There are few ultra-runners in Thailand, especially here in Krabi. Around “Thara Park” on the river there might be 30 guys running around a few times per week. Every now and then you’ll see kids running the streets with an adult following them on motorbike. They’re not following them to protect them, or give them water, they’re following to make sure they run the whole time. Not kidding. They take Muay Thai and track training seriously. Poor kids…
Anyway, there are a couple of places to run where you can be somewhat safe from dogs. I’ll list some places below.
1. Thara Park. This is a flat, vertical-free park next to the river and close to Krabi Marina where some small yachts are moored. One big loop around the park on a paved trail is 1.25 kilometers. It has sun during a portion of the running loop and it doesn’t cool off until after 5:30pm. Then it gets dark quickly – around 6:30. You can run until 7pm safely. I wouldn’t go too much after that time. It is possible to run on the grass beside the paved path, and that’s what I do for a good portion of my runs there. I abhor the hard surfaces. Too hard on my knees. There are a couple dogs roaming around here. I’ve only been growled at a couple times in six years, not chased.
2. Ngorn Nak Mountain Trail. This is located out past Ao Nang Beaches, past Noppharat Thara Beach. Into Tub Kaek. Look up “The Tub Kaek” hotel or the Sofitel hotel on the Klong Muang Beach. You’re getting close. This is a 7.4 kilometer round trip up a 500 meter high mountain. It’s a technical trail. If you’re walking fast, it won’t be that difficult. If you intend to run fast – you’ll better be watching every step or you’ll torque an ankle in no time. The canopy is dense, you get little sun as you run, so that’s a positive.
3. Ao Nang Beach Road. This is a couple kilometer road along the beach, along “Big Beach” with a sidewalk. You will occasionally encounter dogs, but most are cool with foreigners because there are always a couple thousand walking around. Some of this run can be in the shade of trees and not that hot.
That’s about it. There are other places I run, but I’ve been chased by dogs and had to fend them off. Not fun!
Keep in mind that daily temperatures in Krabi are 30C+, and many days 35C+. Bring water, lots of water. I always run with a bottle in my hand to make sure I’m drinking enough and regularly.
If you’re looking for someone to run with, zap me email and see if I’m due for a run. I am not fast on the flat, but quick on the climbs and downhills.
There may be another mountain trail climb of some distance (15 km) not too far from Krabi Town. I have to suss it out. I’ll add it here when I do.