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12 Best Trekking Trails in Thailand With The Most Majestic Views

Thailand is a republic in south-east Asia. It is renowned for its sandy beaches, opulent royal palaces, ancient ruins and ornate temples depicting Buddha figures. Next to calm canal side villages and the famous temples of Wat Arun, Wat Pho and the Emerald Buddha Temple (Wat Phra Kaew) a cityscape grows in Bangkok, the capital. There are busy Pattaya and trendy Hua Hin beach resorts nearby. The rich and colourful Thailand has more to sell to visitors than the run-of-the-mill attractions. There’s an amazing area to visit, from the mist-covered, soaring mountains to lush rainforests. Having said that, trekking in Thailand is an amazing adventure with lots of paths to choose from and a chance to see the isolated hill communities that are scarcely reached by civilization. Read on to know about the best trekking trails in Thailand.

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12 Best Trekking Trails in Thailand

  • Trekking in Chiang Rai
  • Trekking Trails of the Chiang Mai
  • Trek in Mae Sariang
  • Trekking in Pai
  • Trekking in Phu Lang Ka
  • Chiang Dao Trek
  • Trekking in Soppong
  • Trekking in Mae Salong
  • Trekking in Kamphaeng Phet
  • Doi Inthanon Trek
  • Trek to Khao Luang peak
  • Trekking in Umphang (Thi Lor Su)

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1. Trekking in Chiang Rai

With a perfect mix of forest walks and uphill climbs, this makes it one of Thailand’s most ideal trekking adventures for both beginners and seasoned trekkers.

Treks to Doi Mae Salong and Doi Phatang also render Chiang Rai a hotspot for seasoned trekking enthusiasts. In addition, there are many other places for trekking in Thailand in the area that cover several hill tribe-inhabited settlements, suitable for mixing cultural discovery with adventure.

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2. Trekking Trails of the Chiang Mai

Famous with both the Thai people and visitors around the world, Chiang Mai Province’s trails for trekking in Thailand are a perfect choice to explore if you’re an inexperienced trekker. Thanks to excellent forest cover, valleys and a varied form of tribal villages with a variety of ethnic minorities, the Maetang and Chiangdao regions are most common. 

In these ranges lies the point of origin of many rivers including the Maetang and Pin. To the southwest lies the Doi Inthanon, the country’s tallest mountain. Hike up the trail in nature on your Chiang Mai tour package for a perfect time!

3. Trek in Mae Sariang

Also known as a hidden town within the northern region of Thailand, Mae Sariang is gaining prominence amongst trekkers who want to seek peace and solace. Also, along with a stay with them, one gets to explore local tribe culture, have local food and enjoy the time that most showbiz miss.

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Along the village walk, one passes stunning waterfalls, rice fields, wooded hills and tiny hamlets.

4. Trekking in Pai

Also recognized as backpackers delight in the northern area of Mae Hong Son Province, Pai’s proximity is filled with a river, gorges, hot spring, waterfalls such as Pombok and Mo Paeng, caves, canyons and much more that can not be conveyed in pure terms.

If it’s an enthusiastic trekker or anyone at the end of the day trying to curl up in the lap of beauty, Pai surroundings provide the best views for Trekking in Thailand and have it all.

5. Trekking in Phu Lang Ka

A 12 km long trail in Phu Lang Ka National Park leads to Phu Lang Ka Town, spanning large stretches of wooded plains and valleys, claiming to be one of Thailand’s most scenic trekking paths. To enter Phu Lang Ka Town, situated at 1716 meters above sea level, you will stroll through soothing vegetation brimming with countless cascades.

6. Chiang Dao Trek

Let yourself enter the town of Chiang Dao from Chiang Mai, which gives a distinct atmosphere of trekking in Thailand. When you climb up in the mountains, at some elevation, you encounter fresh tea plantations. If you step on, you enter the foliage of the forest, cooling rivers, crisscrossing paths and much more to find a little village in the midst of tall forests.

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7. Trekking in Soppong

Soppong is an ideal destination not just for trekking, but also for kayaking and cave discovery. The Soppong jungles, away from those dust-laden city spaces and into the deep of gorgeous woods, meadows, paddy fields, clear blue sky and even encounter local tribes who love to serve some beverages to tourists.

8. Trekking in Mae Salong

Mae Salong, the city formerly known for opium trading, is now famed for tea plantations in Northern Thailand, thus encouraging travellers to explore in-depth the natural beauty. Meet the hill-tribes in towns such as Akha, Hmong and Shan. Mae Salong is about 240 km from Chiang Mai, and the path can be conveniently covered by a taxi bus or bikes rented. 

9. Trekking in Kamphaeng Phet

A magnificent city with an ancient touch lets Kamphaeng Phet tip one down. But more to that, it contains nearby national parks, high mountains and dense forests, all of which allow one to get soaked in nature as part of the hike with fitness.

Among them, the Mae Wong National Park has one of Thailand’s highest peaks ideal for trekking in Thailand and provides flora and fauna forms, waterfalls, lakes, viewpoints, etc.

10. Doi Inthanon Trek

At a height of 2565 meters above sea level, and also referred to as Thailand’s highest mountain, a trek to Doi Inthanon passes through the sights of birds, waterfalls, mountains, forests and much more to satiate the soul-loving nature.

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Not only high treks but the Royal Agriculture Station, Pagoda, can also be viewed, visiting the Karen tribe and Doi Inthanon coffee plantations.

11. Trek to Khao Luang peak

It’s unlikely to be in Southern Thailand and not trekking the Khao Luang mountain. The top is 1385 meters above sea level and the beauty offered is unbeaten.

Hike to rugged trails and enter thick jungles, sleep in the meadows for a night and experience the sunrise the next morning. The elegance is simply incredible.

12. Trekking in Umphang (Thi Lor Su)

Thi Lor Su waterfall, a big highlight of Umphang wildlife sanctuary, is the highest known waterfall of its type in Thailand. For a walk through the woods can be approached with this cascading waterfall that roughs down from the cliff and makes spaces inside the green patches.

An easy 3-kilometre hike with a concrete patch is crossed and one can easily walk up to see the beauty closely. This is one of the best spots for trekking in Thailand.

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