Go Trekking in Thailand

Go Beyond Asia does trekking tours in Thailand off the beaten track. Thailand is an adventure trekker’s paradise, and the greatest issue you will face, is what and where to choose? Chiang Mai in the high North lures with its accessible wild jungle trekking; Khao Sok in the South with its ancient rainforest. In the West, at the border to Burma you can trek to Thailand’s largest Waterfall, Tee Lor Su, in the UNESCO certified Umphang Wildlife Sanctuary; and in the East you will countless national parks incl. Khao Yai, where a former poacher is ready to take you into the wild. So where, and when should you go trekking in Thailand? Read on to find answers to your questions.

Thailand has more than it’s fair share of national parks, wild jungle areas and ancient rain forests. To be exact 127 national parks are waiting, and a great number of these are rarely explored, neither by locals nor by foreign travellers.

Is trekking in Thailand for you?

Trekking is a magical experience that allows you to go places, not otherwise accessible. It gives you access to remote villages, rolling hills, dense jungles and far-flung local life.

Trekking comes in a variety of forms: From a few hours to multiple days. Sometimes a trek is merely a hike, while others can be hard and strenuous. We recommend you to honestly access your own fitness level, capabilities, and wishes for a trekking trip.

Likewise, contemplate your need for comfort. Most overnight trekking trips will be based on basic accommodation; often homestays, tents or hammock. If this is not for you, then day treks might be better.
If you have a normal fitness level and are not afraid of basic conditions, we truly recommend you to go on at least 3 days of trekking. This will allow you to get deeper into the trekking experience, into nature, and into the life of the locals.

Thailand trekking and sustainability

When you go trekking in Thailand, your will inevitably be confronted by the ethics of your role, and your impact on nature and culture. Likewise, we as a tour operator are conscious about the role our travellers and we play. We have taken an active stand to sustainability, and amongst other things, we do not support elephant riding and tiger temples, and we do not support visits to the longneck villages in Thailand.

Read more about how we care for the world that we explore, what we do, and do not recommend, and how we consciously seek to minimize impact.

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When should you go trekking in Thailand?

You can go trekking in Thailand year round, though some trekking areas have may be better at certain times of the year, than others. This will be mentioned under each area.

In general, Thailand has 3 seasons:

  • The “winter” or “cold” season runs from November to February and is often perceived the best time to travel in Thailand. At this time of year, it is dry and temperatures are at their lowest, around 30 degrees at daytime. This is also the time of year, where most people will travel, and expect to share your experience with others.
  • The “summer” or “hot” seasons runs from March to May where the temperature can rise to 40 degrees during daytime. Expect the humidity to be fairly high. Many Thai’s travel for long weekends during thie period, but expect in general fewer travellers.
  • The “wet” or “rainy” season runs from June to October, and can bring heavy and regular rainfall. This is however also when the nature is at its greenest, and rivers and waterfalls are at their largest.

In general, remember that it can be quite cold during nighttime (below 10 degrees).

