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2019/11/17_Report_Ban Doi Pui to Buddha Footprint and back

With everyone catered for, no songthaews were needed for the journey to Ban Doi Pui from the Arboretum. Apart from one late arrival, 21 hikers, comprising 10 separate nationalities, assembled in the main village car park by 8:50am. A group photo in beautiful sunshine before setting off through the maze of small lanes leading to the village gardens and on into the peace and quiet of the lush forest. Our trail rose gently uphill on average, crossing occasional seeps and rivulets, but for the most part the path was dry and clear of vegetation under the shading forest canopy. The temperature was refreshingly cool, especially after the heat of Chiang Mai.

After several kilometers we reached a col with fine views of the steep slopes of Doi Pui … a suitable point to stop and allow the group to consolidate. Our route steered us left at the col junction and away from Doi Pui. Heading west and more noticeably uphill, there were signs of damage to the forest; several trees had been blown down in strong winds at some point during the year, one blocking our path. Safely around the obstacle, we came to a second junction again with super views, but this time of mountain ranges to the west. Turning right at this point led steeply uphill to a rocky outcrop, and the highest point of our hike. Here was stopped to snack, drink and chat, whilst taking in the spectacular views in front of us. Haze was much reduced than of late, although it was still difficult to make out the most distant skylines.

Decisions were within the party to take different routes back. One group of four electing to extend the hike by a number of kilometers, another deciding to turn round and head back directly the way we had come, and a third group, the majority, continuing along the ridge for about one kilometer before doubling back at a lower elevation. Just a hundred metres from the brunch stop, lay the Buddha’s footprint feature atop our ridge, beyond which stood a robust metal platform enabling one to stand above the ridge slopes with stunning views to the west and to the south.

The third group exited the ridge and contoured southwards along its western slopes through extremely dense grass and later, bracken. The path was barely discernible to walk along, but all made it through and back to the second junction of the hike.

All groups returned to Ban Doi Pui safely. Once there all dined at the ‘Original’ Kao Soi restaurant, with its views across the forest from its south-facing windows. All agreed that this was an ideal sociable Sunday outing. Doubtless the ChiangMaiHiking endeavour will revisit Ban Doi Pui many times again in the future.

Hike leadership and reporting by Peter D.

2019/11/17_Ban Doi Pui to Buddha footprint and back

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The hike this Sunday is an old favourite and relatively straightforward. We will meet at the Arboretum at 7:45am for an 8:00am start. We will then drive up to the Hmong village of Ban Doi Pui (nestling on the south-western flanks of Doi Pui), either by car pooling or possibly hiring a songtaew (red truck) or two if necessary. Once in Ban Doi Pui our hike will commence almost directly from the fine terraced garden there (pictured above).

This hike snakes along a shady forest trail that leads to commanding views west and north from the ridge rocks of Doi Pa Kha. Here we will spend some time enjoying packed brunch before returning to Baan Doi Pui via an alleged Buddha footprint. The hike should take around three hours.

Lunch will be in the village … either at the ‘Original’ Kao Soi eatery (alcohol-free), or a suitable alternative. Afterwards we return to the Arboretum.

Hike initiator: PAD

If you want to join, just turn up at the meeting place on the day and on time. No groups, please. Please make sure you have read the general advice on this website as well as this particular post. Lifts in cars are usually available but please offer your driver THB100 toward their fuel cost. A note to drivers; the section leading downhill to the village is significantly rutted so please exercise caution whilst driving along this final stretch of your journey.

Meeting Place

Meet at 7:45am in the car park of the Huay Kaeow Arboretum (also known as the exercise park).

Head straight out from the north-west corner of the moat 3.5 km towards Doi Suthep on the Huay Kaeow road.
The arboretum is on the left after the front entrance to Chiang Mai University and just before the entrance to the Zoo.
The car park of the arboretum is at the end of the park near the zoo.
See the maps below (click to enlarge them).

 

The location of arboretum from the moat of the old city

The location of arboretum from the moat of the old city

Advice

As per the normal advice (see tabs at top of page), except:

  • Please bring at least THB 300 per person, to include transport and lunch. If car-pooling, please offer your driver THB 100 for the round-trip, as a contribution for fuel etc. You might have to pay extra should we need to hire a songtaew without a full load of passengers.

You are reminded that you are responsible for your own safety and actions at all times.

2019/11/10_Report_Op Khan hike/swim

A total of seventeen people, some newbees and some returnees, turned up for this short hike/swim. We reached our swimming spot in a small gorge in about fifty minutes. Given the recent rain the water level was somewhat higher than when last inspected, but the current was not overly strong and safe for swimming and some eight hikers took to the water. After a swim cum snack break we walked back along the river bank to the park headquarters, to give a total hike/swim time of just over three hours. We then adjourned to the Phufinn restaurant where an excellent lunch was had by all and the hike leader was able to order Belgian chocolate dessert.

Leadership and reporting by SRR

2019/11/10 Op Khan hike / swim

 

The hike is going ahead.

(It still possible that recent rain might make the currents too strong for safe swimming, but we hope not.)

This is a fairly easy and short hike/swim in Op Khan national park. The starting point is the headquarters in the park and from there we will meander along a road and path until we meet the river just below the swimming point in a small gorge. After a leisurely swim we will walk back along the river bank to the start of the hike. (It involves a bit of clambering on steep slopes and rocks). On the way back we may investigate a new swimming point to determine its suitability for future aquatic activity. The hike/swim should take about three hours and afterwards we will have lunch in either the Phufinn or Canyon restaurant.

Warning: you are reminded that you are responsible for your own safety and actions at all times. The place is now okay for confident swimmers, but you need to be wary of areas where strong currents could suck you through small gaps to serious injuries.

