Solo Hike in Khao Ngon Nak Krabi, Thailand (Dragon Crest)

A 3.7 km excursion to Khao Ngon Nak is the first place that I hiked solo in a foreign land. I know some people think 3.7 km is not a long way to explore, and I thought the same, but being alone in a strange land is for me a different journey. I’m used to trekking in a dry humid season in the Philippines but with guests or with friends, haven’t tried doing it alone. Although I haven’t tried climbing the highest mountain in my country, I bet my experience in trekking every month is a great preparation to do this activity overseas.

Solo hike to this unfamiliar country is definitely one of the highlights in my 3-week solo travel in Thailand.

The Tuktuk I hired in Khao Ngon Nak Thailand
The Tuktuk I hired in Khao Ngon Nak Thailand
Andaman Sea view in Khao Ngon Nak Krabi Thailand
Andaman Sea view in Khao Ngon Nak Krabi Thailand

Khao Ngon Nak or known as Dragon Crest is a 30-minute drive from the main town in Krabi. I hired a tuk-tuk at a reasonable price (1,200 Baht round trip with no time limit) fortunately the driver was also a local guide who is so welcoming, willing to be asked about Krabi province, its local living that captivates the soul (I am forever curious about local living).

 


Krabi town’s laid-back scenery reminds me of Dumaguete city. Its vibrant color plus the orderly ambiance sets the same style.

 

Along the way to the crest, I was delighted by the seascape in Tubaek beach which is visible from the road, the limestone karsts and its landscape, the green palms that surrounded the area makes the whole town energetic with the sun shining through its color.

Tubaek Krabi Town Thailand on the way to Khao Ngon Nak
Tubaek Krabi Town Thailand on the way to Khao Ngon Nak
The View Of Khao Ngon Nak Krabi Thailand
The View Of Khao Ngon Nak Krabi Thailand

It’s no question that Thailand is a well-developed country for tourism, its road which constructed up to par and is beyond my expectation. Though a third world country, yet, it’s avenue and highways are well built up compared to other southeast Asian third world country. Furthermore, my admiration for Thailand exceeded.


The time I arrived at the base of the trail, I was the only one who was about to do the trek. After signing the logbook, I was informed by the keeper who speaks little English but can easily be understood, he said that there were 2 other groups who came in first an hour ahead of me. After which he gave me an information about the 3.7 km trail, and he suggested to take a photo of the map for reference.

 

He mentioned that it will be a waste of my time if I will visit the falls as there is nothing to see as it’s a drought. Probably because It was the end of April 2016, a dry season where almost no water in most of the spring in the country. So I figured, I will try to see if I can hear the sound of the water from afar then I will walk in that path.

 

The keeper gave an edifying advice, especially that I’m all by myself, checked if I brought massive amounts of water and food, even questioned me if I’m used to wearing flip-flop (yes, I hike and trek with my reliable flip-flop) for its dry over there.

Orientation with the Keeper in Khao Ngon Nak Krabi Thailand
Orientation with the Keeper in Khao Ngon Nak Krabi Thailand

So, after the orientation, I move my butt out to pass through the trail.


The natural sound of the birds and the uninterrupted noise of the crickets were the ones who greeted me as I started my course. I’m a bit surprised on the first 100 meters, there’s a detailed embellishment which is posted in every zone, engraved in Thai and English large enough to be easily recognized by the hikers. I like how it’s being presented. This is a good way for people to know the name of the trees, the name of the zone, what’s the purpose, what’s their use and what’s on the area. Everyone can notice the post and I suggest one should take a moment to read them.  

 

What struck me most on this trails is the red-orange color tree uniquely stands among others 500 meters before arriving the peak.

 

It took a while to arrive at the peak since there are heaps of stuff to capture, to notice, to witness the irresistible movement of the creatures that were mysteriously hazy to me, yet, my braveness stood still regardless of its unpredictable motion (I obviously have no choice LOL).

 

The parched mountain stream never ceased my thoughts to move forward for this great adventure. I was in fact amazed by nature, it’s still colorful in my eyes.

First Information to see in detailed embellishment posted every zone in Khao Ngon Nak Krabi Thailand
First Information to see in detailed embellishment posted every zone in Khao Ngon Nak Krabi Thailand
Number 6 station on the way up to Khao Ngon Nak Thailand
Number 6 station on the way up to Khao Ngon Nak Thailand

The dryness of the slope is difficult to maneuver, but, with my tried-and-true sandal, I was able to push myself up the steep hill. One will have a hard time pushing themselves up if they have a fainted heart as the dry and sandy path can lead to going up and down in the area taking all the body’s strength.  

