An incoming new year means a new you, and what better way to kick start your resolution than with a hike through some of Thailand’s most beautiful landscapes? Whether you are looking for something a bit more challenging or simply want to stroll somewhere without breaking a sweat, Bangkok has the trail for you. Here are the best hikes in and around the city.
Located just under two hours from Bangkok is Nam Pha Pa Yai, near the historic city of Ayutthaya. In addition to hikers, it accommodates rock climbers and cyclists. Nam Pha Pa Yai is a great place to stay for a night or two, as it is home to a climber’s camp, equipped with naturalistic lodging options, including tents and tree houses.
Krok E-Dok Waterfall in Saraburi takes home the prize of being both the highest and largest waterfall in central Thailand. Made up of seven different falls and standing at a whopping 700 meters high, the waterfall is certainly a spectacular sight and a great stop-off point for those who need a break from hiking in Thailand’s hot climate. The path is a bit overgrown and the entire hike is certainly a challenge, so hiring a tour guide can make the journey a bit easier to navigate. Those who hope to see this waterfall should be well-equipped to be on the trail for almost an entire day, if not longer.
From a stunning temple to a vibrant local market, there are several reasons to visit Ko Kret. This island is about 15 kilometers north of central Bangkok and is home to the oldest settlements of the Mon people. Because of this, your hike will consist of a number of noteworthy sights along the way. Instead of gibbons and elephants, those hiking the five-kilometer trail will find handmade terracotta pots among other man made wonders and, of course, peace and quiet. The local people live entirely different lives than those in Bangkok.
Those looking for an alternative and unique way to hike in Bangkok should head to Rock Domain Gym. The gym is home to some 1,100 square meters of climbing space, all of which is indoors, providing climbers a great escape from Bangkok’s often brutal heat. Unlike some of the other hiking destinations on our list, Rock Domain Gym is located closer to the city. This climbing haven is open Monday-Friday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.