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Top 5 Places to Hike in Bangkok – View the Cityscape from Up High

Bangkok has become one of the most popular cities to visit in South East Asia. When people think of Bangkok, they might not immediately think of great hiking opportunities but it's got those in spades. Here're the top 5 places to hike in Bangkok.

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Khao Yai National Park

You can start off with one of the best national parks Thailand has to offer – the Khao Yai National Park. If you're staying at a hotel in Asoke such as the Avani Atrium Bangkok, the park is only around 3 hours away. The region has been recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and it was in fact Thailand's very first national park! There are plenty of hiking trails to be found within the park, including some that will take several days to fully traverse. Along these trails, you'll find a number of camping spots where you can spend the night at. Camping out here can be quite the special treat as you'll be surrounded by the sounds of the jungle as you slowly drift away into sleep. Keep in mind that all tourists will have to get permission from the park authorities in order to use any of these trails – don't worry though, it's a relatively simple process.

2

Nam Pha Pa Yai

This is a fantastic hiking destination that's found around 2 hours away from Bangkok. It's actually found adjacent to the historical city of Ayutthaya. The region draws in thrill-seekers of all kinds, from mountain bikers to rock climbers. As far as hiking is concerned, there's a number of great trails to follow. Some of these lead to elevated plateaus that will net you amazing views of the surrounding wilderness.

3

Khao Sam Lan

Khao Sam Lan is a national park that's found in the province of Saraburi – one of the least visited and populated regions in Thailand. The landscape here is dominated by towering mountains, rolling valleys, and large stretches of forests in between – simply put, it's a hiker's paradise. The highest peak here is around 330 metres and the view from up there is absolutely mesmerizing. On the way up, keep your eyes peeled for the elusive denizens of the forests. Large troops of monkeys and flocks of endemic birds are common here.

4

Kaeng Krachan National Park

This is the largest national park you'll find in Thailand and it's the origin point of two major rivers – the Pran Buri and Phetchaburi. The size and resources of the park make it an ideal refuge for a spectacular array of wildlife which includes elephants and even leopards! The park is also great for birdwatching, often being listed as one of the best locations in Asia to do so. Be sure to get a guide when traversing through here however, the park is large and it's easy to lose your way if you aren't careful.

5

Krok E-Dok Waterfall

Krok E-Dok Waterfall is the highest waterfall you'll find in Thailand. It is in fact made up of seven waterfalls that are up to 700 meters high! The path up to the falls makes for great hiking, but bring a guide along with you to be safe. It is definitely one of the harder hikes you'll find in the region, but perhaps the most rewarding as well.