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“Until further notice”

Although the April covid outbreak seems to be coming under control, the prohibition on gatherings of more than ten people is still in place “until further notice” (Communicable Disease Committee Order 47), and we are not posting public hikes while this is the case.

It’s good to hear that many of our regulars are having good hikes in private smaller groups taking due covid precautions.

2021/05/02_Only private small-group hiking

There is no open hike this week or next, to comply with Order 42/2564 of the Chiang Mai Communicable Disease Committee, which prohibits events of more than ten people in the period 26 April to 9 May.

We encourage people to hike in small groups of friends, taking due care against covid transmission. Regulars may contact Michael, who might be able to put you in touch with another person to share your hike with.

2021/04/25_Trip Report_Thepsadet Waterfall

We were fortunate with the weather. Persistent overcast kept the temperature down and we were able to complete the whole hike in cool and pleasant conditions.

It was surprising to find that some major re-engineering work has been undertaken at the beginning of the waterfall trail. The old parking lot is now fenced off (why??) and parking is on the paved area around the crematorium next door. One can only hope its’ previous use has been abandoned. One driver who was not so sure chose to move his vehicle out of the firing line to the side of the road.

This was the first time the Sunday group has hiked past the Waterfall and directly from there up onto the ridge. This turned out to be a steep but well-marked forest trail that saves significantly on distance while avoiding the village.

At the Waterfall two members of the group split off to do some local exploring.

Once up on the ridge we split again with about half the group choosing to climb up to the local high point while the other half waited at the bottom. The scramble up was great fun in the cool conditions and the view from the top worthwhile. Unfortunately the far horizons were obscured by haze, but at least one could get some feeling for how lovely it is when clear.

Re-united we then followed along the ridge line with nice views to the southeast over the notorious Doi Lan “Tak” (Million Leech Mountain). About this time we became aware that Doi Lan is not the only place with leeches. They appeared in all kinds of interesting places on the body, one of the more traditional (and decent) being bravely modeled by Hanson. They seem to be particularly voracious at this time of year, with the arrival of the first rains.

Fortunately not all of the local wildlife was as hostile. There were very few beasties on view, but some lovely orchids and other interesting plants and a plentiful supply of mulberries was unearthed by the side of the final stretch of the road home.

On the way back to town we stopped off at the Leelawadee restaurant in Doi Saket for late lunch and refreshments.

Thanks to Tom for introducing the new trail, to Champ, Michael and Oliver for photographs and to Bussakorn for wearing such an appropriate T-shirt.

2021/04/25_Thepsadet Waterfall

This hike is located one hour’s drive north-east of Chiang Mai city in the mountains along the Chiang Mai-Lampang provincial border.

We will leave our vehicles in the parking lot for the Thepsadet Waterfall.


We will commence by visiting this impressive waterfall and from there ascend to the ridge line above. The route is steep in places, but not unduly difficult.

The basic hike (i.e. without the optional diversion mentioned below) is about 8km long and with a cumulative elevation gain of 500 meters, it will take about 4 hours. From the point at which we reach the ridge, a forest trail runs along the ridge-line until it intersects a paved mountain road, which will lead us steeply but sedately back down to the vehicles via an off-road diversion through a small resort on the river bank.

There is an option to climb up to the local high-point at 1,719 meters, which offers beautiful views over the surrounding mountains. This is a spur off the main trail, adding about 1.5km in distance, 200m in elevation gain and a little under a an hour in time. Unless conditions are particularly hot and hazy, this is strongly recommended.

Heat and humidity reach a maximum at this time of year. Please ensure you take along an adequate supply of drinking water, use sun screen and wear a hat.

Please bring along a snack or light lunch to eat on the trail. Those interested in a late lunch have the option of stopping in a Doi Saket restaurant on the way back to town.

Hike Organiser: Richard.

If you would like to attend: Please read the general information on this site, as well as this particular post. If you still think this hike is for you, then just turn up at the meeting place on the day and time. We will drive in convoy from the meeting place to the hike start point. Be aware that during this active phase of the Covid-19 epidemic drivers may be unwilling to share vehicles with strangers.

Meeting Point: in front of the SUSCO filling station on Highway 118 at 07.20 for a 07.30 departure.

Please bring:

  • Face mask.
  • At least 2 liters of drinking water/ rehydration drink.
  • Protection from rain and sun.
  • Energy snacks and picnic lunch.
  • Strong footwear with deep tread/ good grip and a hiking pole.
  • Lots of energy, team spirit and good humour.
  • Passengers please bring 100 Baht towards driver’s expenses and a change of shirt/ clothes.