The best places for trekking in Thailand

  • UMPHANG is part of an UNESCO-certified and protected Wildlife Sanctuary, located at the Western national border between Burma (Myanmar) and Thailand. The dense wall of mountains, jungle and rainforest cuts Umphang off from the rest of Thailand, and thereby gives you perfect conditions for unspoilt trekking and explorations. Umphang is also home to Thailand’s largest waterfall, Tee Lor Su. Just after the rainy season when it is at its largest, the waterfall can be up to 200 meters high and 400 meters wide – or the same as 4 football fields. The true benefit of Umphang is its remoteness, whereby the area has avoided major tourism development. This will give you a unique chance to stay in villages far away from the beaten path, and experience local life as it is really lived in the jungle. Go Beyond Asia has operated Umphang trekking trips since 1991, and are still one of the only operators in the area. Read more about the Umphang Jungle or find your Umphang Jungle Trekking trip.
  • CHIANG MAI & NORTHERN THAILAND - Chiang Mai is the capital of Northern Thailand, and just beyond the city walls you will be spoilt with serene mountain views, dense jungle, and colorful hill tribes. Due to the easy access, it is also a popular traveller hub, and especially the Mae Taeng Valley (only an hour drive North of Chiang Mai) is heavily visited. This said, there are areas away from the main tourist trail, but you need to actively seek them out. We can recommend the Chiang Mai Jungle Trekking & Urban Biking, where you go trekking in an area, which is not normally used by any trekking companies. You can find both one-day and multiple day treks, but we recommend you to take three days. Doing so will secure you the real local jungle experience, but may also contain elements like elephant experience, bamboo rafting, homestay and jungle survival trick (read about Go Beyond Asia’s view on sustainability). If you are ready to go beyond Chiang Mai, there is also great trekking area in mountainous Chiang Rai to the North, and towards Mae Hong Son to the West, on the border to Burma.
  • KHAO YAI NATIONAL PARKis a mere 3-4 hours drive Northeast of Bangkok, and thereby relatively accessible from the big city. Most travellers take day tours into the park to watch the wild animals, the amazing waterfalls and beautiful scenery, but it is possible to stay overnight in the park on the ranger stations. Staying in the park gives a more unique experience and it is likely that you will have the area to yourself, or with just a few others. Khao Yai National Park in general is a true nature experience, and it is the wildlife and jungle encounter that is in focus rather than local life. Quite uniquely, you can even stay in the jungle in hammocks, following tracks done by former poachers. This is not for the fainthearted, but for truly adventurous spirits! Read more about the Ranger Tour in Khao Yai National park.
  • KANCHANABURI is 2-3 hours drive to the West of Bangkok, and has surprisingly good trekking for the time-constrained traveller. The jungle is not as dense as further in the North, but the scenery is still spectacular and the smiles friendly. How about a River Kwai Adventure where you get a trekking experience in just 3 days from Bangkok?
  • KHAO SOK NATIONAL PARL & SOUTHERN THAILAND - Khao Sok National Park in Southern Thailand is the country’s oldest rainforest, and as such provide a different experience than the mountainous jungle north. Not least Khao Sok is home to the Khao Sok River, and the manmade dam Cheow Lan Lake. Trekking in Khao Sok National Park is mostly done as day tours, and you will inevitably see other travellers in the area. However, it is possible to stay at small unique lodges hidden in the rainforest, so you can wake up to the sound of the Gibbons calling. Trekking in Khao Sok National Park can be done year round, and different seasons have different benefits. In the rainy season the waterfalls and rivers are high and lively, and in the dry season, you can explore dark caves and hidden trails.

What to bring when trekking in Thailand

Once you are ready to go, a new number of questions pop up. What should I bring for a trekking tour in Thailand? Do I need trekking boots? What about medicine?

We have a general list of “ know before you go”, when travelling in Thailand. This should get you started. But we know questions may be plentiful, and you are always welcome to contact us with your question.

Thailand Trekking Tours

Umphang Jungle Trekking - 6 Days - From Bangkok

Central ThailandFrom THB 11,600.00

Umphang Jungle trekking & Happy Elephant Care –...

Thailand OverlandFrom THB 15,690.00

Umphang Jungle Trekking - 6 Days - From Chiang Mai

Central ThailandFrom THB 11,600.00

Ranger Tour - Wild Jungle Adventure - 5 Days

Central ThailandFrom THB 17,900.00

River Kwai Adventure - 3 Days

Central ThailandFrom THB 6,600.00

Questions?

You can read more about travelling in Thailand and what to expect here, Know Before you Go - Thailand.

If you still have questions, or would like to know more about trekking in Umphang, please contact us on the form below. We will be happy to empty our backpack of knowledge into yours.

We wish you a great trip to this remote and beautiful national park.

Safe onwards travels.

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