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  • Hike descriptions may be posted at short notice. So it may be worth checking the website frequently.
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17/08/20_Mon Cham Loop

This is a repeat of the well known Mon Cham loop. When we last tried it – a year ago – it was memorably curtailed by rain. We start at the small restaurant at Mon Cham and walk down the hill and into a small forested area to view Anders’ small cave (hopefully with bats). We then zigzag further down into the valley and the small village populated with farang- indifferent dogs. Then we start an ascent towards the ridge peak before doubling back onto a small road which will bring us back to the restaurant, completing the loop. This will be an easy hike on mainly dirt roads through an agricultural area, hopefully with good views on the ridge, and should take between three to four hours. Given the short duration there will be no lunch stop but there will be snack rests. Afterwards we will have lunch in the relatively new Thermidor restaurant a couple of kms from the hike start. In the event of heavy rain the hike will be cancelled. Consult the website before 7AM on Sunday.

Hike Leader: Stephen

 

If you want to join
Just turn up at the meeting place on the day. Well-behaved dogs welcome. No groups please.

Meeting Place
We will meet 07.45 am for an 08.00 start, in front of the 700-year stadium (see map), just beside the 121 irrigation canal road (not inside the stadium),

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then…

  • Car-share in convoy north towards Mae Rim on routes 121 and 107.
  • Turn left onto the military Mae Rim bypass road towards the Mae Rim-Samoeng (Mae Sa valley) Rd.
  • Turn left onto the Mae Sa valley 1096 road towards Samoeng.
  • Re-group, waiting for any stragglers in front of the Queen Sirikit Botanical Garden entrance.
  • Turn off north and climb up the 4027 rural road to the Mon Jaem carpark/restaurant/viewpoint at 1,275 metres.
  • Start hiking by 09.00 am. Finish hiking around by about 12.30. Most of us will probably then have lunch in our favourite local restaurant.
  • Driving time between meeting point and hiking area about 45 minutes each way.

Advice
Please bring :

  • at leasta litre of water/rehydration drink
  • money for restaurant lunch, and THB 100 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.

17/08/13_Trip Report_Mok Fa Waterfall Circular River Hike

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Somewhere in the neighbourhood of eight to twelve hikers gathered at the meeting place, and drove about 45 minutes to Mok Fa waterfall in Doi Suthep-Pui National Park just off the road to Pai. Thanks to our Thai member Bus, we had a park ranger waiting to guide us on our hike, which started at 8:30.

We were glad to have the guide, as the trail that was used previously by our group in September 2014 was quite overgrown with bamboo and other plants, and was hard to find in places. While not that aerobically demanding, the trail was fairly difficult technically as it involved a bit of bushwhacking, climbing over and under fallen bamboo, slippery slopes, and river crossings.

The trail mostly followed the trail that was used in September 2014, but at one point we were given an option to take the hill route or river route. Whereas the hill route was used in the previous hike, we opted for the river route, which was a lot of fun for most members of the group, although a bit slow and slippery in some parts. The water was knee-deep in some areas, and this route might have been a challenge without the assistance of our guide.

In total the hike was about 6km and took about 4 hours, including a swim. We had lunch and refreshments at Pankled Coffee nearby, which was pretty good.

According to the park ranger, there are other hikes available in the area, so we are looking forward to another visit sometime soon.

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17/08/13_Mok Fa Waterfall Circular Hike

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This will be a repeat of the same hike that was attempted on July 30 that we couldn’t finish due to there not being a national park guides available. We have reserved a guide this time. (A potential hiker inquired whether or not pets are permitted, and we confirmed that no, pets are not permitted.)
This is a short hike to a spectacular waterfall that should have a decent amount of water at this time of year and provide good photo opportunities. According to a previous hike report (https://chiangmaihiking.wordpress.com/2014/09/23/140921_trip-report_mok-fa-waterfall-circular-hike/), the hike itself should take about three hours and be relatively easy, but the group hasn’t hiked this trail in about three years, so some diversions and delays could arise.

There should be some swimming in the waterfall if the conditions are good, so bring a towel and/or swimming clothes if you plan to swim (however, conditions may not be favourable if there is rain). We will have lunch at a restaurant near the park entrance.

 

We will post an update regarding the weather if necessary at around 6:50 on Sunday.

 

Hike Leader: William & Waka

If you want to join

Just turn up at the meeting place on the day and on time.

We cannot accommodate groups.

Meeting Place

The meeting time and place for the Sunday hike will be 7:30 am outside the 700-Year Stadium ( see map below), for a departure at 7:40. We will share/pool cars and motorbikes and will drive to our starting point, Mok Fa Waterfall.

To get to the meeting place at the 700-Year Stadium, head straight out from the North West corner of the moat 2 km towards Doi Suthep on Huay Kaew Road (H.1004).

Turn right onto the Canal Road H.121

After 4.5 km you will see the traffic lights (don’t go into the Stadium area.)

when you are at traffic lights of 700 years stadium you will see the big parking area on canal road in front of 700 years stadium there we will meet.

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Advice

Bring :

  • around 1.5-2 liters of water or more, snacks
  • good footwear etc. hat, rain wear, insect repellent, sun-block, towel and/or swim gear
  • energy, team spirit, enthusiasm and a good sense of humour.
  • 100 baht entrance fee for foreigners, 20 baht for Thais

17/08/06_Hike Report_Wat Pong Noi to Forester’s Camp

8 human hikers and one canine companion set off under gloomy skies and with dire predictions for a good soaking. Fortunately, not for the first time, the dire predictions turned out to be closer to 100% wrong than 100% rain. For the most part the rain held off and the cloudy conditions made for very comfortable hiking. Only when we got near to the high point of the hike did we climb into the low cloud, at which point a steady rain started falling and continued until we descended below cloud level on the way back down. This made for a cool and uncomfortable snack break.

