The Tab Kak Hang Nak Nature Trail in Krabi is most famous for the picturesque hanging rock with breathtaking views over the unique landscape. A challenging, but rewarding hike will leave you speechless as you take in the incredible scenery. The hike definitely isn’t for everyone, but for those looking to take on the challenge, here is everything you need to know!
How to get to the Tab Kak Hang Nak Nature Trail in Krabi
The hike to the famous hanging rock picture you always see online is called the Tab Kak Hang Nak Nature Trail and it’s located in Krabi. Head to the Khao Ngon Nak National Park Office and you’ll see the start of the trail. We’ve pinned the entrance of the hike below on the map. Follow the road until you reach a little booth with a large dirt area on the left for motorcycle parking.
From the popular tourist area of Ao Nang, it will take you roughly 30 minutes to drive. The best way to get there is to rent a motorbike and drive yourself. You can rent one almost anywhere for 250-300 Baht ($13 – $15 AUD) per day. Parking and entrance to the hike is free, however there is a small box for donations.
Best time to visit
The best time to start the hike to the hanging rock in Krabi is as early as possible. The trail is open from about 8am till 4pm. If you get there earlier than 8am, you can talk to one of the officials to get a head start. We’d recommend starting right when it opens as there will be less people and most importantly, it will be a lot cooler! The midday heat and humidity make the hike so much harder and unpleasant. Before you begin the hike, you’ll need to sign in to a book with your name, phone number and how many people you are with.
How long is the Tab Kak Hang Nak Nature Trail Hike in Krabi?
The Tab Kak Hang Nak Nature Trail hike can take anywhere between 5 – 6 hours return, depending on your fitness level. The hike to the peak is 4.7km, making it a 9km return hike. It took us 2.5 hours to reach the peak and roughly 2 hours to reach the bottom.
What to bring
- Plenty of drinking water
- Wear comfortable shoes
- Snacks to keep your energy levels high
What to expect
Before starting the hike, make sure to stop at a 7-eleven or convenience store for plenty of water and some snacks. If you forget water, don’t worry, there is a small refreshment stand at the entrance where you can buy some. Before starting, you’ll have to sign in for the hike. This is also the last place where you’ll find any facilities like a toilet or shop.
The hike starts off fairly flat and easy for about 400m until you reach a small creek. From here things start to get a little harder. The track becomes very steep and is covered with exposed tree roots. The loose dirt and rocks can also be slippery so make sure to watch your step. You’ll eventually reach a large set of stairs which are very steep.
The first viewpoint is at 2.5km and shortly after that, you’ll reach a crossroad. At the crossroad, take the left to reach the peak. Going right will take you to a waterfall, but we’ve heard that it’s not worth it. Throughout the hike, you’ll come across really steep sections where there are ropes and railing to help you up. Once you’re near the top, the path flattens out again for awhile which is a nice change after all the climbing. At the peak, there are a few lookouts which are all incredible. Keep following the track as it loops around so you won’t miss any lookout points!
The Famous Hanging Rock Photo in Krabi
Along the loop at the very top you’ll come across the hanging rock where many people seek out the famous photo. The rock sticks out from the cliff with a sheer drop below. The photo is just as dangerous as it seems which is why they’ve recently blocked off access to the rock for safety reasons.
Don’t worry as there are still plenty of beautiful spots to take photos. Just beside the hanging rock, there is a large open area which is perfect to snap a few shots. The views from the peak are absolutely breathtaking! You’ll be able to see the various limestone mountains out in the distance and even the ocean. If you’ve made your way up in the morning, you’ll most likely have this place all to yourself. This spot has some of the most amazing views you can get in Krabi, so definitely don’t miss out!
Where to stay in Krabi
Centara Grand Beach Resort – Luxury: This beautiful resort is located on its own beach with beachfront dining options and even 2 outdoors swimming pools. The rooms have their own private balconies with either ocean or garden views and have a modern Thai style decor. Centara Grand Beach Resort is the ultimate luxury holiday getaway to unwind and enjoy the beach.
Avani Ao Nang Cliff Krabi Resort – Midrange: Avani Cliff Krabi Resort is a stunning place to stay set amongst a lush tropical backdrop. The best feature of the resort is the infinity pool that looks out over the beautiful Krabi landscape. The rooms are also large, modern and are kept very clean. The rooms also come with an outdoor bathtub for you to relax and enjoy an incredible sunset. This place is great value for money and we definitely recommend checking it out!
The Moon Night Ao Nang Hotel – Budget: The Moon Night Ao Nang Hotel is located a little further back from the main strip but it’s great value for money. The rooms are super clean and modern with TV’s, good air-con as well as a large bathroom with hot water. There are cheap restaurants close by and it’s also walking distance from the Muslim Street night market which sells delicious food and drinks. It’ll take you roughly 20 minutes to walk down to Ao Nang Beach.
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