Jungle treks

See why they call it Elephant Island

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What we say: 4 stars

A cross-island trail connects Khlong Plu and Than Mayom waterfalls, taking you up and over the island's rugged centre and past the highland source of Than Mayom. It's possible to hike this trail independently -- just be sure to register with the park rangers at either end before you embark. The trail is a full-day excursion, so it's wise to set out early.

Most choose to explore the jungle with an experienced guide who can point out the abundant wildlife. Various group trekking options are available on different days of the week, including light family-friendly jaunts in the Khlong Son valley, a special birdwatching hike, and more arduous treks to the summits of Mount Jom or Mount Salak Phet, which is the island's highest peak at 744 metres. Overnight treks with camping are also available.

All of these generally start around 08:00 and include pick up at your hotel along with lunch, with prices ranging from 600 to 1,400 baht for single-day treks. Some of the trips include a short elephant trek and/or swimming at one of the waterfalls. Private treks are also available, and these aren't a bad idea if you can afford it, as the group treks can include over 20 people in high season. A handful of guides specialise in their own trips, but we've heard good things about the relatively difficult mountain expeditions led by Mr Raht.

Last updated: 3rd March, 2014

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Usually found exploring Bangkok's side streets or south Thailand's islands, David Luekens is an American freelance writer & photographer who finds everyday life in Asia to be extraordinary. You can follow his travails here.

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