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17/05/28_Wieng Kum Kam and McKean Island loop

Wat Chedi Liem, Wieng Kum Kam. Photo by ​wikipedia user KayEss, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=4407065

The current rainy spell has made hill hiking less attractive this week. So here’s a novelty for us: a hike through historic suburbs of Chiang Mai. It is largely road-walking, but the roads are very quiet rural-style ones with a lot of beautiful and interesting things around them.

It begins from a point south of where Mahidol Rd goes over the Ping river (see more exact directions below). We will cross the river on foot over the sluice gates into the Wieng Kum Kam area, ramble among its ancient ruined temples, and then go further south into the island area of the McKean Rehabilitation Centre. Looping back, we exit the island by a small bridge over the Ping, near to Wat Ko Klang, and from there make our way back toward Wat Pa Daet, near to our starting point, and where we can take refreshment in a village eatery.

It is all on the flat, so an easy hike. Probably about 10km walking distance. The time taken will depend on how much people want to linger at the various interesting points, but the hike leader undertakes to get back to Wat Pa Daet by noon.

Hike leader: Michael M

Meeting Point: Outside the 7-11 store which is on the 4032 riverside road, slightly over one km south of the point where this road connects with the 1141 (Mahidol Rd, sometimes known as Airport Rd) and where the 1141 crosses the Ping River.

There is room for parking in front of the store, or in vacant ground at the side or behind the block where the store is.

Meeting time: 07:30am. We will start walking promptly at 07.40am.

If you want to join: Just turn up on time. There is no need to tell us you are coming. But we cannot absorb groups.

Equipment:

  • Walking shoes. Trainers are okay for this hike. Boots not necessary.
  • Fairly civilized clothing, e.g. long pants. This is not a hike in the woods. We will be around temples and in people’s neighbourhoods much of the time.
  • Rain gear. Umbrella may be useful!
  • Hat and sunblock may also be useful.
  • About one litre of water, or else be ready to buy water etc at shops en route. Same thing re snacks.
  • Team spirit, good humour.

17/05/21_Trip report_Doi Lang Lo loop

Small minivet – photo by Jenny

Nine people (including the two hike leaders) started this hike on a surprisingly dry morning. Unfortunately the higher we climbed the hotter and more humid it seemed to become. By the time we had reached the summit just after two hours, the main priority was finding a shady area for lunch rather than looking at the views (which were impressive). On the descent there were some minor slips with one hike co leader’s slip on a steep slope fortunately terminated by a nearby tree. With the heat taking its toll everyone was fairly tired by the end of the five hour hike and no one had the energy or enthusiasm to go to the hot springs, so refreshments (rehydration) were had at a small restaurant on the way back to CM.

Hike leadership by S and Monjiro. Report by S. Photos by Jenny and Chan.

17/05/21 Trip report – 3 waterfalls loop

The day dawned sunny and hot. When 7 hikers met at the Arboretum anticipating a hike to visit 3 waterfalls, the leader had to explain that since a portion of the trail, which was an essential connection, has disappeared, we would only be visiting 2 waterfalls. At 7:45 we left for Huay Kaew waterfall and had a short water break at the sala of Wang Bua Baan, and then continued right on to Chang Khian waterfall.  On the way we found that parts of the trail were rather neglected, and in fact another connecting portion was so overgrown we couldn’t see it and so detoured around it. But the waterfall was still there and fully met our expectations.  As soon as we got our boots off we were under the refreshing spray and then under the force of the pounding falls.  Quite a massage, invigorating and dizzying! Wet shirts were spread out to dry while we enjoyed our pack lunches or snacks, even though it was still well before noon.

As we started back on a different route, at first we found the trail again neglected, other than by red ants. Things improved as we progressed, and soon we had come out near the Boy Scout Camp and headed back toward the Arboretum, making a rather lengthy stop at a lovely cafe. Having a small and pleasant group was quite a treat as we each had opportunity to visit with each of the others.

2017/05/21 Choice of two hikes (easier and harder)

This Sunday two different hikes are planned. One is easier (and may also be easier to get to, for people living in central Chiang Mai). The other is harder, and a bit further away. Scroll down the next two posts for details.

