PATTANI PROVINCE: Local authorities here have decided to repeat their successful eco-hikes to the top of Sankalakiri Mountain, the highest peak in southern Thailand. Over the course of two days and one night, hikers will be guided through the forest and to the top of the mountain. From the summit, 1,300 metres above sea level, they can look down into three provinces – Pattani, Yala and Narathiwat. Those who make it receive a certificate. Khun Yuthapong Nikom, Secretary to the Administrative Council (Or Bor Tor) of Tambon Saikhao, at the foot of the mountain, said that the treks had been popular last year, attracting about 500 Thai and foreign tourists. He added that hikers have the chance to learn a great deal about the forest as they walk through it, with their guide teaching them about various local animals and trees, and even giving a few lessons on survival in the jungle. Fees are 500 baht for one person, 400 baht each for two and 300 baht each for three or more. For more information, contact Or Bor Tor Saikhao on (073) 358554 between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm.
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