Make sure you have all the top-of-the-range gear at the ready when you head off form your private villa to explore the stunning natural beauty of Koh Samui’s lush tropical hillside forest.
While Koh Samui is internationally-renowned for its blissful golden beaches fringed by swaying palm trees, the interior of the island also offers up plenty of treasures for visitors to discover.
Getting away from the coast for a day of exploration in the island’s velvety forest-covered mountains can provide a much-needed reprieve from the sun drenched sand and a hike to the scenic Namuang waterfalls, for example, can also provide a fresh insight into the exquisite natural beauty of Thailand.
Before packing your bag and heading for the hills, it’s important to ensure you have all the necessary equipment to get the full enjoyment from your hike, and the refreshing dip in the waterfall rock pool at the end of it.
Faster on Foot
As every hiker knows, it’s important to select the right footwear before embarking on a jungle journey – especially if you’re heading into the more unpredictable terrain of Koh Samui’s lush forest. The GORE-TEX hiking shoes from North Face are designed for light trail adventures, ensuring your feet remain light and comfortable – even in moist, humid conditions. The waterproof membrane of the shoe also means they remain breathable, despite the tropical conditions. Thanks to the specially-engineered heel and midsole design of the shoe, they will provide plenty of support whether you’re scrambling up the path to the top of Namuang or hopping across rocks at the bottom.
While a beautiful, hand-crafted over-the-shoulder bag may be the perfect choice for mornings spent sauntering round Samui’s authentic Thai markets, it’s not going to cut it for your jungle hike. Instead, pack all of your essentials in a brightly coloured day sack like the Osprey Kestrel 28L. Ideal for short hikes or longer trips, there’s plenty of room for your map, water and camera. The Airscape back system also ensures that the bag is highly breathable and well ventilated, allowing you space to cool off as you start to feel the burn climbing up some of the island’s steeper slopes.
A plentiful supply of fresh drinking water is probably one of the most important things you can pack for a hike – especially if you’re exploring somewhere with a climate as warm and tropical as Thailand’s. However, if you don’t fancy taking off your backpack to take swigs from your water bottle every five minutes, make the hydration process easier by investing in a water platypus. The Antidote Reservoir is easy to attach to the inside of your rucksack, and the water tube will simply clip onto your bag strap so you can simply lean over and take a sip as you walk.
Safe and Dry
If you’re heading for one of Koh Samui’s picturesque waterfalls, it’s vital to keep your valuables stashed away in a safe, waterproof pouch so that they’ll be fully protected in case you end up dropping your bag into one of the refreshing rock pools. The Exped Zip sealed phone case provides an excellent solution for this dilemma, and the flexible, flat design means that both touch screen and button-operated devices can still be used when they’re locked away. This device could also come in handy for watery excursions in the beautiful Ang Thong Marine National Park that frames Samui Island.
After a long, hot walk to the second, more remote of Samui’s two main waterfalls, it’s likely that you’ll want to cool off in the spray, or better yet, enjoy a quick dip in one of the refreshing rock pools at the foot of the cascade. Rather than carrying a thick, fluffy towel that takes up valuable backpack space, consider packing a lightweight soft fibre towel instead for when you want to dry off. These absorbent towels benefit from a nifty soft fibre construction which allows them to soak up nine times their own weight in water. Better yet, they dry off super quickly, so you don’t need to worry about putting a damp towel back into your back pack if you leave it to dry for five minutes in the sun.