hiking shoes needed for my Thailand trip?
Replies: 12 - Last Post: Nov 10, 2012 4:34 PM Last Post By: Ria
Oct 26, 2012 1:02 AM
Oct 26, 2012 1:37 AM
Oct 26, 2012 2:11 AM
2You could, but you'd be open to scorpions, centipedes and snakes.
Why don't you buy some in Thailand?
Someone might know if you can buy 2nd hand in C M.
Oct 26, 2012 2:37 AM
3Light hiking shoes are better, you can easily get stung or scratched by things on the ground. Leeches in wet season i certain areas. There are plenty of 2nd hand shoe shops in Chiang Mai, I've got some from the back of Kad Rim Kham.
Oct 26, 2012 2:51 AM
4Just bring ordinary sneakers. You can hike in those in almost all situations (unless you're planning on scaling Everest, which is not in Thailand). Sneakers are also suitable footwear for almost any other activity: running, working out, riding scooters etc.
Other than sneakers, all you need is a pair of flip flops for walking about in town.
Leave the Tevas at home or, better still, confess your crime to the Fashion Police and then ceremoniously burn them.
Oct 26, 2012 3:01 AM
Oct 26, 2012 4:49 AM
Oct 26, 2012 4:57 AM
7I don't think its possible to hike with Teva sandals,better pack light hiking shoes.
The rule of thumb I was taught was you don't need hiking boots till you are carrying 30+ pounds on your back for multiple day hikes. Of course, I've worn Chacos for multi day backpacking treks with bags that heavy. On any trek you'd do in Thailand, you won't be carrying huge packs. A normal pair of gym shoes is fine if you want other options than just sandals, or you could go with a pair of multi purpose trail shoes. Northface makes a great pair for around 120 bucks.
It's all up to you. I've seen Nepali porters carrying backpacks and cooking gear up Langtang with flip flops.
Oct 26, 2012 6:13 AM
8I find I'm often the only one with hiking boots....and as they are vortex, the only one with dry comfortable feet at the end to an afternoon's stroll in the jungle.
But I have a car and don't worry about the amount of space they take up. get as light as you can and waterproof.
if you've experienced a bamboo spike in your foot you would avoid open sandals, however hi-tec they are.
I don't mind pulling leeches off my legs but if you do and you are planning some walks in thick undergrowth you might want to get some kind of leg protectors. Not sure how seasonal leeches are.
Oct 26, 2012 6:37 AM
9I think I'll take Thaibeachlovers advice and buy some in Thailand if I need them. My hiking shoes are kind of sneaker style hiking shoes (not boots), but they just take up too much space in my bag...I'm packing very light just 1 small knapsack and laptop bag. The sandals I'll be wearing on the plane are the only shoes I'm taking. They are actually Chaco's not Teva's (I just call everything kinda like that Teva's)...but I love Chaco's and Teva's, it's all I wear for shoes period almost 12 mos of the year in San Diego CA where I live. Thanks all for the advice!
Oct 26, 2012 12:38 PM
Oct 26, 2012 9:39 PM
Nov 10, 2012 4:34 PM
12I don't think its possible to hike with Teva sandals,better pack light hiking shoes.
I disagree with that to a point. I have never wore hiking shoes - I overheat terribly in enclosed shoes so I hike in Teva sandals and that's what I plan to wear in Thailand. I am not however planning to go on long hikes though deep jungle. I'll mainly be in urban setting and the hikes to places of natural beauty that can be done easily in a day.
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