The Khao Ra hike is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Thailand. Located in the island of Koh Phangan, Khao Ra is the highest point on a mountain in the island. It is an exciting adventure that requires you to trek uphill for 1 to 3 hours. Khao Ra is approximately 627m above sea level. Although the height is not too high, the journey to the top of the mountain is quite extraordinary. There is very few information available on the exact route to take for the hike to Khao Ra. Mostly because of the fact that Koh Phangan is somewhat remote and is still in its early stages of developing into a tourist hiking site. The best way to approach the hike is to first find the Phaeng Waterfall. Here you will find guides for hire and they will direct you to the top of the mountain.
It is best to be prepared for the trek; Thailand can be very humid and you will need to hydrate yourself during the excursion. As a rough estimate, you should carry along with you around four 1 liter bottles of water, some snacks like chocolates, biscuits and sandwiches. Be warned, the actual trek up the mountain doesn’t take as long as finding the path to climb the mountain. You will pass the Koh Phangan hospital and the Khao Ra Bungalows you can use either a vehicle or bikes for this path till you reach the dam.
After you cross the dam it is a jungle path, you will come across a small vegetable farm. Thereafter you need to follow the wooden signs that say Khao Ra to the top of the mountain. The path may be a difficult one to follow if you are not too familiar with trekking in tropical jungles. Nevertheless, with a trusted guide by your side, you should arrive at the point of interest safe and sound. The view from Khao Ra is simply indescribable, the open turquoise waters, green trees, shadows of the other island mountains. It is completely worth the effort. If you want to find accommodation on the island there are a number of Koh Phangan resorts which will meet your expectations. Search for Koh Phangan hotels to find a range of lodging options. Rasananda Koh Phangan Villa Resort & Spa offers luxurious rooms inclusive of fabulous spa services and a fantastic view of the Thai ocean.
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