Photos of Nam Kading National Protected Area Trails

The first two km of this hike are startlingly easy -- we made the mistake of feeling a bit smug after hearing numerous bloggers talk about how difficult the trail was. Sure enough, we hit km 3 and it was hardcore and slippery rock scrambling, almost to the point of jungle bashing at certain parts. There are two waterfalls on this path, the first of which isn't much to behold during dry season. This trail as marked here doesn't include the path to the second (much larger) waterfall. We avoided it because the trail was very overgrown and poorly marked, and had also heard of another backpacker who tried to find it on his own and ended up getting lost for 11 days after a rainstorm hit and washed the trail out further. Thankfully he was found and is fine, but it was enough to convince us that, if we wanted to get to the second one, we would definitely hire a guide as recommended and avoid going during rainy season! If the riverbed beyond the first waterfall is dry enough to scramble across it as we did, expect some skree and slippery bits. Also -- wear bug spray and legit hiking clothing so you don't end up becoming mosquito food.