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Best Hiking Trails in Thailand

Overview

Known for its beaches and other water-based fun, Thailand is a southeast Asian country with mountains strewn throughout that can be explored, particularly in the north of the country. The main hiking areas are plentiful and include Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai provinces, Doi Inthanon National Park (containing country’s highest peak), Phu Kradeung National Park, Nan province, Phrae province, and so much more. The best months to hike in Thailand are November to April. Read on for more information on where and when to go hiking in Thailand. 

Capital: Bagkok

When To Hike in Thailand?

November – April: Driest months, although hot in March and April.  Some places November – March are the best months.  Important to note that in some areas, such as in Chiang Mai, burning season takes place between February – April.
Varies
May – October: Rainy season

Climate: Tropical (wet and dry seasons) for much of the country.  Affected by monsoons and typhoons.

 

Thailand Monthly Weather

Accessibility of Hiking

Medium: There are well-marked hiking trails such that you could hike independently but many guides and hiking clubs operating to assist with guided hiking. 

Transportation required: Public transit to many areas; car required for others

Where to stay in Thailand for hiking:

  • Mae Sa Valley
  • Chiang Mai (city)
  • Chiang Rai (city)
  • Mae Hong Son
  • Pai

Most popular hikes in Thailand

The main areas for hiking are in Northern Thailand, particularly in Chiang Rai and Chiang Mai provinces. There are SO many national parks in this country, just a handful have been listed here. Hill-tribe trekking is popular. Highest Mountain: Doi Inthanon (2565 m) in the Inthanon range.

Filter out hiking places of Thailand by month

Click on the red map pointers to see more info.

Koh Pha-Ngan

  • Jan – Mar
  • Gulf of Thailand island; low mountains
  • Khao Ra (625 m)
  • Ban Madeua Wan (498 m)
  • Khao Ta Luang (476 m)
  • Khao Kin Non (440 m)

Koh Samui

  • Jan – Mar
  • Gulf of Thailand island – low mountains
  • Khao Pom (630 m)
  • Khao Phlu (565 m)
  • Khao Khwang (410 m)

Tai Rom Yen National Park

  • Jan – Mar

Bang Lang National Park

  • Jan – Mar

Khlong Phanom National Park

  • Dec – Mar

Kaeng Krachan National Park

  • Nov – Apr

Khao Laem National Park

  • Nov – Apr

Thong Pha Phum National Park

  • Nov – Apr
  • Mountains along Myanmar border; ranger-led hikes but not sure how many are here

Sai Yok National Park

  • Nov – Apr 
  • Mountains reach over 1000m, well marked trails

Mae Wong National Park

  • Nov – Apr
  • Hike Mount Mokoju 

Khao You National Park

  • Nov – Apr
  • Closest wilderness to Bangkok

Phrae

  • Nov – Mar
  • Province that has some mountainous regions
  • Mae Yom National Park

Nan

  • Nov – Mar
  • Mountainous province in the north
  • Doi Phu Kha National Park – www.dnp.go.th

Nam Nao National Park

  • Nov – Mar

Phu Kradeung National Park

  • Nov – Mar
  • Pha Daeng peak- summit hikes here

Sukhothai

  • Nov – Mar
  • Province that has some mountainous areas in the northern and southern parts
  • Si Satchanalai National Park
  • Ramkhamhaeng National Park

Mae Hong Son

  • Nov – Mar
  • Mountainous province, remote
  • Town of Mae Hong Son and Pai are good bases for hiking
  • Mae Hong Son

Khun Chae National Park

  • Nov – Mar

Doi Pha Tang

  • Nov – Mar
  • Mountain peak

Doi Mae Salong

  • Nov – Mar
  • Mountain peak

Doi Luang National Park

  • Nov – Mar

Doi Chiang Dao

Mae Sa Valley

  • Nov – Apr

Doi Pha Hompok National Park

  • Nov – Apr

Doi Suthep National Park

  • Nov – Apr
  • Doi Pui is a sacred mountain

Doi Ang Khang

  • Nov – Apr
  • Popular mountain area
  • Pong Nam Dang National Park

Doi Inthanon National Park

  • Nov – Apr
  • Home of highest peak 
  • Multiple trails here

Long Distance Trails of Thailand

  • Many hikes are multi-day treks, such as:
  • Phu Kradeung

Thailand's Walking & Hiking Resources

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Thailand Hiking Books: 

  • Lonely Planet Thailand, by Lonely Planet, 2021, Lonely Planet Publications – https://amzn.to/3U55vQ9
  • Lonely Planet Thailand’s Islands & Beaches, by Lonely Planet, 2018, Lonely Planet Publications – https://amzn.to/3VK6qGX
  • Trek it Yourself in Northern Thailand: Twenty-five Solo Jungle Treks on Foot & by Motorcycle, by Christian Goodden, 2000, Jungle Books – dated but useful info – https://amzn.to/3xsCLYT
  • The Rough Guide to Thailand (Travel Guide eBook), by Rough Guides, 2023, APA Publications – https://amzn.to/49vvGnE

 

Thailand Hiking Associations/Clubs:

 

Best Hiking Trails in Thailand:

You can find more details on hiking these trails from trail maps/apps, websites, and tourist offices:

  • Mount Mokoju – Mae Wong National Park
  • Pha Daeng Peak – Phu Kradeung National Park
  • Doi Pha Tang
  • Doi Mae Salong
  • Doi Chiang Dao
  • Hang Nak Mountain Nature Trail
  • Doi Pui – Doi Suthep National Park
  • Doi Ang Kang – Chiang Mai
  • Khao Chang Phueak – Pha Phum National Park
  • Doi Inthanon
  • Khao Pom – Koh Samui island

Easy Hiking Trails in Thailand:

  • Kew Mae Pan – Chiang Mai
  • Phu Thap Boek
  • Phu Chi Fa – Chiang Rai
  • Tiger Cave Temple – Krabi

 

Thailand Hiking Websites:

 

Thailand Weather Website: 

 

Thailand Official Tourism Organizations:

 

Thailand Hiking Apps: 

 

Thailand Hiking Maps:

What Else To Do

  • Beaches
  • Food
  • Massages
  • Temples

Other Important Points

  • Lot of useful apps when travelling around Thailand