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18/02/18_Two Waterfalls Loop

This is a fairly easy hike, suitable for most people. It should take about 3-4 hours, depending on how long we take for breaks. We will meet at the Arboretum at 7:30, starting and ending there, so no need for car sharing.

The hike begins following a path off the main road up to Huay Kaew waterfall and continuing up to Wang Bua Ban, crossing the road and continuing up to the right hand fork which leads to Chang Khian waterfall. There we will stop as long as necessary to enjoy the water and have a snack break. I don’t know how much water there will be, but come prepared to get wet if you enjoy that. Afterward we will work our way back down to the road near the Boy Scout Camp and stop for refreshments at the NeoCafe along that road before turning right and continuing back to the main road, exiting via the Seismic Center and walking back down to the arboretum.

Bring a snack, money for refreshments, and a bathing costume if you want to go in the water. As always, bring energy and humor.

 

Hike Leader: Janet

If you want to join

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

No groups, but dogs are welcome.

Meeting Place

This time we will meet at 07:30 in the car park of the Huay Kaeow Arboretum (also known as the exercise park). There is no need to let us know you are coming.

  • Head straight out from the moat 3.5 km towards Doi Suthep on Huay Kaeow Road.
  • The arboretum is on the left after the front entrance to Chiang Mai University and just before the entrance to the Zoo.
  • The car park of the arboretum is at the end of the park near the zoo.

See the maps below (click to enlarge them).

The location of arboretum from the moat of the old city

The location of arboretum from the moat of the old city

A more detailed map of the location of the arboretum

A more detailed map of the location of the arboretum

 

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18/02/11_Trip Report_Foggy Sea View

16 hikers assembled at the meeting point at the Esso gas station, which proved to be a very acceptable alternative to 700 Stadium, offering a large parking area, shop and facilities. The convoy out to FGS went off without a hitch and the group assembled in front of the village church for a group photo just before 09.00. Shortly after setting off we were delighted to be joined by two old friends who had managed to miss us on the way out and who can be identified by comparing the before and after group photos below.

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The before group photo with 15 happy faces

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The after group photo with 17 happy faces

For the second visit in a row Foggy Sea View had transformed itself into Fogless Sea View, but at least the haze in the valley below had dissipated somewhat since mid-week and continued to clear as the day wore on, so that by late morning we were treated to some magnificent panoramic views.

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Fogless Sea View with Haze 

Notable events during the hike were a pleasant snack break in the sun-dappled surroundings of an abandoned resort, a meeting with a Paris Peacock butterfly, renewed acquaintance with a grand old tree and the sight of a palace in well-watered grounds that has suddenly popped up in the middle of nowhere.

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Luxury accommodation a la Fogless Sea View

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Snack time in a sun-dappled luxury resort

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Butterfly of the day: a Paris Peacock

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The gigantic tree of Janet’s memory

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My paradise palace

Post-hike consultation suggests we covered 10km of distance, with 400m of total elevation gain in a time of 3 1/2 hours. This left plenty of time for lunch at the Thermadoi restaurant chatting, admiring the view and relaxing with each hiker’s favoured beverage.

 

 

18/02/11_Phu Talay Mork (or to the cognoscenti Foggy Sea View)

Please read the information in this posting and more generally on the site and make sure you are adequately prepared. Specifically on this hike you should be aware of the following: at one point we need to bushwhack down a steep slope (balance), in more open areas the trail will sometimes pass through head-high grass with occasional thorns (long pants recommended) and some sections of the road are open and exposed to the sun (sun block and hat).

This hike is themed around a well-known local viewpoint which is famous during the cool season for the sight of clouds filling the valley floors between ranges of hills stretching westwards into the blue distance (the eponymous sea of fog). The clouds were in evidence during last week’s recce, but partially obscured by the dry season pollution haze that has started to infiltrate into the valleys. The pine-clad crest of the high ridge we will be hiking on, however, stands blissfully above the grime below.

lord-of-all-he-surveys

We have hiked this area just once before, four years ago (Sunday hikes that is, there have been multiple exploratory attempts). For those with long memories the route will be much the same, but with some nice bits added and the most strenuous part removed. What remains is a modest 10km long with an elevation gain of about 500 meters and should be completed in 4 hours including snack break.

We will start in the village of  Ban Buak Toei and follow a wide forest trail up on to the ridge line and viewpoint, where we will pause to admire the view to the west. The lovely wide trail along the ridgeline quickly deteriorates into a faint forest trail that is difficult to follow in places. General direction clear, but don’t blame the Organiser for some minor excursions into the undergrowth. This section of the hike comes to an end with an unavoidable steep off-trail vegetated slope that links with a separate trail below. There are plenty of handholds but beware, some of them bear sharp thorns.

