I always love a good view, and when my wife showed me a picture of a cliff ledge with a drop straight down with a stunning karst landscape in the background, I knew I just had to go. I’m talking about Khao Ngon Nak (เขาหงอนนาค), meaning “dragon crest mountain” in Thai. The viewpoint at the top is 565 meters above sea level, offering one hell of a good view.
The trail is just 3.7 km long but goes through very steep jungle terrain. The climb takes around 2 – 2½ hours, depending on how many breaks you take. Use good shoes, and don’t forget to bring a lot of water because you will sweat!
The starting point.
A map at the starting point shows that the Hang Nak Hill Nature Trail has a stream, two viewpoints and a waterfall before the peak of Khao Ngon Nak.
Welcome to the jungle!
While walking, we saw an extremely slender, green snake, several small lizards and we could hear amazing sounds from gibbons.
Names carved in tree bark.
The hike is steep at places. Be careful and take breaks.
After about one and a half hours climb, the edge of the jungle opened up and gave us a view out of the ordinary. From here you can see the group of the Hong Islands. You can even see Koh Yao Noi and Koh Yao Yai further away.
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We’re getting there.
Just a quick break.
Finally! What an absolutely lovely sign!
My brother-in-law near the edge of the peak. He’s not smiling because he feels comfortable.
This shot is the reason I wanted to come here; the cliff ledge and the stunning karst landscape. My wife’s cousin, Aiod, was brave enough to let me take this picture.
Khao Ngon Nak/Hang Nak is part of the Tubkaek National Park. The entrance is located close Tubkaek Beach in Nong Thale, 30 minutes north of Ao Nang.