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17/06/25 Mae Win Huai Hoi Waterfall Loop

17/06/25 0620 – Today’s hike is on but there could be some rain 

As the rainy season is upon us check this webpage on Sunday morning, after 0630, for an update as the hike may be changed, or cancelled, at short notice.

This Sunday’s hike takes us south of Chiang Mai to Mae Win and a loop that was last done over 2 years ago.  Starting and finishing at Wat Matchimaram the hike follows trails through farm land up into light forest and, at about the half way point, joins a trail at Huai Hoi waterfall and then follows the Nam Mae Puai for about 4kms before we cross it (you will get wet feet here) and take a dirt road through farmland back to the Wat.

The hike is about 13km and has a total ascent of about 500mtrs.  There are 2 reasonably steep sections of a few hundred metres each but, apart from that, the hike is not strenuous and there is the opportunity to cool off half way round at the waterfall.  The hike should take under 6hrs but that is dependent on how long is spent at the waterfall.

In addition to strong boots, etc., insect repellent is essential, sun block highly recommended as some of the hike is in open land.

Hike leaders:  Tom & PGB

If you want to join: Read the general advice on this website as well as the specific details in this post. If you still think the hike is for you, just turn up at the meeting place on the day and on time. We cannot accommodate groups. Passenger places are usually available in car-pooling but cannot be guaranteed.  If you are a passenger, please contribute 100Bht to your driver for fuel etc.

Meeting Point & Time.
We will meet at 07:20 for 07:30 start at the open area, just past the PTT gas station, when driving southwards on Canal Road from the Suthep Road junction.

Please bring: In addition to “Things to bring” tab
at least 2-3 litres of water/rehydration drink
energy snacks/picnic lunch
protection from sun, rain, insects, spiky/itchy vegetation
for passengers: 100 baht towards fuel costs and a change of clothes, footwear
lots of energy, enthusiasm and a good sense of humour

17/06/18_Trip report_To Sankamphaeng Hot Springs from Crazy Horse

21 hikers gathered at the starting point and started the hike at 8:30 together with two dogs belonging to a shop owner at the starting point.  Wonderful weather welcomed the hikers though it is rainy season currently.

Unluckily, an ant bit Monjiro’s crotch when he was waiting for the slow group at the junction. Ouch!!

We continued hiking while taking a rest about every 30 minutes. After having lunch and beginning to go down the mountain, P’s shoes were completely broken and Arnie fixed them with packing tape temporarily.

It did not rain during the hiking but it was a very hot day and we were very sweaty. After we got to the hot spring, S took the two dogs back to their home by a car, and then we had refresfment at a restaurant. Seven hikers enjoyed bathing at the hot springs after that.

The distance of the hike was 11.7km and it took 4 hours 10 minutes. Thanks to everybody who cooperated in making the hike.

Hike leadership by Monjiro and Arnie. Report by Monjiro.

 

 

 

17/06/18_To Sankamphaeng Hot Springs from Crazy Horse

We last did this hike last August. It made for a satisfying day.

If there is heavy rain, we might cancel the hike. If we cancel, we will post a notice here by 06:30 on Sunday.

Warnings: Some parts of this hike are steep and stony or slippery. One trail section is narrow beside quite a steep drop. So this hike is not for those who lack a firm sense of balance. Use of proper hiking boots is strongly advised, and hiking poles are also advisable. Also, the trail is not well shaded, so it may be quite hot as well as humid.

An 11 km ridge walk, with good valley views, taking in a number of peaks (max. alt. 756m, min 342m), starting at Crazy Horse buttress near Muang On cave and finishing near Sankamphaeng hot springs so we can have a relaxing swim in the hot pool after the hike.

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Estimated durations:

  • driving there and back: 2hrs
  • hiking: 5 hours
  • eating and bathing: 1.5+ hours

Therefore, don’t expect to get back to Chiang Mai before 16:00 unless you have your own vehicle and want to sacrifice the eating and bathing.

 

Hike Leaders: Monjiro & Mr A.

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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 the 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. Seats in cars are usually available but cannot be guaranteed. Please give 100 baht to your driver towards fuel costs if you need a lift, and bring a change of clothes for the return journey. 

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Meeting Place
We will meet at 07.20 in front of Promenada Mall on H.1317 (Point A on the map below).  At 07:30 we head straight out along the H.1317 Sankamphaeng Bypass past Ban On and leave some vehicles at the hot springs car park (GPS co-ords 18.8141802,99.229331), before returning to the Crazy Horse buttress area behind Muang On cave hill.

Promenada

Promenada map

Please bring:

  • at least 2 litres of water/re-hydration drink
  • packed brunch/snacks
  • proper hiking boots. Hiking poles recommended
  • sunhat, rainwear
  • sunblock, insect repellent may be useful
  • energy, enthusiasm, team spirit and good humour.
  • swimsuit, towel for bathing at hot springs
  • change of clothes/footwear for in-car niceness on return journey
  • 100 Baht contribution for car fuel if you are a passenger
  • 100 Baht (approx) for entry fees to Hot Springs and bathing facilities

17/06/11 Trip report Huay Chang Khian Huay Mae Yuak Loop

Nineteen optimists set off from the Scout Camp at a little after 0730 on what turned out to be a pleasant day’s hiking with only one light shower and that occurred during the brunch break when everyone was under a conveniently sited farmer’s shelter.  The lower sections of the loop were quite humid but, apart from that, hiking conditions were good and the hike was completed in 4hrs 40mins.

