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17/03/26_Huey Tung Tao Loop (and swim?)

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The view will probably be hazier than this!

This hike starts from the Golden Buddha at Huey Tung Tao. The route follows the trail to Daat Mook Waterfall before diverging right on connecting trails to the road system leading past farms and orchards below the ridge above Huey Tueng Tao. The ridge is the highpoint of the hike where we can stop for a rest and snack before continuing our journey. From the ridge, the trail descends rapidly to the east. After slipping and sliding down 300 meters, views of the valley begin to appear between the trees. We reach a fork in the trail and chose the branch to the left which continues our descent down the open slopes above Huey Tueng Tao.

Total distance about 12 kilometers with about 650 meters of elevation gain. Time for the hike is about six hours with stops for snacks and water along the way. It’s a longish hike in this hot weather, so sun protection and lots of water are essential to bring.

The special pleasure comes at the end when we get to quench our thirst, appease our hunger – and some of us will cool our bodies by swimming – at one of the lakeside restaurants.

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Meeting Point & Time.

We will meet at 7:45 am next to the Golden Buddha on the west shore of Huey Tueng Tao (See map for directions). You will need to buy a ticket to enter the lake area, 50 baht per person. Huay Tung Thao is 12 km out of town from the North East corner of the moat. standingbuddhamap[1]

  • Driving around the outside of the moat turn left onto Huay Kaeow Rd after the Chiang Mai Ram Hospital. This is the road running out from the NE corner of the moat.
  • You will pass Central Kad Suan Kaeow after about 100 m on the left.
  • Drive on through the Amari Rincomb intersection, to the Phucombe intersection. The Phucombe intersection is the second major 4 way, traffic lighted, intersection, it is 2 km from the moat.
  • Turn right onto the Canal Road and keep going for 6.8 km.
  • You will see a sign for the turn off for the Huay Tung Thao lake on the left. Turn left.
  • Continue for 2.2 km to the lake. Pay 20 Baht per person at the toll booth.
  • When you get to the lake turn left and go around the lake for another 1.1 km.
  • You will see the large standing Buddha. We will meet near there. You made it!

After some words from our leader, we will depart at 8:00 am

If you want to join, please ensure 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 meeting place on time. No need to let us know.

Please bring/prepare:  As normal except:

  • The special thing this week is – really seriously – lots of water (at least two litres), because the hike will be hot and long.
  • Also hat and/or other sun protection, as a fair bit of it is not under forest cover.
  • This hike does need strong footwear with good grip and ankle support. Poles useful for the steep bits.
  • Swimwear and towel !

Hike leader: Jenny

Trip Report: 17/03/19_Adventure Hike at Op Khan National Park

21 hikers met up this Sunday for a hike in the valley of a river named “Nam Mae Khanin”, in Op Khan National Park. A quite spectacular river, because the locals use a part of this shallow river as a motorbike connection between two villages, “Ban Huai Kwang” in the north and Ban Mae Khanin Tai, in the south.

River hikers


The hike started in the south village with walking on a small dirt road up in the narrow valley. Soon we had to start crossing the river. In front of us we had to do 21! Some of us changed our boots to more water convenient footwear.

One of the 21 river crossings

Crossing nr? …hmm


The man in the tree. What do you want !?


Next moment for the hike was climbing up on the hills and hike high above the valley. A changing of footwear again. The area was recently burned by the farmers, and the ash covered the ground.
Now the hike continued downhill, and soon we got connection with the river again.

On our way back down to the river, a hike in a dry and hot landscape


Change footwear! Now we started to hike on the motorbike trail in the river.



Sleeping time at the lunch stop


A wading experience back south for 4 km in the shallow cold water. Today, as often, young guys ride motor cross bikes for fun in the river.

Young guys on their bikes


Afterward we hiked back on the morning road, and repeated the 21 river crossings. On our way back home we had a nice aftermath at the Canyon View Restaurant.

Happy hikers

“The Canyon”. An old gravel pit, now a fun park

Some facts:


Trip report: Anders
Pictures: Our fellow hikers

17/03/19_Adventure Hike at Op Khan National Park

Reprise of a favourite hike pioneered by Pam and Anders a little over two years ago.

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We will hike in a beautiful valley, along a  small river named Nam Mae Khanin in Op Khan National Park. Crystal clear cold water from the mountains, but probably not too much because of the season.  The hike can be classified as easy . We will have some steep sections, but not more than for around 30 minutes in total.  For the most part it is a hike along the narrow river valley. Hiking time including breaks and lunch is 4 hours and 30 minutes, up to 5 hours, depending on the group. The little specialty that makes this  an adventure hike is that we will cross the river numerous times and for one hour we will  hike in the stream. But please do not worry, the river is wide  and the water level is about 10 centimeters or less only. Soft and sandy ground to walk on and delightfully cool mountain water. In order to be able to get the full benefits of this hike, it is very important that you bring two pairs of shoes with you. A couple for the river wading and a couple for the regular hiking. You can say that this hike is a bit magic ……. Option after the hike: Nice lunch at the spectacular Canyon Restaurant.

Hike Leader: Anders, assisted by Tom

If you want to join: You should have 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 THB 100 to your driver for fuel etc.

Meeting Point & Time.

