Pattaya is one of the best destinations for outdoor enthusiasts. Although more commonly associated with lazing by the pool at a resort, or tanning on one of its many great beaches, Pattaya is an outdoorsman’s best friend. Hiking is one of the many outdoor activities that is overlooked when booking a trip to Pattaya, but it is a must for anyone who enjoys being out in the open air and great scenery.
When planning any kind of hiking adventure it is important to be prepared and to plan ahead. The first thing to do when planning a hiking trip in Pattaya is to have a base. When preparing for a hike, travelers need research the area ahead of time, understand the trails, get maps of the hiking route and keep a copy in their pack. The second vital ingredient in a well prepared hiker is a well-stocked pack. A pack should contain water, non-perishable foods, a map, first-aid kit, a compass, a jacket, a flashlight, a knife or other tool, matches or lighter with a waterproof container, and a cell phone and/or GPS device. Thirdly, it is important for travelers to let the front desk of their hotel know when they plan to be back; this is a safety precaution so that if something happens the authorities will know to look for the traveler. Finally, it is important to have fun and enjoy the great outdoors of Pattaya.
Khao Yai National Park
Thailand has many national parks, and one of the best for hiking is Khao Yai National Park located in Pattaya. This beautiful National Park offers hikers three different types hiking trails and has a full map of the trails on the official website for the park. The three trails are the Trekking Trail, the Hiking Trail, and the Natural Trail. Each route is unique and offers a different perspective of the park for travelers.
The Trekking Trail is for the more experienced hiker, and involves between one to three days of hiking and camping. It is recommended that potential hikers wanting to take this route prepare all the necessary equipment and enlist a proper guide for the hiking and camping.
The Hiking Trail is the more touristy hiking trail and features six different trails which range between 2-8 kilometers and between 1-5 hours of walking. There are 6 main touristic hiking trails which are about 2-8 kilometers and 1-5 hours of walking. Travelers need to also keep in mind that in order to travel any of these routes they must obtain permission from a Park Officer. There are many scenic lookout points, bird watching opportunities, and guided tours. The range of difficulty in the trails means that there is something for everyone regardless of fitness level or hiking experience.
One of the most beautiful trails in the park, the Natural Trail leads travelers to the Kaeow Waterfall for a stunning nature experience. This trail, leading to Kong Kaeow Waterfall, can be completed in about a half hour of hiking and offers interpretive information for any travelers who wish to know more about the National Park and the waterfall. The trail also crosses a swinging bridge that runs along the riverbank, giving it a jungle-like feel.
Hiking is a great way for travelers to explore a Pattaya, and get away from the more touristy areas of the downtown. It is the best way to travel and experience nature and still be able to return to the comforts of civilization once finished with an excursion. When staying in Pattaya travelers should consider Holiday Inn Pattaya for their next visit to this wonderful resort town.