 

When I reached the waterfalls station, I decided not to attempt, I agree with the keeper’s advice since I didn’t hear the echo of the water.


As I move forward, I stumbled upon 1 group who surprisingly happened to be Filipinos and who also from the same island in the Philippines – Negros Island. They worked in Ao Nang and went up to the peak for the first time in their 2 years being in Krabi.

Wearing flip flops going to Khao Ngon Nak resulting to extremely dirty feet
Wearing flip flops going to Khao Ngon Nak resulting to extremely dirty feet

Thereafter, I got stunned by the amazing limestone karsts visibly situated along Andaman sea, I thought it was the tip of the hill, but I was 500 meters away from it. So I excitingly step furthermore, which, I erratically underestimated the path, there were massive stones trapped in a freaking steep hill, my yoga stunts were of huge help to brawl the dry area on a scorching 39 degree Celsius mid-afternoon.

 

This is for me, the hardest almost 500 meters of this trail. After all, the panoramic view of the tip of the hill welcomes with an abundant flow of Krabi town. I have been fed by nature’s presence again and again. An indescribable feeling had me when I reached the peak, I had the best moment at that time. Luckily, though, there was no one around, so, I felt the queen about me being treated fairly.

 

I manage to capture in every way I can of the view, joyfully playing in every area. As far as I could remember, I seated there for almost an hour when another group came, there was an English couple who were stunned by the view as well. We then took our turns to take photos.

Landscape Khao Ngon Nak Krabi Thailand
Landscape Khao Ngon Nak Krabi Thailand
Sunrays shining through the vibrant green color in Krabi Thailand
Sunrays shining through the vibrant green color in Krabi Thailand

On the other hand, what keeps me going are the sandwiches, 2 liters of water and 1 coca cola (Coke is the one that helps me with my sugar, it’s always been my confidant when I trek) that I brought with me.

 

This solo hike to this amazing view of 565 meters above sea level was one of the best adventures I had on my 3-week Thailand visit. I mean, not all women on earth would be brave enough to do this right? Perhaps, maybe I knew no one in my circle of friends who can do the same.

Brought Bottled water and some sandwiches in Khao Ngon Nak Krabi Thailand
Brought Bottled water and some sandwiches in Khao Ngon Nak Krabi Thailand

I realized, being alone will never make you lonely. Embracing every venture in life, taking little steps all by myself, had me pass through every difficulty encompassed with patience, strength, and determination.

 

Here’s a video to visually show you the whole experience and give you the view.

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Solo Hike in Khao Ngon Nak Krabi Thailand

Author: Ferna Mae

Ferna is a spontaneous traveler from the Philippines who had a great experience traveling her own country first before she embarked to other countries. She thrives to be more independent in her own skin. Connect with her at everywherewithferna@gmail.com

59 thoughts on “Solo Hike in Khao Ngon Nak Krabi, Thailand (Dragon Crest)

  1. Sounds like an amazing hike! Kuddos for doing it solo and in flipflops at the same time. I have never hiked solo but I can see advantages like, not worrying about your pace as you only have to keep up with yourself.

  2. This is a really good hike, probably if there was more water, i.e. water falls cascading, it would have been even more charming. But nonetheless , looks like you really enjoyed the whole experience. I find a lot of solace in hiking, akin to meditation 🙂

  3. Amazing! I want to go here now and climb! Hehe. It seems like you had a lot of fun and that last photo :O :O scarrrrry hehe you’re so brave!

  4. The Krabi province is so beautiful, i was there back in February. I was instantly blown away! Love your site!

  5. It sounds very adventurous! I’ve been wanting to do the same thing but never got the chance. Thanks for this. Maybe I should try hiking the next time I go to Thailand. You go girl! Love it! Xx

    1. yes, they have countless of temples in Thailand and I like those temples they have actually, but, as a nature lover, this kind of experience top it all 🙂

  6. I love the mountains of Thailand! The karst outcrops that shoot straight out of the Krabi Bay are quite spectacular. I lived in Thailand for two years and going to Krabi was always a treat. The old town was our particular favorite.

  7. Oh, Thailand, Thailand! When will I be able to visit you, Thailand?! lol! Thailand is one of the places near the PH that we can visit. I think it’s a nice place, we know a few people there so we’ll have someone to help us while there. Well, I don’t really have to worry about that for now, first things first: Passport! haha.

