A man opening his arms in front of a waterfall in Bangkok, Thailand

The Best Hiking Trails in Bangkok

Bangkok, the capital city of Thailand, is known for its vibrant street life, bustling markets, sleepless nightlife, and some of the most ornate temples and shrines in the world. Nothing about this city is tame, from the neverending club and bar scene to the bright colours and noisy intersections of the city’s core. It’s a city filled with life and over eight million people who call this beautiful chaos home.

For anyone visiting Bangkok, it’s only natural that at some point, you’ll want to escape from the hustle and bustle of the city and find a place where you can relax and unwind. The best way to see a city is on foot, so walking through Bangkok is a must for any tourist, backpacker, or long-term visitor.

Here are some of the best walks in Bangkok, from ancient inner-city strolls to secluded day hikes that will bring you closer to nature:

Travel to: Bangkok

Hiking in Bangkok: the best routes

1. Khao Yai National Park

If you’re looking to experience the natural wonders that exist around Bangkok, it’s definitely worthwhile to make the trip out to Khao Yai National Park. This is Thailand’s first official national park and has even been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This stunning jungle is home to an abundance of wildlife, including elephants, deer, porcupine, otters, and on the rare occasion, tigers. The jungle itself is beautiful, boasting a number of waterfalls, plant life, and hiking trails. Whether you’re an experienced hiker looking for a three-day trek, or a beginner hoping to visit for just the day, there are endless options for walks here, all unique and beautiful in their own ways.

  • Distance from Bangkok: 125 kilometres (77 miles, roughly 2.5 to 3 hours drive)
  • Time needed: Day trip or multi-day options (camping and lodging available)
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Escape to the jungles of Khao Yai National Park | © Guillaume Capron/Flickr

2. Lumphini Park

As the largest city park in Bangkok, Lumphini Park is the perfect place to tie up the running shoes and take a stroll. The park is an oasis of open spaces, trees, birds, playgrounds, and walking trails, right within the capital city. Visitors can even rent boats to explore man-made lakes without ever leaving the city’s core. From joggers to walkers and bikers, this park is the perfect place to unwind and escape the sometimes-overwhelming streets of Bangkok. Most people agree, and visiting in the morning before the heat becomes uncomfortable is the perfect time to visit. Set your alarm clock and enjoy a walk through this famous city park.

  • Distance from Bangkok: Located right downtown
  • Time needed: A morning or afternoon
A large park in the middle of Bangkok, Thailand
Lumphini Park is a lush escape in the middle of the city! | © Sven Scheuermeier/Unsplash

3. Khao Sam Lan National Park

Just an hour or so from Bangkok, Saraburi is one of the lesser visited provinces in Thailand. That being said, it’s home to the Khao Sam Lan National Park, a picturesque park home to quiet mountains, dreamy waterfalls, and hiking trails that are just waiting to be explored. The tallest peak in the park sits at 330 meters (1082 feet) high, making the hike ideal for those chasing mountain-top views and the chance to see some of the park’s wildlife. Home to a healthy monkey population, many visitors walk quietly with a camera in hand, waiting for the moment they catch a group of monkeys playing in the treetops. There are also seven waterfalls, some of which you’re able to swim in, making for the perfect way to cool down and relax after walking through the park.

  • Distance from Bangkok: 112 kilometres (70 miles, a roughly 1.5 hour drive)
  • Time needed: Day trip or multi-day options (camping and lodging available)
A man opening his arms in front of a waterfall in Bangkok, Thailand
Connecting with nature in Bangkok is easier than you may think | © Ali Yahya/Unsplash

4. Wat Ratchanatdaram

Wat Ratchanatdaram is a Buddhist temple located in the Phra Nakhon district of Bangkok. Built in 1846, this extremely underrated temple isn’t as popular as some of the city’s other sites, meaning while everyone else is visiting the Grand Palace, you can often get this temple somewhat to yourself. The unique and intricately designed temple is breathtaking, making for both a beautiful and relaxing place to spend an afternoon walking around. Many visitors find an afternoon in Wat Ratchanatdaram the perfect place for walking meditation thanks to its abundance of open spaces, clean hallways, and free-flowing energy. If you’re looking for a place that’s nearby but still makes for a peaceful afternoon, this is it.

  • Distance from Bangkok: Located right downtown
  • Time needed: Two to three hours
A Buddhist temple in Bankok, Thailand
Find peace in this temple in the city | © Arisa Chattasa/Unsplash

5. Kaeng Krachan National Park

As the largest park in Thailand, Kaeng Krachan National Park is home to some of the most wonderful wildlife and hiking the country has to offer. This evergreen forest is beyond whimsical, offering visitors a dreamlike oasis that can’t be replicated anywhere else. The forest is home to elephants, leopards, tons of bird species, gibbons and reptiles, so you won’t be alone as you walk through the trails. From day trips to multi-day hikes, the park has tons to offer, meaning you can shape your experience based on interest, skill level, and time restraints. Whether you want to walk solo or with a guided tour, the park offers different tour options that make sure your trip goes smoothly.

  • Distance from Bangkok: 180km (111 miles, a roughly 2.5 hour drive)
  • Time needed: Day trip or multi-day options (camping and lodging available)
A lemur leaping from a tree in Kaeng Krachan National Park, Thailand
Keep an eye out for furry locals in Kaeng Krachan National Park! | © tontantravel/Flickr

6. Krok E-Dok Waterfall

If you’re a waterfall chaser, Krok E-Doke Waterfall is the perfect day trip for you. Located a few hours outside Bangkok in Saraburi, this waterfall holds the title as being both the largest and highest waterfall in central Thailand. Standing at 700 meters (2296 feet) high, this waterfall will leave you speechless. Made up of several different waterfalls all flowing to one river, it’s a beautiful day trip and even more beautiful photo opportunity. If you’re in Bangkok and want a walk that’s beautiful, relaxing, and boasts the most beautiful waterfall in the area, this is the perfect day trip for you. The path can be tricky to find, so hiring a local guide is always recommended.

  • Distance from Bangkok: 130 kilometres (80 miles, roughly a 2-hour drive)
  • Time needed: Five to six hours

7. Khlong Lad Mayom Floating Market

Bangkok is known for its charmingly unique floating markets and there are multiple you can visit throughout the city. The Khlong Lad Mayom market is extremely authentic and therefore favoured by the locals. The prices are incredibly affordable, the people and friendly, and the Thai food is to die for. If you’re looking for a place to enjoy a peaceful walk, this market could be it, as long as you arrive early in the morning. Walking around the market is peaceful and gives you a view into what the locals experience when they go out to buy groceries. If you’re looking for more places to visit, hop on a long tail boat for a 20-minute ride to a nearby village and explore their adorable homes and gardens as well.

  • Distance from Bangkok: 15 minutes from the city centre
  • Time needed: Full day or morning, depending on interest

Whether you want to spend your time in Bangkok strolling through markets or hiking through the wilderness, there’s a route perfect for you! These walks are the perfect way to explore this city in a new and personal way.

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Jesse is a blogger and content creator who loves travel, the outdoors, and her dog, Molly. With a never-ending bucket list of places to go, she's is always up for an adventure and loves trying new things. When Jess isn't planning her next trip, she can be found watching Netflix documentaries, enjoying time by the water, or eating soft serve ice cream. Follow her on Instagram, Facebook, or check out her blog.

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