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10/04/22_Report_Loop hike east of Baan Khun Chang Khian


Perhaps the day seemed too hot for the expected big group of hikers, as at 7:15 only 6 of us waited at the meeting point, All but one were familiar faces, and it was nice to have one newby! We left promptly at 7:30, drove up in 2 cars, and set out from Baan Khun Chang Khian shortly after 8:30. The air was a bit cooler up there, but my belief that there is always a breeze up there was shattered. The route we took was just as described in the posting: down and down and then up and up, taking the longer route up which is more gradual. We were in no hurry, and the leader had to stop often, but briefly, to relieve back pain, so we were surprised to arrive back at the village in a bit less than 3 hours. So much for estimates! But our estimate of 400 meters in elevation gain was spot on!

To our disappointment, the coffee shop which was to supply our noon meal was closed; however we enjoyed a liesurely coffee and other liquid refreshments at another village coffee shop where we met up with the other hiking group of only 2 people. That is where this beautiful rooster was perched.


We then drove back down to the palace for lunch, finding a spacious restaurant in which we were the first customers…and the last, as it filled up and then emptied while we ate and chatted, listening to a hiker’s talk on geology, and suddenly realized the lights were out and the other customers had all left.

Nice day, nice people, nice hike.

Stats: Time: 2 hr. 50 min, Distance: 8.46 km.. Elevation gain 432 meters.

Report and hike leadership by Janet. Photos by Janet and Bob.


18/04/22_Loop hike east of Baan Khun Chang Khian

We will meet at the arboretum at 7:15 for a 7:30 departure, car pooling up to the village, driving slowly and carefully where needed as the road is bady in need of repair. The trail leaves from in the village, heading east out the back road, and is generally downhill, steeply at times where it turns off the main road. Once we are down in the orchard area we follow a rocky dirt road until we come to a narrow turn-off downhill again, and then up through a wooded area, crossing a small bridge and coming again to a dirt road.  We will follow this upward until it intersects with the main road leading back to the village. The elevation gain is about 400 meters and the time to complete the hike about 4 1/2 hours. The newest coffee shop in the village has plenty of seating and a choice of our favorite dishes as well as good coffee, but no beer.  For those who need beer, it is likely available at the shop down the road.

Estimated durations: driving 1hr, hiking 4½hrs, refreshments 1hr, driving 1hr: total 7½hrs, i.e. return to Arboretum around 2.30 – 3pm.

If you are a passenger please consider giving your driver 100 baht.

Bring good footwear, at least 2 liters water, sunscreen, raingear, energy and good humor.

Hike leader: Janet

Map for meeting:

18/04/15_Report_Songkran City Special

Only two intrepid hikers turned up for this urban hike in the Songkran holiday.

Group photo

We set off from the north-west (Hua Lin) corner of the moat. “Hua Lin” apparently means head+aqueduct, and indeed we noted a sluice with water rushing into the moat there. At that corner when driving I have always been intrigued by the appearance of a French-rococo palace inside the city. We would find out more when returning at the end of our loop.

What is that French-rococo palace?

Continuing along the north side of the moat, we found vendors beginning to set up their stalls for the day, to sell plastic water-guns and associated gizmos, along with comestible refreshments. We next paused at the exquisite Wat Lok Moli, where we came across the ceremony for supplying water in front of the Buddha image high on the stupa, using strings and pulleys and a golden bird escorting the bamboo water-jug.

Refilling the jug taking water by string-lift to the Buddha image on the stupa at Wat Lok Moli

We entered the old city by the Chang Phueak (North) Gate, and continuing eastwards along relatively quiet backstreets, until emerging near the north-east (Sri Poom) corner, where we visited the wonderfully sagging rampart.

Sagging rampart at Sri Poom corner

From there we walked toward the river. The outer wall of the US Consulate is decorated with murals, some of which already have nostalgia value.

Detail of mural on US Consulate outer wall, by Suksa Songkhro Chiangmai School

On the other side of the road, there’s more nostalgia outside the Municipality Disaster Prevention and Mitigation offices.

Old fire engine, Chiang Mai Municipality offices

After walking a little along the river embankment, we entered the Wororot Market area. Then on to Wat Saen Fang and Thapae Road.

Double Goose (or Swan?) shop in Wororot Market area


Wheel mounted inside the stupa enclosure at Wat Saen Fang


Old wooden house on Thapae Road

At Thapae Gate, a Lanna Cultural space had been created for the morning, before the afternoon’s Songkran procession and the evening’s public competition to find Mr and Ms Songkran. But we didn’t wait for those. Instead we made for the Three Kings area, where we passed by Wat Inthakin.

Elaborately decorated silver-coloured door near Wat Inthakin

Reaching the north-side moat again, we found the street-life was warming up: a pretty scene among the blossing Golden Shower (Cassia Fistula) trees along the banks.

Songkran street life, near Wat Rajamontean, looking toward Wat Lok Moli

Buddha statue at Wat Rajamontean

While still inside the moat, we found that the French-rococo palace we’d seen earlier is the Pingdoi Hua Lin Botique (sic) Hotel. But was it something else previously? Built for a never-realized visit by Napoleon III, perhaps? Anyone know?

By the time we reached the finishing-straight, the Songkran day was becoming wet as well as warm. We were happy to reach our parked cars before the traditional traffic gridlock around the old city.


Conclusion: Urban hikes are worthwhile too, perhaps sometimes as gentler alternatives to a country hike. Add a comment if you have other ideas for similar hikes – especially if you would like to help lead one.


Report by Michael. Photos by Michael and Bob.


