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18/08/12_Trip Report_Wat Pong Noi to Buphing Palace

5 hikers turned out for this hike on a beautiful morning, with the mountains clear of cloud for the first time in several days. The small group of determined hikers made short work of the hike up to the Forester’s Camp and unanimously decided to continue on to Buphing Palace. Close to our final destination we were passed by a convoy of flag-waving diplomatic limos returning from an event at the Palace.



Unfortunately just before reaching the Palace our luck ran out as we climbed above the cloud base. Frustrating glimpses of the forest below could be fleetingly seen through the cloud, but the cloud base stubbornly refused to lift. To assuage this disappointment we repaired to an excellent restaurant where a tasty balcony lunch and wide-ranging conversation were enjoyed.


Suitably fuelled, a speedy descent was made back to the vehicles where we arrived at 15.00, about 7 hours after our morning departure. Total trip estimated at 17 km length and with 1,000 meters of elevation gain.

En route a selection of colourful critters displayed for our entertainment.



Thanks to all participants for making this a very enjoyable and convivial hike.


18/08/12_Wat Pong Noi and upwards

The usual warning for this time of year. In the event of heavy rain this hike may be cancelled. Please check the website after 06.00 on Sunday morning.

This will be a fairly strenuous hike, particularly if we carry on up to Buphing Palace. A good level of physical fitness is required.

Starting at the trail-head behind Wat Pong Noi we will climb up through unbroken forest, with our ultimate destination dependent on group fitness and the weather. At the minimum we will aim for the “Forester’s Camp” an old camp and picnic site (hardly recognisable as such these days) which is located next to the main Doi Suthep Road about halfway between Wat Doi Suthep and Buphing Palace. If the group is fresh and the weather co-operative there is an option to continue on to the Viewpoint at Buphing Palace. The trip organiser will be returning to Wat Pong Noi on foot down the same trail, but silors (songthaews/redtrucks) should be available at Buphing Palace to take weary travellers back down the mountain for a small fee.


This was the Foresters Camp this time last year!

The return hike from Wat Pong Noi to the Foresters Camp is well-measured at 14km and with 850 meters of elevation gain. A guesstimate with the Buphing Palace add-on is total 17km and a round 1,000 meters of elevation gain. Up and down to the Foresters Camp is a comfortable 5 hours, maybe another 2 hours with the Buphing add-on.

Participants should bring along enough food and drink to sustain themselves.

Hike Organiser: 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.


Items to bring:

  • At least 2 liters of water or re-hydration drink.
  • A picnic lunch.
  • Strong footwear with good grip and ankle support.
  • 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.

18/08/05 Report Huay Tung Tao ridge loop


A merry band of 16 hikers and 3 K9s assembled at the start point on a cloudy and humid morning.  With the pre-hike rituals completed the group set off into the forest along a nice flat trail allowing everyone to loosen up before the hill climb commenced.  A respectable pace was made and we were soon on the dirt road and the main uphill trek.  This was also being used for a 36hr endurance race so we had a lot of company on this section of the hike.  We took a short break for water and to regroup at the top of our ascent and then continued along a quiet dirt road which contoured around the hillside and eventually took us out of the forest into farmland.  Making good progress a leisurely snack break was taken after about 2 hours hiking, unfortunately we were in the clouds so there was not really much scenery to be had but there was the occasional break which offered some views of Chiang Mai and the surrounding area.  After the break we continued along the dirt road for a few hundred metres then took a trail back into the forest and the start of the descent.  The conditions underfoot were not to slippery considering the recent rainfall but, the group did get separated somewhat and the last few hundred metres of the hike were done in many different ways due to the newly constructed road but everyone made it back and there was a full house at the restaurant.

A pretty fast time of 3hrs 40mins, distance 11kms and total ascent of 510mtrs for those interested in stats.

Thanks to all for the company and making it a fun morning, lunch was good too.  Thanks to Matt for the photo.


18/08/05 Huay Tung Tao ridge loop


The hike is ON

An update will be posted before 0630 on Sunday so, check before leaving home.

The hike starts from the Golden Buddha at Huay Tung Thao and from there climbs up the mountain onto a ridge above the lake, going first through woodland and then on dirt roads past upland farms and orchards with some nice valley views on the way. The descent is on good trails, but quite rocky in for the last 1km, back to Huay Tung Thao where those who want to can sample the delights of one of the traditional style lakeside restaurants and/or go for a swim (don’t forget to bring swimwear and towel if you want to swim).
The hike is about 12kms with an ascent of 500mtrs and expected to take 4-5 hours. It is very much an up-then-down hike so a reasonable fitness level is required.
Leader: pgb

Meeting Point & Time.
We will meet at 0745 for an 0800 start next to the Golden Buddha on the west shore of Huay Tung Thao (See map for directions). You will need to buy a ticket to enter the lake area (Thais 20Bht everyone else 50 baht). Huay Tung Thao is 12 km out of town from the north west corner of the moat.