From this point the route is more open, passing along clear trails to an abandoned resort, where we will stop for a snack. Some more open trail follows until we reach a quiet road that contours along the eastern side of the ridge and gives magnificent views over Mon Chaem and the southern side of the Mae Sa Valley. Initially the road is paved, but we soon turn right onto a dirt road that leads back to the cars. Just before the end we will turn right off the road towards the viewpoint and thence down the initial section of our out-trail in order to avoid a busy village road.

We will make a point of staying together on this hike. There are several roads and small trails leading off and, strangely for such a benign-looking area, these are usually bad news.

We should finish this hike at lunchtime. Hikers can either go home early or stop for lunch on the way back. The scenic Thermadoi Restaurant is only a few kilometers off our route back to town and is the Organiser’s favoured option.

Meeting Point and Directions:

We will meet at 07.30 at the Esso gas station on the west side of the Chiang Mai to Mae Rim road (Highway 107), just south of the City Hall intersection. For those coming from town, the Esso is to be found shortly after passing the Lanna Golf Club and is clearly signposted (there is also an Esso more or less opposite on the east side of the road). This new meeting place has been necessitated by a large event in the Canal Road area that renders our normal meeting place at 700P untenable.

As usual we will carpool and travel in convoy to the hike starting point. The route will take us north up Highway 107 and via the shortcut that by-passes Mae Rim onto Highway 1096 to Samoeng. The turn-off for the hike is on the right about 10 kilometers after passing through Pong Yaeng Village and is onto a narrow hard-topped road at the top of a steep hill. There is a sign for Phu Mork Dao Resort, but this junction is easily missed and care is required.

Note: this time we will park down in the village and not at the top of the hill as last time.

Hike Organiser: Richard

Please read the general information on this site as well as this particular post. If you still feel this hike is for you, just turn up at the meeting point on the day and time. No need to let us know you are coming. Please be advised that we cannot accommodate groups.

Seats in cars are generally available, but cannot be guaranteed.

Advice:

Please bring:

  • At least 2 liters of water/ rehydration drink
  • A snack
  • For passengers: 100 Baht towards fuel costs and a change of clothes/ footwear
  • Hat and sun block
  • Long pants recommended
  • Energy, enthusiasm and good humour

 

 

 

 

18/02/04_Report_Doi Pui Summit Loop

A group 25 hikers turned up for this trek on a cool and overcast morning.  After meeting at the Arboretum to arrange transportation, we car pooled to Ban Hmong Doi Pui, already crowded with tourist-filled songthaews by the time we arrived.  After the customary group photo [PHOTO] in the parking area, we proceeded up through the village and onto a gradually rising trail through a lush highland forest.

After an easy two kilometer hike, the trail became more challenging, rising more than 300 meters up a forested ridge while offering glimpses of the misty valley below.  After spreading out a bit to accommodate different climbing paces, we successfully reassembled on the paved summit road at the top of the ridge.  It was then but a short hike down to the viewpoint below the summit where we took an early lunch break and enjoyed the views now opening up under mixed sunshine and clouds.

At this juncture, one of our party elected to descend on a more strenuous route which no doubt delivered him to the bottom of the mountain before we returned.  The remaining group of 24 then backtracked to scale the summit of Doi Pui for photos before descending the nature trail toward the campground. Small puddles of water on the trail and moisture on the vegetation suggested it had recently rained.

At the summit

Reaching a dirt road, we left the trail and quickly rejoined the paved summit road leading back down the mountain.  After a short time we turned right down another trail and completed the loop by descending steeply though a forest, then temple grounds, and finally down a steep set of steps back into the village.  There we all enjoyed a lunch and liquid refreshments at two small restaurants before driving back to starting point at the Arboretum.

The youth team (minus Keir)

Total distance covered: 9.8 km., elevation gain: 628 meters, time elapsed, including breaks and lunch: 4 1/2 hours.

Hike initiation and report by Michael G. Photos by Michael M and Andrew.

 

18/02/04_Doi Pui Summit Loop

This Sunday we are planning a high altitude trek to the summit of Doi Pui which hopefully will include cool breezes and beautiful views of the surrounding countryside. The hike begins at Ban Hmong Doi Pui, a popular tourist destination at about 1200 meters elevation. From the village we proceed on a gradually rising trail through a highland forest for about two kilometers until reaching a saddle with a large valley opening to the north. At the saddle we turn right and climb a steep ridge through a more open pine forest with impressive views into the valley below. At about 1500 meters we reach the paved road that leads to the summit.

We plan to initially bypass the summit and instead descend to a viewpoint on the ridge leading north.

At the viewpoint we’ll take a break, rehydrate and indulge in snacks or sandwiches. Having refreshed ourselves, we’ll turn around and ascend the ridge to the summit of Doi Pui (1685 meters), where pictures can be taken with the summit sign in the background (Alas, there are no views at the summit).

Descending the nature trail from the summit we soon return to the paved road leading down the mountain. After a short time we turn right and complete the loop by descending steeply though the forest, then through a monastery and temple grounds, and finally down a steep set of steps back into the village. At the village we can enjoy a delicious lunch and liquid refreshments at any of several small restaurants.

