Phuket’s landscape is blessed with glistening waterfalls, hills affording panoramic views of the azure blue sea and evergreen rain-forests. This lends the terrain to some cool hiking opportunities. There are short trails through lush green jungles, leading to secret waterfalls and hidden beaches. So if you are looking for quality time in the company of nature, check out these scenic hikes in Phuket for a thrilling experience.

1. Kathu Waterfall

A beautiful waterfall with a spectacular view from the top is the motivation you need to start this trip. You get an amazing jungle view as you climb your way to the peak point.

kathu waterfall

It is a wonderful experience hiking with lush greenery all around and the melodious sound of the waterfall for company. Though the hike is not the most difficult one out there, remember to grab a pair of non-skid grip shoes as it gets slippery during the rainy season.

Kathu sees plenty of adventurers throughout the year, so even if you forget to carry a bottle of water, there are tonnes of small shops selling drinking water along the way.

The best time to trek to the waterfall is rainy season as the water flow is strong, foamy white and presents a splendid view up close. Don’t forget to have your lunch at the Pai Lin restaurant after the hike.

2. Khao Sok National Park

Khao Sok is hands down one the of most sought-after places for hiking in Thailand. The wide expanse of rainforest, a shiny blue lake, limestone karsts popping out of the water and an abundance of wildlife make it a paradise for nature lovers.

Khao Sok national Park

Walking through the jungles, you can discover swimming holes, caves, cascading waterfalls, bamboo groves and orchards of oil palm trees. Keep a look out for monkeys swinging over the tree-tops and if your lucky, you can even spot Gibbons. And you might even stumble upon Rafflesia, the largest flower in the world.

While walking through the jungles, you will come across inviting natural pools, so make sure you pack a swimsuit. If you want to take it easy, you can just camp under the stars at night, which in itself is an exhilarating experience.

You could also stay in the floating raft houses on Cheow Lan Lake. In the morning, kayak through this magical lake and catch its famed limestone pillars.

There are tonnes of packages offered by tour guides and while you can explore Khao Sok on your own, its recommended you go along with a local.

Khao Sok is a day trip from Phuket and although you can see bits of it in a day, its best to spend a couple of days to explore all of its natural wonders. December to March is the best time to take a trip to Khao Sok.

3. The Big Buddha

The most revered place in Phuket, the Big Buddha can be seen from many areas. It is a mesmerizing marble-clad idol towering over the surroundings with a miniature golden version nearby completing the glossed look.

Big Buddha

You can hike to the Big Buddha from Karon beach, passing through vine plantations and crisscrossed paths used often by the locals. The trail gets narrower as you walk towards the top but gives you an immensely pleasing view of the beach.

The journey is peaceful with a mild cold sea breeze blowing, the silence only disturbed by the sound of soothing bell chimes.It is one of the busiest attractions in Phuket, especially during sunset, with the orange rays and the white marble giving the picturesque view you asked for. Try reaching before 6:30 in the evening to catch this bewitching spectacle.

Note: You might want to dress conservatively as it’s a religious site and locals find it offensive if you arrive in that beachwear you bought for the trip!

4. Bang Pae Waterfall

One of the few waterfalls in Phuket with a generous amount of milky white water flow throughout, Bang Pae naturally strikes as an ideal spot for hiking.

Bang Pae Waterfall

The trek is fairly easy, but extremely rewarding. You will have to pay INR 400/USD 6 as entry fee since the waterfall is part of a National Park.

Tip: Do not forget to visit Bang Pae Seafood, the island’s all time favorite that affords a splendid mangrove and sea view. While going back you can also check out the “Gibbon Rehabilitation Centre”, which was started to rescue gibbons.

5. Patong to Paradise Beach

Paradise Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches in Phuket. The greenish-blue waters, palm trees, its secluded nature and a laid back vibe make it a perfect spot for some relaxation.

Paradise Beach

You can either drive down to this beach or take a wonderful 4 km hike amidst tall palm trees, granite rocks and with scenic views of the beach along the route.

Start your trip from Patong, passing the Tri Trang Resort and follow the road to Emerald Bay. The twisted roads open out to the beach.

A dip in its cool waters is the perfect way to end your trek. Just remember to pack a lot of water.

Now that you know the best trails in Phuket, grab your backpack, take out your hiking shoes and explore the island’s raw natural beauty.