Bangkok is a city that has a huge amount to offer the traveler. With its multitude of bars, restaurants, and nightlife, there is something for anyone that wants to spend time here. However, away from the bustling metropolis, is another side to the country that those seeking adventure want to explore. However, there are no hotels or other amenities on offer, just the surrounding wilderness and amazing, once in a lifetime experiences.
Trekking Through the Jungle
One of the most popular treks around the outskirts of Bangkok is the trip through the Umphang district. There are organized tours that will take you and up to nine others through the jungle on this action-packed trip. The tours typically take about five days and will lead you to local villages and close to the Myanmar border. These treks are physical, so it is best to ensure that you are fit enough to complete the journey.
What Can You Expect
For this specific trek, you will need to take a bus overnight to Mar Sot; there you can begin your journey. From here, there are other trails that you can explore, though a guided tour is the recommended option. To get to Umphang, you need to take a taxi truck through the jungle, it takes about four hours, and the ride is somewhat bumpy. From this point onwards, the accommodation will be basic huts or shared accommodation, so you will need to ensure that you have the correct clothing and equipment with you. You will be carrying your own backpack for the whole trek, so remember to pack as light as possible and forgo the luxury items.
Into the Jungle
The taxi truck will deposit you at Umphang, where you will stay the night. As part of the organized tour, there is a safety briefing, partly for the trekking, and partly because as part of the trip, you will be river rafting along the Mae Klong River. After a few hours of trekking, you will arrive at the wildlife sanctuary where you can relax and spend the night. It is a good idea for this trip to take a good camera, there will be some amazing sights, and you will need a good lens to get the details. They will certainly be perfect for the photo collage when you get back home.
Waterfalls and Local Villages
After the wildlife sanctuary, you will come across the Thi Loi Su waterfall. It has the record for being the largest waterfall in Southeast Asia. If you have taken your swimming costume and a towel, you can take a dip and swim. You will then walk up to a local Karen ethnic hill tribe settlement.
That will be the last major part of your trek; you will spend the night in the settlement, then walk to Palatha where you will take the taxi truck back to Umphang. The whole experience takes five days, but it won’t seem that long. There are so many amazing things to see and do along the way, that it is a trip you won’t soon forget.