  8. Seems to be such an amazing hike. One of my dreams is to go hiking even just for once in my life i wanna experience how to be on top. And i envy people who could travel solo! You must be so brave enough to conquer it. I hope i can do that too!

  9. Being alone is never lonely. Oftentimes, it is in the silence and being all alone that we tend to realize our strength and passion. It is in those times that we tend to know the “me.”

    I am so proud of you for being able to conquer Thailand and do that hike all by yourself. I may not know you personally but I am cheering for your success.

    More mountains and countries next.

  10. WOW! A group of Filipinos… kalat talaga! Imagine going on a solo hike and to end up being with Filipinos in Thailand. LOL! Was that really you sitting on the … crest? Where you could fall and die? AMAZING! Hehehe. Di ko kaya iyan.

    1. Yes, I was the one who sat there. 🙂 it was a good moment for me to be there actually , lol. I love meeting Filipinos in other countries too.

  11. Thailand. Thailand. Thailand. It’s so full of mystery and amusement. Hiking is one of the items on my bucket list. The view will be so great when you’re on top of something. I just wish I could climb a mountain here in the Philippines before I get to hike in another country. 😃

    1. Oh wow. yes, there are so many hills to hike in our country. And I agree, Thailand is full of mysteries too. 🙂 Thank you for dropping by. All The Best!

  12. Woooow! I’m sooo inggit! hehe I’m also a hiker, and probably one of the dreams of a hiker is to be able to hike a mountain outside the country. So glad that you were able to achieve that dream and what a coincidence that there were also Filipino hikers when you climbed Dragon Crest. Surely added up to the wondrous experience. 🙂

  13. I wish I was more fit to do a proper hike! Sounds like such an amazing experience. I guess even once I have to try something like this. You are surely brave, glad to see you had so much fun, even solo!

  14. This must be a proud moment for you! Hiking solo and having seen that view is absolutely amazing. I’m not a hiker but I love seeing great views 🙂 Hindi pa lang ako ready mapagod ata haha. Congratulations for this 🙂

  15. Wooowwww… now I am thinking which mountain should I hike to after reading this. It really feels great to be with nature, but not solo please… I am having goosebumps to be alone in a jungle with all the sounds of insects, chirping birds and gushing wind among the trees,,, Good you met some kabayans during your hike,,

  16. Your article reminded me of the time I hiked alone in Italy. I was so proud of me at the end of 8km, you have no idea! At some point, when I was almost to the finish, the sun was setting so I just left my camera on the shore and jumped in the sea from some cliffs. It was amazing, just me, swimming, while the sun was setting and the water was orange cause of it.

    1. oh wow. I would really love to do that in Italy, 8km is an awesome trail to do 🙂 I bet you had the most of yourself that time.. Ah! the feeling is so good

  17. This is a lovely hike, I must say. Thailand is normally in the limelight for its fabulous beaches and islands, this is a new perspective. I will try to get to this place for the amazing views next time.

  18. Krabi is a dream destination for me. Loved the trails done by you, looks like the trails are laden with adventure. And sitting on the edge of the rock!!! How brave!

    1. The edge of the rock was actually was pushed me to come to the place regardless of being solo or not. hehehe.. I loved it! Hope you could come to Krabi soon.

  19. I just love DIY hiking for free & without a tour – it looks like you had a blast, met great people & enjoyed amazing views. Awesome stuff!

  20. That picture of you in the protruding rock is amazing. Wasn’t it scary? I admire you for taking the hike alone and in another country. I have never really thought about doing that but maybe it’s something I should consider when I go to abroad.

    1. It’s a bit scary, but manageable. I liked it a lot, it has a rope din naman to hold so people won’t fell naman. 🙂 It was one of the memorable things I’ve done in Thailand.

  21. Yes, I did hiked solo once. 🙂 Like you, it was a challenge for me even if it was categorized as an easy climb, considering that I’m not the sporty type. I can imagine that it must be scarier to do in another country. Congratulations for this achievement!

  22. Great post & photos on your solo hike! As a solo hiker enthusiast myself, it makes me happy to see others accomplishing such feat as well. Definitely will hike this one day. How did you take the photo of you sitting at the edge?

    1. Thank you Yusuf! I waited for about an hour for someone to come up to, there was a couple from England who took the photo of me and we made an exchange turns. 😀

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