This time we will meet at 07:20 for 07:30 start. We will meet at the open area just past the PTT gas station when driving southwards on Canal Road from the Suthep Road junction.  (Please click on map to enlarge)

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Advice:

Equipment needed is as usual (see the “Things to bring” tab, above) except :

  • bring amphibious footwear or two pairs, for walking both in the stream and on dry land. Also a plastic bag for transporting wet footwear in the car.

Trip Report: 17/03/12 Ban Khun Chang Khian loop

We had 11 hikers who chose this shorter hike. Other than the starting point, not much else matched the hike description. All 11 of us squeezed into 2 cars for the hour long drive up to the village. The road was a bit worse for wear, but what a beautiful location the village has! The air was cool and clear with a constant fresh breeze. We chose to have coffee and tea there, and found exactly 11 seats in one coffee shop. Then we started out down the road, and passed a big new coffee shop with a view on the left.  Because we were a partly “elderly” group with 4 in the range of 70-80 plus, we didn’t take the steep, slippery short cut, and we kept a leisurely pace with stops to let stragglers catch up. Only 2 young and energetic hikers kept in the lead. And so we continued down the dirt track, keeping a watch for the well remembered narrow trail on the left, but never found it. The leader explored one which seemed to be in the right place and headed the right way, but didn’t look familiar, and which continued down “forever” into deep forest rather than into an orchard.)  After more than an hour into the  hike, we reluctantly turned back and retraced our steps to the village. (Hmmm…obviously the leader should have checked the hike route before). It was noon when we got back, and we were hungry enough. The new coffee shop turned out to have food also, 3 good enough choices (but no beer). We liked the view over a flower garden and strawberry fields, which had to compensate for the lack of beer. We also learned that the village is growing strawberries organically, and that the Hmong New Year celebration in Jan. ’18 will be held in this village.

And so we didn’t hike a loop, only hiked 5 km., and didn’t return to the temple parking lot for lunch, but returned happy hikers.

Here are some photos to share:

Villagers grinding corn for their chickens

In the midst of the hike

One of several villagers we watched doing cross-stitch

Having lunch at the new coffee shop

Trip report_17/03/12 _Ban Pha Nok Kok loop

Nice view

11 hikers met up at the meeting point. In the village we met one more. So we were 12 hikers in total.

Group picture

We set off from the village and followed the road/farmers track which climbed, fairly gently, up the hillside into the farmland.

At the farmers’ trail

We continued upwards and after 1:20 hour we turned left in the light forest and then to a big banana farm and back to the farmers track.

The light forest

The banana farm

We reached the Lychee farm area where we had a snack break. After we climbed up to the summit there had a very good view and a refreshing breeze. We stopped for lunch and turn back to the village.

Very nice view

Nice view

Way back from the summit

After we finished the hike we went to a new Restaurant for refreshments.

A great day; thanks to all who joined!

Facts: 13km, 4 hours 30 minutes.

Nice restaurant

The view from the restaurant

Photos by Anders, Bussakorn and Tom.

Hike leadership and report by Tom.

17/03/12 Baan Khun Chang Khian loop – alternate, shorter hike

This is a shorter alternative hike. For the longer out-of-town hike, scroll down!

We will meet at the arboretum at 8am (see maps below), car pool up to the village, about 45 min., and walk at a leisurely pace around a loop. This is at high elevation, shady, nothing difficult, and it should take us about 3 hours. There is a possibility of having coffee before the hike at the CMU or village coffee shop. Afterward we will stop for lunch at a restaurant at Prathat Doi Suthep parking lot.
Bring at least 2 liters water, good shoes, snacks, insect repellent, energy and good humor, plus money for coffee and lunch and 100 baht for your driver. Leader, Janet

Maps showing Arboretum meeting point:

 

17/03/12 _Ban Pha Nok Kok loop

This post corrects an earlier one which had the wrong date and post-hike details. Contrary to the earlier post, the hike will take place on the Sunday, as usual. The hike is about 5 hours and after the hike we will be going to a nice restaurant not far from the starting point.

We will be hiking mainly along farmers trails through agricultural land with some lovely views, seasonal conditions permitting.  The hike is at a relatively high altitude, starting at 1000m rising to about 1500m (a total altitude gain of around 700m) and a total distance of about 13km.  Although there is a fair amount of shade hats and sunblock are a must and do consider additional fluids too.

Hike leader: Tom

Meeting Place:
We will meet at 07.30 am for an 07.40 start, in front of the 700-year stadium (see map), just beside the 121 irrigation canal road (not inside the stadium), then carpool to the hike start point.

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If you’re thinking of joining…

Please carefully read the general advice and warnings on this website as well as this specific hike description. If you still think the hike is for you, just turn up at the meeting-place on time: there is no need to tell us you are coming. Lifts in the cars of other hikers are usually available but cannot be guaranteed. If getting a lift, please have a mutual understanding with your driver about post-hike priorities (e.g. whether having a meal with the group) and where they can drop you on return to town. Please bring a change of shirt for in-car pleasantness on the return journey. And please contribute THB 100 per person towards the fuel etc.

Please bring :

  • at least 2 litres of water/rehydration drink
  • snacks
  • 100Bht for your driver if sharing their car.
  • sunhat, sunblock, rain protection.
  • energy, enthusiasm, and good humour.
  • spare fresh T-shirt, frock or tux you can change into at the end, especially if you are going to be traveling home with others in a car.