2017/05/21 (a) EASIER HIKE: Three waterfalls loop

At Chang Khian waterfall

 

Two different hikes are planned for this Sunday. For the tougher out-of-town one, scroll down to the next post.

In the Three Waterfalls Loop, the first two of the waterfalls are ones we pass by on the way to the main one, Chang Khian. With all the rain we have had recently there should be something of beauty to see. We will meet at the Arboretum parking lot (see maps below) at 7:30 and leave by 7:45, walking up along side the road to Huay Kaew waterfall, continue on up along the stream, under the cliffs at Pa Nguep waterfall, and a bit farther along cross the road and follow a trail to Chan Khian waterfall. There we can enjoy out picnic lunches and perhaps those who choose to do so will go in the water. After lunch we will hike down to Chang Khian area and from there back to the arboretum. Estimated time, including the lunch break, 4-4 1/2 hours.

Things to bring: at least 1 1/2 liters water, pack lunch, good shoes, raincoat, hiking poles if you use them, dry clothes to change into if you plan to go in the water, energy, enthusiasm and good humor.

No need to let us know you are coming, just show up at the meeting point on time.

Hike leader: Janet

 

Maps for meeting-place:

 

 

2017/05/21 (b) HARDER HIKE: Doi Lang Lo Loop

 

The hike will commence beside the Mae Pha Haen reservoir, about twenty five minutes drive from the meeting point. After one kilometre of flat paths we will ascend a series of steep ridges. We will then climb up a five metre rock outcrop which, although not difficult, has a drop on one side so a guide rope will be provided. We will have lunch at a spot 100 metres down from the summit with good views, on a clear day, of the CM countryside. We will hike down a series of ridges, ending with a relatively flat 3km walk back to the cars. Please note that if you have difficulties with steep slopes or a fear of heights then this hike is not for you. In the event of heavy rain the hike may be cancelled – please consult the website at 7am on Sunday morning. The hike should take 4-5 hours and could be considered moderate to reasonably strenuous. After the hike we will retire to San Kampaeng hot springs for refreshments/swim.

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Hike Leaders:  S and Monjiro

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If you want to join:
If you want to join: just turn up at the meeting place on the day, on time. We cannot accommodate groups. Seats in cars are usually available but cannot be guaranteed.

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Meeting Place
Meeting Place: We will meet at 07:45 in front of Promenada Mall on R1317 (location marked “A” on the map below) and start on time at 08:00.  We head straight out along the R1317 and move onto Mae Pha Haen reservoir.

Promenada

Promenada map

Please bring:

  • As per usual advice but especially:
  • good footwear and essential
  • hat is essential if the sun is out
  • change of clothes/plastic bag for muddy footwear for the return car journey,
  • THB100 contribution for fuel etc if you are a passenger, about THB 100 for hot springs, and something for any drinks/meal you buy.
  • swimsuit, towel, change of clothes/footwear for hot springs (if you choose the option)

 

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17/05/14_Trip report_Wat Chom Khiri Loop

 

After a long and narrowly-winding but beautiful drive, 21 hikers gathered at the starting point at 08:50 and then started climbing at 09:05. The vegetation had grown in the first 1km and the character of the path was very different from two months ago. The first group stopped many times to wait for the slow group but this is Sunday hiking and all the hikers must cooperate.

 

 

We took a break at the junction where the descent from the mountain begins. Almost all the hikers were hungry even though it was only 10:30. Unluckily, Monjiro was stung by wasps but it got better quickly after applying P’s medicine. Thanks P.

 

 

We restarted the hike at 10:55 after taking a fairly long break. 10 minutes later, intense rain began but diminished greatly after about 10 minutes. The rain started again an hour later, but it was not so such a downpour this time.

 

 

The first group got to the goal point at 12:50, and all the hikers had finished the hike by 13:05. We went to a nearby restaurant to have refreshments. Thanks to everybody who cooperated in making the hike.

 

Hike leadership by Arnie the Viking and Monjiro the Samurai
Report by Monjiro, edited by Michael Bigboots
Photos by Andr…, J… and Monjiro.