Although you may just want to spend your time in Phuket relaxing on the beach, if you do want to get your heart racing, you’ll be happy to hear that there are plenty of epic hikes to enjoy in and around the area. The south west of Thailand is blessed with some awesome landscapes, including hilly trails, powerful waterfalls, stunning rainforest and gorgeous beaches. Whether you want to spend your days hiking in the heat or simply want to journey to a secret beach, Phuket has some great hikes to enjoy.
The hike to the Kathu Waterfall is perfect for those who want an overall insight into the region’s scenery. You’ll start with a hike though the lush green forest before reaching the beautiful waterfall and continuing on to the peak where you are able to witness a wonderful view from the top. Of course, the greenery and waterfall are best seen in rainy season, so pack a raincoat and some slip-proof shoes and head out for an adventure.
Khao Sok National Park
This isn’t a National Park for nothing! Khao Sok is one of the best places for hiking in the country, with jungle trails, cascading waterfalls, karst limestone peaks, stunning lakes and a wealth of wildlife, this is a must for nature lovers. Choose to spend a day exploring the park, hiking through bamboo groves and dipping in natural pools, or opt for a longer stay with a spot of nature camping under the stars. You can event stay on a floating raft house on the Cheow Lan Lake for an unforgettable experience!
Still relatively unknown, the hike to Radar Hill is a great choice for those who want an amazing panoramic view of Patong. Being the highest point in Phuket, the hike is fairly strenuous, especially in the Thai heat so it is not for the faint-hearted. The hike meanders from the east up through local villages until you reach the weather station at the top. If you get lost, ask for ‘grom utu’ and someone should be able to point you in the right direction.
Banana Rock Beach
This is more of a walk than a hike, but is still worth adding to the list so that you nature lovers have something to look forward to! Banana Rock Beach can be found at the bottom of a steep, downhill trail between Bang Tao and Nai Thon beaches. There is only a small wooden sign that leads to the beach so you’ll need to keep your eyes peeled – but this does help keep the beach a secret! If you don’t fancy the walk, hire a longtail boat and ask to go to ‘Hat Hin Kluay’.
Bang Pae Waterfall
This waterfall is reached by a fairly easy hike so is a popular choice among tourists. Head to the Khao Phra Thaeo National Park (200 Baht entrance) and follow signs for the waterfall where you will be greeted by a gorgeous white flow of water and a small refreshing pool in which to take a dip!
Samet Nangshe Viewpoint
This one is a little outside of Phuket but the drive (approx. 30 minutes) for the views is worth the effort! The Samet Nangshe Viewpoint in Phang Nga offers a spectacular vista out over the limestone islets of Phang Nga Bay. The view comprises of lush verdant mangroves leading in to the deep blue bay which is peppered with island peaks. The hike is short but fairly strenuous and it is recommended you go before sunrise (or the night before) for the best views.
These are just a handful of amazing hikes in and around Phuket but with a little research or tips from locals you’ll be able to find so many more – enjoy!!!