Driving around the outside of the moat turn left onto Huay Kaeow Road after the Chiang Mai Ram Hospital. This is the road running out from the NW 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 20/50 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.
If you want to join, make sure you have read the general hiking advice on this website as well as the details in this particular post. Then if you still think the hike is for you, just turn up at the meeting place on time. No need to let us know. No groups please.

Items to bring/prepare:

  • at least 2 litres of water and/or rehydration drink
  • energy snacks and/or a picnic brunch
  • strong footwear with good grip and ankle support
  • sticks recommended
  • sunhat, sunscreen, insect repellant
  • long sleeves/pants recommended
  • plenty of energy, enthusiasm, team spirit and good humour


2018/07/29_Report_Ban Nasa hike + picnic

Once again the weather favoured us. A great deal of rain had fallen during the week, but there was very little on Sunday. The air was humid but not specially hot. The number of hikers+cooks luckily (14) fitted with the number of 4WD vehicles available (3), given that one intrepid member was happy to sit atop luggage. The hour-long drive culminated with a series of streams to be forded, and then we reached our base camp, where our leaders immediately started setting up tents and the meal site.

The hike was a loop within a valley: the first half taking us mainly through hilly forest to a small Karen village; and the second half leading downwards past a banana plantation, through a cluster of rice paddies, and along the stream.

A village weaver offered her products for sale



No choice but to get our feet wet at this point. Some made it an excuse to be wet all over.


Camouflaged spider. Photo by Waka

Returning to the start point, we enjoyed a picnic of delicious fried rice and pork cooked by Khun K & friend. Driving home, some of us took the opportunity of a short detour to see the Pha Chor canyon.


Distance hiked: 17km. Duration 5h 40m. Elevation gain/loss: 500m.

Hike leadership: Matt. Reporting by Michael. Photos by Michael and Waka.



2018/07/29_Ban Nasa hike + picnic

The hike is ON!
This is a new and special hike for us in a little-visited area of Mae Wang National Park. A lack of shops/restaurants in the area means that we will have a cooked picnic at the end, courtesy of Mr M and Khun K.
The hike takes us along a river valley and back. Total distance is 16km. Elevation gain/loss is 500m. There will be some shallow stream-crossings in which feet will get wet. But not a particularly difficult hike.
Estimated durations:  1 hour each way for driving; 5 hours for walking; at least 1 hour for picnic. So it should be possible to get back to Chiang Mai by 4pm, if you have a driver who aims for that. However, some people may also take an option of staying there overnight (Sunday-Monday). Be warned that there are no facilities other than the ground to sleep on, so people who take the overnight option must bring what they need in the way of bedding, tent, bathroom supplies etc.
Hike leader: Matt
Meeting Place: We will meet on Canal Road (121), at the open ground south of the PTT Station, south of the intersection with Suthep Road. See map.
Meeting Time: 07:15 for a departure at 07:30 sharp!
If you want to join: be sure you have read the general advice in this website (see tabs above) as well as the specific information in this post. If you still think the hike is for you, then just turn up at the meeting place on time. No big groups.
Note that we will car-pool to the hike location. Lifts in cars are usually available but cannot be guaranteed in advance. For this hike, when arranging a lift with a driver at the start-point, be specially sure to check that the driver intends to return to Chiang Mai at the same time as you do! Please offer your driver 100 Baht contribution to fuel.
as per general advice, plus:
  • extra fluids/beverages for the picnic
  • mid-hike snacks. However, food for the apres-hike picnic will be provided.
  • everything you need for surviving overnight (if staying overnight)
  • Plenty of energy, enthusiasm and good humour.

2018/07/22_Report_HTT/Mae Nai loop hike

Six hikers (including hike leader) and two canine volunteers turned up for this hike. Although the forecast suggested some thunderstorms there was only a bit of light rain, in the second and last hour of the hike, while the overcast conditions were generally conducive to walking. With a small group and the canine volunteers leading we made good progress and reached the highest part of the dirt road in just over one hour. Overnight rain made for heavy going underfoot in some sections but the rapid pace continued and we reached our snack destination (occupied by eleven motor bikers) in just over two hours and twenty minutes.

Given the rain during the week the streams were surprisingly not as high as expected and easily fordable. The buffalo corral was disappointing empty although there was considerable evidence on the ground of a recent visit. As we were making good time we abandoned the idea of a lunch stop and pressed ahead and finished the 16.4 km hike in an impressive four hours and forty minutes, given an average walking speed of just over 3.4kms per hour. The canine volunteers led from start to finish, with the only blemish on their record a brief chase after chickens in the orchard area which fortunately was swiftly contained. Afterwards we retired to one of the lakeside restaurants for food and refreshments.

Hike leadership and reporting by Stephen. Photos by Richard.