Thailand has thousands of fascinating hiking trails, man of which take hikers up tall peaks or through dense jungles to gorgeous viewpoints. But there’s this one hiking trail in particular that has people waiting for months for a chance to get to the top since it’s only open during national holidays and local tourism fairs. Khao Lom Muak is one hike that’s definitely worth it just for the sake of a glance at the view from the top. The hill is located in the quiet town of Prachuap Khiri Khan 200 km south of Bangkok. Khao Lom Muak boasts one of the best views in all of Thailand by the Prachuap Khiri Khan’s coastline and its bays. The 300 metre tall hill is open to the public only during Thai New Year from April 13th to the 15th.
The hike starts with a 496-step stairway, then hikers can start a trail that gets steeper and steeper the higher you get. In the final part of the two-hour hike, you will have to scale a cliff of sharp limestone only to be greeted by one of Thailand’s most stunning views. Visitors can get into the area from 6 AM to 10:30 AM and everyone is required to register and have their blood pressure checked before hiking – that’s beside the prerequisites of drinking water and proving that you’re wearing the proper footwear and gloves. So if you’re planning to take on the trail, it’s recommended that you arrive as early as possible to be able to get to the top before the sun is too strong. Unfortunately, you don’t have the luxury of chilling at the top. By noon, everyone is asked to head back down.
If you're a nature enthusiast and love an adrenaline-rushing challenge, then hiking Khao Lom Muak will be the perfect adventure for you.
Source: Lonely Planet.