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The group photo shows seven happy smiling faces and bashful Arthit’s rear end.

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A relaxed descent allowed time for enjoying the fragrances of nature.

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Butterfly of the day is the Common Bushbrown.

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We got back to the vehicles at just after 1.30, pretty much as expected. The official stats record a distance of 14 kilometers and a total elevation gain of 850 meters.

A group of 3 of us then repaired to an Esarn restaurant just off the Canal Road, where we partook of first-class refreshments.

17/08/06_Wat Pong Noi to Forester’s Camp

Looks like the weather is following the script for light rain until it starts to pour down later! However, the hike is on.

The start point for this hike is located just behind Wat Pong Noi. We will follow a dirt motorbike trail (trial bikes only!) that climbs steadily up through primary forest to meet the Doi Suthep/ Doi Pui road at the “Forester’s Camp”, approximately mid-way between Wat Doi Suthep and Buphing Palace. Here we will make use of the old tables and benches to make a snack break.

The map below shows a loop we did last year. This time we will be less adventurous and will return to Wat Pong Noi along the same trail we took on the way up, which is the right-hand trail on the map.

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For most of the time we will be passing through primary rain forest, with one or two more open areas that afford good views to the south, cloud permitting. The ecosystem is in reasonable order with an abundance of insects (note!), lizards and birds and we put up a small group of Jungle Fowl last year.

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The outbound part of the hike is steadily uphill on a large dirt trail, with short steeper sections.

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A conservative estimate is 3 hours up and 2 hours back, with about 1/2 hour break at the top. This should place us back at the cars around 13.30.

This is not a difficult hike. Conditions are good underfoot, with no unduly steep or slippery sections. However, given the distance of around 13 kilometers and an elevation gain of some 900 meters, a reasonable level of physical fitness is required.

Michael has scouted a suitable venue for post-hike refreshments, which we will gratefully retire to at the end.

Hike Leader: 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 at 07.20 and vehicles will leave for Wat Pong Noi at 07.30.

We will meet at the open area 50 meters past the PTT gas station on Canal Road (about 500 meters south of the Suthep Road intersection (see map below – click on map to enlarge). The meeting point is only about 1 kilometer from the hike start point.

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Items to bring:

  • At least 2 liters of water or re-hydration drink.
  • A picnic lunch.
  • Strong footwear with good grip and ankle support.
  • Sticks recommended for steep downhill.
  • Sunhat, sunscreen, insect repellent.
  • Long sleeves/ pants recommended.
  • Rainwear, unless you are happy to be soaked.
  • Plenty of energy, enthusiasm, team spirit and good humour.

 

17/07/30_Hike Report_Mok Fa Waterfall Circular Hike

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Looking at the positives, we had an excellent swim at a beautiful waterfall that provided wonderful photo opportunities on Sunday. It was also a great day for walking, with no rain.

However, we did not have a successful hike due to the policies at this particular national park.

The lesson learned was that if you do intend to go hiking at Mok Fa waterfall, make sure to arrange for and reserve a national park guide in advance, otherwise the park rangers will not permit you to walk on any trails other than the short trail to the waterfall because it is “dangerous”. You can however walk on these trails if you have a national park guide, but there are not too many guides (particularly on Sunday which seems to be a busy day with visitors to the falls), so they have to be arranged for in advance.

It should also be noted that the park officials do not speak English, so arranging for national park guides will have to be done by someone with Thai language skills (thank you Bus and Yada!). Furthermore, the entrance fee for foreigners is now 100 baht for everyone, regardless of whether or not you have a local driving license.

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We will try this hike again with a national park guide on August 13, so hope to see you again then. If all goes well, we will have a lovely hike followed by a refreshing swim.

17/07/30_Mok Fa Waterfall Circular Hike

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This is a short hike to a spectacular waterfall that should have a decent amount of water at this time of year and provide good photo opportunities. According to a previous hike report

https://chiangmaihiking.wordpress.com/2014/09/23/140921_trip-report_mok-fa-waterfall-circular-hike/)

the hike itself should take about three hours and be relatively easy, but the group hasn’t hike this trail in about three years and some negotiations with park officials may be necessary, so some diversions and delay could arise.

There could be some swimming in the waterfall if the conditions are good, so bring a towel and/or swimming clothes if you plan to swim (however, conditions may not be favorable due to the high amount of rain recently). We will have lunch at a restaurant near the waterfall.

If it rains, we still plan on visiting the waterfall to try to take photos, but the actual hiking will be cancelled. This video was taken recently, so there may be good photo opportunities if there is a lot of rain.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y09fTPYW8RM

Hike Leader: William & Waka

If you want to join

Just turn up at the meeting place on the day and on time.

We cannot accommodate groups.

Meeting Place

The meeting time and place for the Sunday hike will be 7:30 am outside the 700-Year Stadium ( see map below), for a departure at 7:40. We will share/pool cars and motorbikes and will drive to our starting point, Mok Fa Waterfall.

To get to the meeting place at the 700-Year Stadium, head straight out from the North West corner of the moat 2 km towards Doi Suthep on Huay Kaew Road (H.1004).

Turn right onto the Canal Road H.121

After 4.5 km you will see the traffic lights (don’t go into the Stadium area.)

when you are at traffic lights of 700 years stadium you will see the big parking area on canal road in front of 700 years stadium there we will meet.

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Advice

Bring :

  • around 1.5-2 liters of water or more, snacks
  • good footwear etc. hat, rain wear, insect repellent, sun-block, towel and/or swim gear
  • energy,team spirit, enthusiasm and a good sense of humour.

We will post an update regarding the weather if necessary at around 6:50 on Sunday.