Hard work but worth it
Published/Last edited or updated: 17th June, 2021
Located a short ride from the main park headquarters in the park’s southern reaches, Khao Daeng (“Red Mountain”) is the best place in Khao Sam Roi Yot to get a solid hike with breathtaking views as your reward.
The trail begins just off the main road and climbs steeply up to the 157-metre-high lookout, where you can sit back and enjoy northern vistas over the mountains and shrimp farms down below, and eastern views out to the Gulf. Come very early for what’s sure to be a memorable sunrise (no, we didn’t get up to vouch for it). It’s quite a hard climb but well worth it.
While the view is spectacular, this is also an ideal spot from where to witness the damage the shrimp farms have done to the entire area, which, by rights, should all be protected grounds.
Take plenty of water, do not go alone, and pass on climbing if it has rained recently. The trail is not very clearly marked and there were no national park officials on site during our visit.
The hike takes around 45 minutes for those in average shape. Be sure that you reach the true summit—look out for a wooden sign there —as a few decoys dot the trail.
The trailhead begins from the end of a sandy turnoff off from the main road, 400 metres north of park headquarters. The trail is signposted and runs off to the left near the small parking area.
Stuart McDonald co-founded Travelfish.org with Samantha Brown in 2004. He has lived in Thailand, Cambodia and Indonesia, where he worked as an under-paid, under-skilled language teacher, an embassy staffer, a newspaper web-site developer, freelancing and various other stuff. His favourite read is The Art of Travel by Alain de Botton.
These tours are provided by Travelfish partner GetYourGuide.