Hike leader: SRR

If you want to join: make sure you have read the general advice on this website as well as this particular post. If you still think the hike is for you, just turn up at the time and place mentioned below. Lifts in cars are usually available (please offer your driver THB100 toward costs). No groups though.

Meeting place and time: 8.30AM for a 8.45AM start on the open ground near the first traffic lights south of the Canal road intersection with Suthep road.

Canal Road meeting point

 

2019/11/03_Trip Report_Huay Jo Loop

17 hikers gathered on a beautiful sunny early winter day next to the limpid waters of the Huay Jo reservoir.

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The “Rambo” rope provided the usual fun as we scampered off into the forest. By dribs and drabs the group fragmented. Firstly one wing-heeled individual sped off into the distance and a little later we split into faster and slower groups. The faster group arrived back at the cars in just over 6 hours and the slower group took about one hour longer.

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Recent rains had cleared the air and we were treated to clear views over the Chiang Mai Valley from the higher parts of the ridge, with the Convention Centre and the Judges Compound easily picked out on the lower slopes of Doi Suthep.

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About this time a few drops of rain started to fall from an almost cloudless sky and as the cloud continued to build up more rain fell. Finally we were hiking through steady rain, which only served to refresh and was a welcome companion on our final approach to the cars. By the time we got back the rain had thoughtfully stopped to allow us to change in dry conditions. Perfect hiking weather.

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After the hike most of us gathered at the Esarn restaurant in Mae Jo. Wow, those Esarn chilies are something else!

Many thanks to John for guiding the slower group and to Michael for sweeping up at the rear.

 

19/11/03_Huay Jo Loop

Total distance 17km, total “up” about 700m. Expected duration between 5 and 6 hours. Wrong turns could be very bad news, so it is important the group stays together at all times.

A local low-level ridge walk with nice views over the Chiang Mai Valley, haze permitting. Elevation gain comes in several increments and the steepest sections are relatively short. The high point on the ridge is around 750m.

The highlight of the hike comes at the beginning, where some thoughtful person has seen fit to deploy a “rambo” rope down the steep concrete ramp up from the road. No further heroics required, though good footwear and care advisable for negotiating the often rocky trails.

Most of the hike is through forest. The last 1km beside the reservoir is in full sunlight and appropriate sun protection is recommended.

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The way home takes us past a popular Esarn restaurant just behind Mae Jo University. There is an option to sample its extensive menu of quality dishes washed down by the amber beverage.

Hike Organiser: Richard

If you want to join:

Make sure you have read the general advice on this website as well as the specific hike details in this post. If you still think this hike is for you, just turn up at the meeting place on the day, on time. No need to inform us in advance. But we cannot accommodate groups.

Meeting Point & Time:

We will meet next to the KFC restaurant in Ruamchoke Plaza, on the 1001 (MaeJo) Road just past the intersection with the 3029. 7.20 for a 07.30 departure.

Meeting point near KFC Ruamchoke Plaza

The starting point for the hike is about 30 minutes drive from the meeting point. Spare seats are usually available for passengers, but transport can not be guaranteed.

Items to bring:

  • At least 2 liters of water or re-hydration drink.
  • Energy snacks and/or picnic lunch.
  • A change of clothes and 50 Baht gas money if you want a lift.
  • Strong footwear with good grip and ankle support.
  • Sunhat, sunscreen, insect repellent.
  • Long sleeves/ pants recommended.
  • Plenty of energy, enthusiasm, team spirit and good humour.

19/10/27_Doi Khun Tan day trip

Khun Tan train station and tunnel entrance

The Sunday group have not done this fun train-hike-train Doi Khun Tan jaunt as a day trip for many years. All hikers are responsible for their own safety at all times. If you want to join, just turn up at the station before 06.30; no advance notice necessary. No groups, please. No reposting on social media. 

Meet at Chiang Mai railway station in time to buy your ticket(s) to Khun Tan station before the 06.30 departure. ID needed to buy tickets. Designated seats (so buy at the same time as people you want to sit with.) 3rd class fare Bt.15 for foreigners (Thais free). The 68 km journey is scheduled to take about 65 minutes but often takes longer. One intermediate stop in Lamphun.

Faster hikers may wish to aim for the return train at 13.30, but more leisurely hikers will probably opt for the 18.23 train. Both are often late but this cannot be depended upon. Food and beverages (including beer) are available at the station to help while away any delays. The later train return tickets are 2nd class, so Bt.50. Be ready for cold aircon and a late return.

The hike itself is long and high (16 kms, up/down over 1,100m, 5-8 hours, depending on group speed and stops), begins at the station and goes up via 4 levels (Yaw) to the peak of Doi Khun Tan (c.1350m). First stop is the NP HQ, with toilets, restaurant (usually; but no alcohol)), cabins and a ticket booth (Thais 20 baht, foreigners 100 baht). Yaw 1 is the old (1917) bungalow of the German engineer who oversaw the tunnel construction. At Yaw 2 MR Kukrit Pramoj (famous Thai PM and film star) bought a cabin from the Bombay Burma Lumbar Company. Yaw 3 hosts the Payap University missionary cabins and Yaw 4 is the summit, on the Lamphun-Lampang provincial border.  Option to detour to a waterfall on the return, via a steep downhill trail.

Admiring the view from the summit of Doi Khun Tan

Please bring:

  • at least 2-3 litres of water/rehydration drink
  • energy snacks and picnic ‘first’ lunch
  • protection from sun/heat, rain/cold, insects
  • strong footwear with good grip; trekking poles/sticks recommended
  • lots of energy, enthusiasm, team spirit and good humour
  • ID. Money for train fares, station carpark ticket, NP entrance fee, optional NP restaurant/station drinks/snacks.