For nearly 1,000 years Tak protected the southern provinces of Thailand from Burmese incursions. Bordering Myanmar along the entirety of its western border, Tak has been the gateway and the guardian of Thailand.
Today, Tak is peaceful, with a bridge connecting Myanmar and Thailand built in recent years to facilitate trade between the two nations. The area is still largely rural, and numerous hill tribes like the Karen still reside in the mountains and dense forests living traditionally simple lifestyles.
Largely rural, hiking and trekking are popular excursions here for travelers touring Thailand. Many national parks cover the mountains and forests in the area, and Lang San National Park’s numerous waterfalls are a memorable stop.
Best Time to Visit Tak:
Tak’s best weather falls between November and January. March through May seasonal rains come to the area, and the highest temperatures mark the months from June to October.
How to get to Tak:
Tak is the capital city of Tak Province in Northern Thailand bordering Myanmar. The province and town are best reached by private vehicle, and is worth a stop when heading north from Bangkok to Chiang Mai or Chiang Rai.
A town with rich history means there’s plenty to see and do for cultural enthusiasts, but the verdant forests and wonderful national parks are surely the biggest draw to the province on luxury tours of Thailand.
Appropriate Attire :
Western style clothing is fine for most activities, but treks into the jungle or to visit any of the hill tribes living in the area mean good shoes are a must.