largest waterfall in Thailand known as Thi Lor Su.
If one day in this forest paradise isn’t enough, you can camp overnight for a real nature experience. Open farmlands, bamboo forests, and dense tropical rainforests form a scenic landscape. We recommend taking a 3-4 day trip to experience all that the Umphang Wildlife Sanctuary has to offer.
Mae Sariang is in Salawin National Park, a heavily forested nature trek with Asian redwood, teak, and several hiking trails along a rocky river. Lesser known to tourists, Mae Sariang is a tranquil nature trek for those looking to slow down and connect with nature. Here you can discover colorful butterflies, small mammals, vibrant birdlife, and paths rich in flora.
The Karen villages offer a more cultural experience for an overnight stay for you to experience authentic local village life.
Phu Lang Ka
In the mountains of Phayao Province is a charming remote village known as Phu Lang Ka. When visiting, don’t miss a trek to the viewpoint at 1,700 meters (5,577 feet) high in Phu Lang Ka National Park. Shrouded in limestone karsts, you can admire the misty scenery miles into the sky overlooking Phayao Province. Within the park also inhabits thriving wildlife, including tigers, bears, birds, and squirrels. Along the way, you will also encounter an abundance of foliage and waterfalls.
The best time to visit the summit is during sunrise or sunset when the sky is mesmerizing, and the landscape is glowing.
North of Bangkok in Kanchanaburi is a quaint village town off the beaten path surrounded by the thick mountains of the Tenasserim Hills. Sangkhlaburi offers many walking opportunities to visit some of its most treasured features, including the Mon Bridge.
The Mon Bridge is a long wooden bridge made up of boards and branches that stretches over the water. The scenery is exceptionally breathtaking at dawn when the fog flows over the water.
Phu Kradueng National Park
For the more adventurous travelers, Phu Kradueng National Park is a hike with a bell-shaped peak at the summit that will leave you breathless. The summit takes around 3-4 hours to reach at 1,220 meters (4,000 feet) tall. On your way to the mountain’s peak, you’ll journey past streams, waterfalls, and several types of flora.
The park is located in Loei Province in the northwest of Thailand. Keep in mind that the hike to the summit is rather strenuous, so it is not for the faint of heart. Remember to bring plenty of water and little baggage to carry!
Kew Mae Pan Nature Trail
Within the famous Doi Inthanon National Park is Thailand’s highest peak, which can be reached via the Kew Mae Pan Nature Trail! Although it takes 2-3 hours, the trek is suitable for any level of hiker. The trail opens in November until May during the dry season.
Along the trail are waterfalls, moss, fern, and more lush vegetation to discover. Weather dependent, the views are either crystal clear or filled with mist that looks like a sea of clouds. Either view is truly remarkable and worth the trek.
Doi Luang Chiang Dao
In the Chiang Dao Wildlife Reserve area, Doi Luang Chiang Dao is a limestone mountain that reaches 2,195 meters (720 feet) above sea level. The mountain is well worth the visit as you are met with lush, evergreen forests, limestone cavers, and impressive waterfalls. However, the real star of the trek is the summit.
A guide will take you through the forest, where you’ll discover bamboo, tall trees, and tropical flora. When you reach the summit, prepare to be stunned by panoramic views of the landscape that appear to be right out of a postcard.
Phu Bak Dai Mountain
An unusual cliff sits at the peak of Phu Bak Dai Mountain called Pha Lok Luang, which translates to “fooling cliff.” The cliff is a stone slab that sticks out, making a special vista moment that many hikers climb there to experience.
The mountain is located in Loei Province. First, you must ride a tractor for 1,000 baht (30 USD) that will take you up a hill to the hike’s starting point, which will take 3-4 hours in total.
Journey Through Thailand!
There are many more fascinating nature treks in Thailand to experience extraordinary discoveries, whether it be one of Thailand’s beloved animals or a peak with 360-degree views. Always prepare to plan ahead with plenty of water and the right hiking gear when journeying through the forests of Thailand. We can’t wait for you to experience all the natural wonders that Thailand has to offer. For more information on travel to Thailand, visit here.