My wife and I have a day set aside for hiking and exploring. Looking at the map I figured we were in luck from our starting location of Nang Thong Bay Resort, as it appears to be right smack at the edge of Khao Lak-Lam Ru National Park. But I am having a heck of a time trying to figure out where we can actually hike through.
From what I can tell, there is a pretty tame oceanside trail at the park HQ, 3 KM in length. The starting point would be a quick cab ride from our hotel, we are looking more for an all day kind of thing. Are there other trails going out from the park HQ? Going up into the hills?
There is also the rest of the giant park, but maps and info are pretty sparse or lacking detail. I don't really want to hire a guide and I also hadn't planned on renting a car. Waterfalls would be good, and I am sure I could ask a cab driver to take us to one, but I don't just want to get dropped of someplace with a pool and a restaurant, looking to hike.
I've found these websites: http://www.khaolak.net/np/khaolak-lamru.html
But the maps and info are pretty minimal.
Alternately I know we could go out to Khao Sok, but reading reviews it looks like you are required to hire a guide. Wouldn't be the end of the world, but ideally I'd rather just walk out my door (or take an easy cab ride) and hike for 5-8 KM, see some cool stuff and head back. Any advice?