My name is Luke and welcome to my blog on Dragon Crest Mountain! I’m originally from Hong Kong and Canada, but am now based in Bangkok. My love for photography originated from my architectural training and the desire to capture buildings and spaces. That further evolved into an interest in capturing images to reflect people, culture of places and travel.
The thing I love most about Krabi is that it encompasses such a large and beautiful area. There are mountains in the mainland and islands along its seas. There are definitely bucket-list worthy places in Krabi but you need to plan your trip to work out which parts of Krabi to visit. For example, Dragon Crest Mountain is located in the northern part, near Tubkaak Beach.
My Experience Hiking Dragon Crest Mountain
I have been thinking about hiking Dragon Crest Mountain for some time now, and I finally got the chance to do it this past November. There is an entrance gate at the beginning of the trail. The trail is not a loop, it’s the same up and down track but there are some small detours to see such as a small waterfall. Along with our guide, it took us two and a half hours to go up to the peak, and roughly the same amount of time to go down.
You can see the surrounding mountains, ocean and valleys at the top of Dragon Crest Mountain. Honestly, words will not do justice to the views here. Have a look at some of the photographs to see for yourself! I haven’t experienced the sunset views but I can definitely recommend the sunrise views. To see some images you can visit my Instagram or scroll down below.
The biggest challenge of this hike was the fact that we started early, well before daylight. So you will need to be prepared to light your own way when hiking up before sunrise. I imagine it would be very slippery if there is any rain about, therefore you will need to check the weather before going. I believe you will be advised not to hike Dragon Crest if the trail is wet.
Good to Know Before you Go
Dragon Crest Mountain is a eco-friendly place, in the sense that there is not that much human intervention other than a few signs and steps along the steep parts of the trail. It’s a pretty minimal trail so hikers can also maintain that during their hike. Always leave no trace when hiking there.
You can drive and travel to Dragon Crest Mountain yourself, but for comfort and convenience the Tubkaak Boutique Resort is a wonderful place to stay. It’s located just a few minutes walk from the entrance of the hiking trail. The hotel provided a guide for us who was familiar with the trail and advised us to get up very early in the morning, so this was very helpful for the hike itself. Otherwise, just enjoy the trail and the spectacular views!