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Hiking Trails in Khao Lak

Beyond enjoying the miles of pristine beaches, Khao Lak can afford visitors many other adventures too. The beautiful and natural environment of Khao Lak and its surroundings, including nearby land and marine based national parks, offer a broad range of interesting and varied activities for everyone to enjoy, including canoeing, rafting, scuba diving, snorkelling, horse riding, elephant trekking and, of course, hiking. Hiking trips, whether to discover flora and fauna, go bird watching or visit waterfalls, will no doubt be centered around the following three nearby national parks:

1. Lamru National Park

Khao Lak is surrounded by mountains, lush forest, mangroves and waterfalls, with part of this area protected as the Khao Lak Lamru National Park. The Park is ideal for hiking, forest walks and viewing wildlife. For biologists or visitors interested in flora, the evergreen forest is dense with rattans and epiphytes, giant ferns, orchids, jungle vines and mangroves. You can take either the Namtok Ton Chong or Fa Nature Trails, 5km and 7km long respectively. The hike will take about 2 and 5 hours respectively, with specific information signs along the way to guide you. There are numerous waterfalls about, but their splendour will vary depending on the time of year, with two in particular worth exploring on a hot day: Chong Fah and Lam Ru (Nam Tok Lam Ru). Chong Fah has a single 10-metre fall with a pool at the base, suitable for swimming. Lam Ru is considerably more popular and boasts a five-tier fall (flowing throughout the year).

2. Si Phang-Nga National Park

Going approximately 65 km north of Khao Lak is Sri Phang-Nga National Park, spread over an impressive 240 square kilometres. Located in the districts of Kuraburi and Takua Pa, it sits adjacent to the famous Khao Sok National Park in Surat Thani province. Most of the Park, which gained protective status in 1988, is virgin forest. This natural habitat is home to an array of wildlife, including the the mouse deer, Malay tapir, serow, barking deer, bear, gibbon, macaque, langur, wild pig and numerous species of birds. There are rolling hills, streams, waterfalls, and a few outcrops of limestone cliffs in the easterly regions bordering Khao Sok. In addition to the jungle giants, there is a broad range of interesting smaller plants too, including orchids, ferns, mosses, herbs and creepers.

There are many hiking opportunities of course, including visits to several picturesque waterfalls. These are our three top picks:

Tamnang Waterall is one kilometre from the Park’s headquarters. The waterfall cascades down a cliff of 63 meters high with water running all year, especially in the rainy season. The surrounding area is very shady with large trees. There is a nature trail of two kilometres along a steep route, which takes approximately three hours.

Ton Ton Toei Waterfall is reached before the checkpoint at the entrance. From a very impressive 45 metres above, the waterfall cascades down a sheer stone face to the bottom. Getting there is via a one-kilometre long path, which is quite nice as there are numerous striking viewpoints along the way.

Namtok Ton Ton Sai flows down from a large rock perched 20 meters above and is surrounded by a thick canopy of banyan trees. It’s located just 500 meters beyond Ton Ton Toei and is accessible on the same trail. It’s the perfect spot to while away a hot afternoon with picnicking and swimming.

3. Khao Lam Pi-Hat Thai Mueang National Park

This park is a little older, having been established in 1986. The national park has two main sections: the Lam Pi Range which comprises a long stretch of mountains of mostly igneous rocks of 60 – 140 million years old, and Hat Thai Mueang. The overall fauna found within the Park includes civet, deer, fowl, pigeon and so on. Marine life in small coral reefs includes stingray, mullet, flying fish and starfish.

The Lam Pi Range features a plethora of lush forest plants like rattan, bamboo and ferns. The topmost peak is Yot Khao Khamin, which hovers at an impressive 622 metres high. Conversely, Hat Thai Mueang boasts 13 kilometres of white sandy beach running parallel to the highway. The water is crystal clear and more than suitable for swimming. During November – February, sea turtles will come to lay their eggs on the beach. As such, there is an activity to watch spawning sea turtles on the nights of the waxing moon. During March every year when the eggs are hatched, the baby sea turtles will be released into the sea in a tradition called the Sea Turtle Releasing Festival.

If you have not had your fill of waterfalls yet, head to Ton Phrai, a massive cascade originating at Khao Ton Yan Sai. With a canopy of shady trees to keep revellers cool, it’s another great spot for a spot of picnicking and swimming.

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