2021/04/18_Report_Ban Mae Sapok Waterfall Loop

Despite a last-minute cancellation message (the planned leader was stymied by a flat tyre), twelve people turned up and decided to do the hike anyway. We relied mainly on Tom’s navigational skills, which did not let us down although there were a couple of slight detours. The hike was memorable for beautiful clear air, a solitary elephant, two familiar hungry dog-companions, a snake that they chased, a special beverage purchase, and an even-trickier-than-usual stream crossing.

Recent rains had generated a turbulent brown torrent, and the wooden tourist-bridge above it was barely a plank that needed two people to hold the long bamboo side-rail. The last three hikers decided to cross the wet way, but we also had the chance to admire some local people helping each expertly other over the rocks.

At the waterfall and the beach only one hiker dipped in the cocoa-coloured fluid.

We hiked perhaps a little further than the planned 8km, and took about four hours to do so. On the way home we stopped at the nearby noodle restaurant for excellent-value food and lively fellowship.

Hike leadership (de facto): Tom. Reporting by Michael. Photos by Michael, the other Michael, Champ, Nina and Bussakorn

2021/04/18 URGENT: Hike cancelled

The leader has a car problem on the morning of the hike, so THE HIKE IS CANCELLED

2021/04/18_ Ban Mae Sapok Waterfall Loop

STOP PRESS. The leader has a car problem before setting out, so THE HIKE IS CANCELLED

The main hike is a relatively easy one of about eight kms with only 400m ascent on mainly good paths. An even shorter option will be available, walking to the “beach” area and waiting for the main group there.

The hike will start close to the elephant camp and, if there are any in residence, there may be a short feeding session. The main hike will then meander up from the river, mainly through open farmland, before making our way back down to the river and the “Rambo” waterfall. As this is a relatively short hike there will be no lunch break but two snack breaks at the Rambo waterfall and the “beach” area,  at which some hikers may want to have a swim. We should complete the loop back to the elephant camp in about four hours,including stops. Afterwards we will have refreshments at a small restaurant on the way back to Chiang Mai.

Hike leader: SRR

Meeting Point & Time:
We will meet at the PTT gas station at Nam Phrae, about 20kms south of Chiang Mai on the extension of the Canal road – the Hang Dong Sanpatong bypass road. 7.45am for an 8am start.

If you want to join:
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 offer THB 100 to your driver for fuel etc. and bring a change of clothing for the return journey. Some of our car-driving hikers will also request you wear a face-mask if car-sharing with them. There may also be checks by police on the road.

Please bring:  See “Things to bring” tab above, but specially consider:

  • face-mask (mainly for in-car use)
  • hat/sunblock, as some sections of the hike do not have tree cover
  • for passengers:100 baht towards fuel costs and a change of clothes, footwear
  • bags of energy, enthusiasm and a good sense of humour

2021/04/11_Report_Big white Buddha to Luang Pu Thuat and high ridge back

The worst of the smoky season seems to be over, and our number of hikers got back into double digits. Our twelve participants included at least three returnees from southern islands.

Our bread-and-butter of our hiking was on forest paths, a bit stony but clear enough, the forest still looking dry but relieved by some young growths and blooms. This bread and butter enclosed a unique filling in the form of a visit to Wat Mae Ta Khrai, with its old Hell theme park and new giant statues of Luang Pu Thuat.

The forest hiking had its own highlights, especially in the views from the high ridge that we climbed (most of us) in the second half.

Most of us… . Yes, we lost two of our most experienced and ardent hikers at the junction between a ridge that went upwards and another one that went downwards. Not easy to see or explain in the forest which was which, and they did want to press ahead of the leader. But with GPS, phone contact and the road nearby they didn’t get badly lost, and we picked them up on the road at the end.

The upsurge in Covid-19 cases in Chiang Mai in the last week meant that restaurants were now observing a strict alcohol ban, and many were closed altogether. We counted ourselves lucky to find a local place willing to send out for soft drinks and serve simple dishes, and where there was space to talk to each other while spread out in a socially-distanced way. Many thanks to our leader for this interesting and enjoyable hike.

Distance 13.5km. Elevation gain 640m. Hike time: 5 hours, including breaks and temple visit.

Hike leadership by John. Reporting by Michael. Photos by Michael, Othmar and Bussakorn.