18/04/15_Songkran City Special

Many of our regulars are on other trips for the Songkran holiday, but I hope a few old and/or new companions will join me for a fun stroll this Sunday morning, taking in some of the city Songkran experience. We will improvise the details of the route, but the rough plan is to walk eastwards from Kad Suan Kaew on the North side of the old city to Wororot market and the river, and then loop back by more southerly roads. We may pause at some of the temples, and probably have water spashed on us at various points. Near the end, we may sit down in a cafe or small restaurant for drinks/brunch. Likely to be finished well before noon.

Meeting time and place:

7.30am for an 7.45am start from the entrance to the Kad Suan Kaew carpark on Huay Kaew Road (see picture).

Initiator: Michael M


  • Wear clothes which are light but not too immodest for temple compounds, and not too revealing when soaked.
  • Bring hat and/or sunblock.
  • Avoid bringing non-waterproof electronic items, or enclose them in waterproof bags.
  • Remember that compared with our usual hikes there is a relative risk of pickpocketing etc.


18/04/08_Thepsadet loop


Starting high and staying high as long as possible is the main aim of this hike, in an attempt to stay cooler in clearer air. To help with this aim we hope we’ve managed to arrange a little rain on Saturday to cleanse and cool the air for Sunday.

Two hikes in one, same start (Thepsadet waterfall carpark), different finish point (Pang Hai coffee shop for the longer hike). The first (a long U) is illustrated below in an elevation graph: 12 kms, up 780m, down 1000m, in 5-6 hours including breaks. The second (a shorter loop) option starts the same until the half way point and then returns to the Thepsadet carpark (see brown arrow on graph) down a 2km dirt road: 8.2 kms, up/down 600m, in about 4 hours or so. (Faster hikers who don’t want to wait for the main group to reach the initial ridge-top may wish to add on a very steep, 1km roundtrip, detour to the local highest peak/viewpoint, 1719m.)

Pang Hai loop graph

The first 8 kms or so is briefly along a quiet surfaced road, then dirt motorbike tracks, then clear, wide, shady ridge-top trails/firebreaks with some nice views. Later parts are narrower, sometimes steeper and more overgrown with occasional indistinct paths and a short bush-whack where a little gardening may be necessary.

All hikers are responsible for their own safety at all times. Burning forest and smoky air possible. No groups, please. No re-advertising online. Seats in cars cannot be guaranteed. 50-min drive each way between meeting point and hike start/end points. 

Meeting point: In front of Susco at 07.20 (for an 07.30 departure). Please be ready to tell if you intend to hike the longer or shorter option so we can arrange transport.


Please bring:

  • at least 2 litres of water/rehydration drink, 3 litres for longer hike
  • protection from sun/heat, rain
  • long pants/sleeves for insects (and thorns); repellent recommended
  • energy snacks and picnic lunch
  • strong legs/knees, footwear with deep tread/good grip, trekking pole/stick
  • lots of energy, team spirit and good humour
  • passengers please bring 100 baht for your driver and a change of shirt/clothes for the drive home.

18/04/01 Trip report Mae Jaem forest loop


Twelve hikers and one K9 gathered on another smoky day at the rendezvous point and set of for the, hopefully, clearer air of Mae Jaem.  The air was a little clearer but still quite bad and the normally beautiful views were, alas, not to be had but it was cooler.  The group set off on the trail which leads up the go-kart track and was enthusiastically inspected by some hikers in anticipation of the return and having a run down it.  At the top we came to the newly expanded dirt road and had a leisurely walk before making a short, but quite steep, descent and after some more gentle ascents we came to the highest point of the hike on which there is a statue of the last ruler of Lua, Khun Luang Wilangka.   According to records, his empire covered much of Chiang Mai and Lamphun but he was defeated by Queen Jamathewi and retreated to the surrounding hills where he, allegedly, committed, suicide.  Legend has it that his dying wish was to be buried at the highest point in the area so he could watch over his lost kingdom.

Taking a break here it was possible to make out some of the surrounding scenery but not clear enough for photos.  After the break it was back on the wide dirt road and gentle ups-and-downs until taking a trail which took us down on to another dirt road and the lowest point of the hike and from here on it was uphill for about 2km, the last bit quite steep, before rejoining the outward route which we followed until reaching a junction.  Here we split into groups, those who wanted a shorter hike and to go go-karting and those who fancied a little longer hike.  Once decided the groups went their separate ways and managed to finish at the same time.  No photos of the go-karters’ I’m afraid but they seemed to have fun.

Fun time over it was a short drive to the restaurant where the usual post-hike refreshments were had.

Thanks to all who turned out making it another great day.

Special thanks to J for the group photo, which took a lot of patience in setting up; to B and M for the history lesson.

Hope S is on the mend as it was his hike but he had an unfortunate accident on Friday and unable to make it



18/04/01_Mon Jaem forest loop




This is a relatively easy hike along the forested ridges of Mon Jaem with (smog permitting) ridge views to the north (Doi Chiang Dao) and south ( Doi Pui). The hike will be mainly on dirt roads with lots of shade and with a couple of modest hills and one major viewing point. On the way back we will meander through a small vineyard (no wine on sale, unfortunately) and through the small settlement of Mon Jaem. The hike should take between three and four hours and afterwards we will retire for lunch to the Therma Doi restaurant.

Meeting point: The car park in front of the 700 Year Stadium on Canal Road

Meeting time: 7.45AM for an 8.00AM start

Hike leader: PGB

Otherwise, usual conditions apply (see general advice on this website).