This hike will be about 10 kilometers in length with about 600 meters of total elevation gain. Most of the hike is under the forest canopy and it should be relatively cool at this high elevation. The total hike including the lunch stop in the village should take about five hours. Allow another hour and a half for the drive from the arboretum to the village and back.

NOTE: There are several places along this route where you could get lost if you are not familiar with the trails. To avoid getting lost, please consult with one of the leaders before separating from the group.

Hike Initiators: Michael G, Janet and Michael M

 

Meeting Place:

Meet at 07:45 in the car park of the Huay Kaeow Arboretum (also known as the exercise park).

Head straight out from the moat 3.5 km towards Doi Suthep on Huay Kaeow Road.
The arboretum is on the left after the front entrance to Chiang Mai University and just before the entrance to the Zoo.
The car park of the arboretum is at the end of the park near the zoo.
See the maps below (click to enlarge them).

 

 

Advice:

We’ll arrange car pools at the arboretum for the drive to the village, but there are no guarantees there will be room for everyone. However, it’s possible to arrange songthaew transport to and from the village if we do not have enough vehicles for everyone.

As per the normal advice (see tabs at top of page), except:

  • Something warm to wear in case it is cold at the top of Doi Pui.
  • At least two liters of water and snacks or a light lunch.
  • 100 baht for your driver if you are carpooling.
  • Plenty of smiles and a positive attitude.

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18/01/28_Report_Ob Khan loop

Sunday turned out to be a perfect Northern Thailand sunny ‘winter’s day’. A total of 25 hikers turned up for the hike lured possibly by the promise of a stunning river walk. The convoy of vehicles then made its way to Ob Khan National Park.As advertised, the first half of the trail at Ob Khan comprised many up and downs, some short difficult sections, some portions covered by fallen bamboo, plus little bridges that had become virtually unusable.

Three hikers turned back to the start during the first half, following the fall of one of the party. There they waited for the remainder to finish the hike. Two more hikers also fell during this period, but fortunately no-one broke any bones.

After a halt and a swim for some in the cooling steady-flow waters of the picturesque Nam Mae Khan river, the trail thereafter included rock-hopping and rock-scrambling as the group made its way down the rocky valley. In the latter stages, the valley narrowed spectacularly into a gorge, creating fine photographic opportunities.

All but two hikers headed en masse to the Phufinn Terrace restaurant to the west of the Grand Canyon water park following the hike, with its splendid views to the east across the flat-lands south of Chiang Mai. The general consensus was a great place to conclude a super hike.

Hike initiation by Peter D and Jume. Report by Peter D. Photos by Tam and Jume.

18/01/28 Op Khan River Valley Loop

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Please be aware, these hikes are volunteer led and you are responsible for your own safety at all times. If car-sharing, please bring a change of shirt/clothes and Bt.100 to contribute to your driver’s fuel costs. Seats in cars not guaranteed.

This is a relatively short, unhurried circular hike of 5 – 6 km through forest and then alongside the Nam Mae Khan river. Probably about 3 hours plus lunch, swim & rest stops. We start at an elevation of 340m and rise to a maximum of 475m (less than 300m total elevation gain/loss). There are many up and downs along the trails and possibly some short difficult sections where the trail has been destroyed by landslips, covered by fallen bamboo (common cobra habitat), or little bridges have become unusable. Part of the trail is along a stream bed but no need to get wet feet. Another part involves climbing over big boulders alongside the river and negotiating short-distance rock clambering. Besides hiking on two legs some of us might prefer to scramble up on all fours or slide down on our bums occasionally!  Some narrow trails above steep drops. The return section can be very hot in the rocky river valley around lunchtime. The river is not so deep at the moment but swimming is possible in several places, so bring your cozzie.

There will be an option to eat and drink at the Phufinn restaurant following the hike. This is situated close to and to the west of the Grand Canyon water park.

Hike initiators: Peter D and Jume S
If you want to join just turn up at the meeting place on the day. No need to let us know you are coming. No groups please. No seats in cars guaranteed. We will then carshare out to the Ob Khan NP HQ, about an hour south of town.
Meeting Place:

We will meet at 8:15am for an 8:30 start at the open ground immediately after the first traffic lights S after Suthep market on the irrigation canal road (H.121), just after the PTT petrol station (which has toilets, 711 and fuel). Meeting place GPS co-ordinates: 18° 47.002′ N  98° 57.512′ E

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Hike start/end point: 18° 43.155′ N  98° 49.413′ E

Please bring:
* at least 2 litres of water/rehydration drink
* energy snacks and a picnic lunch
* sunhat, sunscreen, strong ankle-supporting footwear,
* long sleeves & pants recommended against sun and sharp spiky vegetation.
* plenty of energy, enthusiasm, good humour and team spirit
Please note: neither pets nor alcohol are allowed in this national park area, according to signs