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2024 Krabi Things to Do – Climb Dragon’s Crest (Hiking)

This challenging hiking trail is at Ngorn Nak Mountain. This is a strenuous hike but can be completed by most people. A friend of ours, Alfred, is 73 and he hikes this mountain path pretty often. Sure, he’s exceptionally fit, but if you want to make it – you’ll make it. There are a couple of steep parts, but overall it’s a gradual climb up a well-worn dirt path up the mountain.

This easily ranks as one of Krabi’s top 10 things to do for active people. Not sure if we have it on the list or not, but we’ll get it there.

What is Dragon’s Crest Like?

It’s a 3.7 km walk up to the summit (one-way, and 3.7 km back down) of Ngorn Nak / Hang Nak Mountain in Krabi’s Tub Kaak area (Nong Talay) district close to Noppharat Thara Beach, and Ao Nang Beach.

I’ve summited the mountain here over 200 times, it is one of my favorite trail running activities in Krabi and one that I do a few times per week. This is a trail leading to the summit – bottom to the top, and it gains 450-500 meters of elevation (1,640 feet) approximately during the course of your climb.

HERE is our FREE Guide for Trekking on this Mountain (PDF)

HERE is a complete guide online you can follow without getting the PDF.

There are many animals to be seen, mostly lizardsCalotes emma, and gliding lizards are plentiful. Occasionally you will see a snake, but I’ve only seen one venomous snake in all my climbs, so I think it is little to worry about. Still, watch where you step on the trail, the Malayan Pit Viper (Calloselasma rhodostoma) is common in rainforests across Thailand.

How Long Does It Take to Climb?

The climb will take an average fit person about 90 minutes to reach the top. I mean really quite fit. The average unfit person it might take 150-180 minutes just to reach the top.

Coming down from top to bottom will take a similar amount of time, so don’t think you’ll fly down in an hour. Budget your time because the rainforest begins getting dark around 5 pm. Earlier if there is rain and clouds.

The forest is pitch black quickly, and even if there is a full moon, you won’t see much light. You’ll be camping there overnight if you’re not down in time, or have a good flashlight (torch).

The highlight of the mountain climb is the climb itself. It’s the nature. It is hearing and maybe seeing the howling gibbons in the trees. The squirrels. The cicada noises.

What Is the View from Dragon’s Crest Like?

The top of the mountain features 3 viewpoints before you reach the top. All are interesting and can make for great photos.

The summit has amazing views of Ao Nang beaches, Noppharat Thara Beach, and Krabi town if it’s clear… Koh Phi Phi Islands if it’s clear. If you find yourself at the top during a storm, you won’t feel very safe – for good reason. Get back under the tree canopy if there is lightning, or you’re a sitting duck!

If it rains, it doesn’t get so muddy that you shouldn’t go. I frequently go during downpours. You get wet, but it isn’t all that slippery. A couple of sections can be a bit treacherous, but again, reasonably fit and flexible people should be able to make it to the top.

I wouldn’t suggest kids under 12 attempt this climb, but I have seen a child as young as 7 complete it. You know your kids. Plan accordingly.

Temperature is nearly always 90 degrees F or hotter, and the humidity in Krabi is almost always high. Bring 2 liters of water per person. I know, sounds like a lot. Wait until you see how much you’ll drink!

There is a 200 Thai Baht charge for foreign adults to climb this trail and 100 THB for children. It is a national park, with a sign in sheet. There is a small convenience shop at the bottom that sells drinks. Bring your own Gatorade from 7-11.

It is possible to camp at the top or near the waterfall if you are a real die-hard. There are no facilities, bring your own tent, etc.

Oh, the waterfall is not really a waterfall. It’s water falling off the side of a very small hill. It’s a non-event. I go to look for snakes there sometimes but rarely see anything. It’s hardly worth the extra 500-meter walk to go see it (roundtrip).

Hope this helps. Cheers!

View our Free Guide for this Mountain Hike – HERE!

Every year there is a race up the mountain – but the date the race is on, changes constantly. This Thailand mountain climbing race is open to Thais and foreigners alike. It is usually in March and will have pre-registration at 0800 and race at 0900. It is a mass chaotic start.

Location: Tub Kaak. From Ao Nang go past Noppharat Thara Beach to Tub Kaak. It is difficult to find on a map. Your best bet is a tour.
Hiking Distance: 3.7 kilometers (about 2.4 miles)
Vertical Gain: 500 meters (about 1,500 feet)
Time to complete round-trip bottom-top-bottom: – about 2 hours if you walk very fast. Three to four hours on average.
Cautions: Stay on the path, if you are lost it may be hours before someone knows or can find you.
Essentials: Bring 2 liters of water for each person. Bring snacks to eat at the top.

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14 thoughts on “2024 Krabi Things to Do – Climb Dragon’s Crest (Hiking)”

  1. This hike sounds great and I would like to do it on my upcoming trip to Krabi early next year. Can you please provide an updated location on Google maps, regarding where I can find the trail head? Any other maps or trail guide you may have handy would be much appreciated, too.


  2. His Luke.

    My girlfriend and I are looking at doing the hike. Did you manage to get the location?

  3. Hello, we did this trek yesterday and it was amazing, the view from the top is a great reward after this quite steep hike.
    I wonder what animal or insect does that so shrill sound ?
    Thanks for your help !

  4. The sound is from the Cicadas – they rub their wings together. When a couple of them are going at the same time, it can be DEAFENING!

  5. Thanks for the details. I would like to try this trail. Can you tell me how to get to the entrance?

  6. There is a free guide on our website – look at the front page left column for it. Cheers!

  7. It would be great yo get gps data or location of the trail head on a map. Thank you.

  8. thank you so much for sharing this! I wonder if it would be worth climbing during the night time, so we could see the sunrise from there?

  9. Sometimes the sunrise is nice… other times, you’d be disappointed. Up to you I guess. Bring something like a hammock to get off the ground – there are centipedes, ants, termites, spiders, and other stuff crawling around up there.

  10. Thank you for this wonderful information. We did this hike earlier today with our kids and it was a real highlight. We are very experienced hikers and were amazed at the number of people heading off in the middle of the day, carrying little water, no hats and wearing flip flops.

    It is an arduous climb to the top but the views are fabulous. There are so many advantages to setting off early – it’s much cooler, far less people and more spectacular views while the sun is lower (better shadows on mountains etc.).

    About 200m before the bottom we ventured 30m off the track to the right and sat in some cool ponds – awesome.

    Thank you again – your advice and enthusiasm really added to our stay!

    Cheers, Dave from Sydney

  11. So glad to hear from you and that you had a great time! One of my favorite things to do in Krabi for sure!

  12. Hi, this sounds like an a great place to explore!
    We plan to arrive in September, and even though it’s mentioned that it’s ok to hike when it’s wet, I was wondering, how safe it is in that season? Is it worth the trip? or can it be disappointing?

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