There were a few spots to get a good view of Chiang Mai and the surrounding countryside and there was also quite a bit of insect and plant life seen on the way including a butterfly which had just emerged from its cocoon.  Not many lychees though, seems as though the ones seen earlier in the week have been picked and sent off to market.sun1

sun2 After the hike, those that could, went to a nearby restaurant for the usual refreshments and socializing.

Our thanks to all who came along and made it a fun day and to those who sent in photos, sorry but I couldn’t get them compressed enough to go in the report.

For those interested in stats 12.7kms and 780mtrs vertical ascent.

 

 

17/06/11 Huay Chang Khian Huay Mae Yuak Loop

 

Update 0630 – The hike is on but rain is forecast for late morning/early afternoon so wet weather gear advisable

As the rainy season is upon us check this webpage on Sunday morning before leaving home as the hike may be changed, or cancelled, at short notice.

This loop is a combination of sections from 4 other hikes and starts at the Scout Camp with a fairly gentle ascent up to the (in)famous Porcupine Falls.  The trail then continues up through light forest until joining a dirt road, there is one steepish section of about 200mtrs towards the end of this section.  The dirt road leads into some lychee orchards, there were still some lychees there earlier in the week.  After leaving the orchards we will take a trail along a ridge that leads back down to the Scout Camp, passing Chang Khian waterfall on the way and offering an opportunity to visit it for those who missed out on the 3 Waterfalls Hike a few weeks ago.

The loop is about 12kms long with a total ascent of around 800mtrs with good trails and, apart from the one steep section mentioned, the terrain is not difficult however good boots are essential and a pole/stick highly recommended as the trails are slippery in places.  Additional water is also recommended as it could be very humid on the lower section of the hike.  Estimated time 6hrs.

Hike leaders:  PGB & Mike

If you want to join
If you are sure this hike is for you, after reading our “dangers”, “what to bring” and “what to do” tabs, just turn up at the meeting place on the day; there is no need to let us know you are coming. No groups please.

Meeting Place
We will meet at 0720 for an 0730 start where Huay Chang Khian meets Soi Chang Khian, just before the scout camp at the end of the soi.  Approx <18°49’25.24″ N  98°56’55.24″ E>
Head out from the moat NW towards Doi Suthep on Huay Kaew Rd.
Turn right onto the Irrigation Canal Rd opposite the Phucome Hotel.
Take the second soi, at the next traffic lights just before the old Fine Thanks restaurant, then bear left at the Y-junction (this is now a one-way system) and again right at the T-junction onto Soi Chang Khian.
Continue along the main soi, bearing left at the mini roundabout, and continue for 2kms, almost to the end of the soi. (Follow signs to Neo Café and then continue past the café for about 300mtrs)
See the map below (click to enlarge).

Advice
Please bring :
at least 2 litres of water, and energy snacks
strong footwear with thick tread/good grip, hat, insect repellent and sunblock
trekking pole or stick strongly recommended
plenty of energy, enthusiasm and good humour

17/06/04_Trip report_Doi Mai Mee Cheu

22 hikers initially split into two groups: 9 ‘shorter’ and 13 ‘longer’ hikers but, over the course of the day, the slower, shorter group gradually absorbed more of the ‘longer’ group until we were actually all together at the end point of the shorter hike, only 9 kms walk away from the ‘longer’ hikers transport, after about four and a half hours. Mr K kindly took pity on them and filled his pickup with weary walkers.

The there-and-back-again group set off in good spirits and pace but a combination of heat, humidity and hill reduced the group’s number after the first and steepest section.  Undeterred, the remaining hikers, now consisting of a majority of first-timers (hats off to you guys!) continued and reached the turn-around point on time but tired and looking forward to the post hike refreshments.  After a quick discussion, darkening skies and a distant rumble of thunder it was decided to become the advance party of the short hike group and, after snacks, continued to the finish which was a lot closer.

Note to hike leaders: the Susco petrol station management have asked us not to park in their carpark, so we will have to park outside in future.

17/06/04_Doi Mai Mee Cheu

Looks like good hiking weather. But be ready for possible rain later. 

We did this ‘mystery hike’ in the opposite direction last May. More up, less down this time.

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See graph below. We’ll probably hike about 4-5 hours, including lunch/breaks. Occasional narrow paths over steep drops. Some loose, stoney ground. Mostly well-shaded. Up 900m, down 300m, in approx. 9 kms. Mostly gentle uphill after the first steep 1 km.

Some car shuffling necessary. Unless some strong-kneed fast hikers want to do a 900m up/down ‘there-and-back-again’ hike to the peak (as the 2 leaders did today, in 5 hours) – please inform leader at the meeting point if you’re up for this option. 

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This time we’ll start at the low end (right) and finish high (left).

Hike leaders: Mike & PGB

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What a difference a year makes!

Meeting point: <18°48’48.69″ N  99°01’52.92″ E>

Meet 07.20 for a 07.30 start. The Susco petrol station, opposite Suzuki car showroom.  From the city centre, head NE along Kaew Nawarat Rd towards Central Festival shopping mall, past H.11 superhighway, then middle ring road and Sansai Noi (Sam Yaek) market traffic lights, and continue 400m straight on the CM-Doi Saket-Rd, H.118 towards Chiang Rai. It’s on the left.

Fuel, toilets and convenience store available.  If leaving a vehicle here, please park considerately, away from the store front. Seats in vehicles not guaranteed. No groups please. No need to let us know you are coming.

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Please bring:

  • at least 2-3 litres of water/rehydration drink
  • energy snacks/picnic lunch
  • protection from sun, rain, insects, spiky/itchy vegetation
  • for passengers: 100 baht towards fuel costs and a change of clothes, footwear
  • lots of energy, enthusiasm and a good sense of humour