Eleven hikers meet 8am at the arboretum for this rather long day hike. The pollution was quite evident, and there were no good views down anywhere along the way, even up high. Our usual songtao organizer drove us up to the campsite in good time and let us off right in front of the “nature trail” with it’s big “BEWARE OF LEECHES” sign. Since this is not the season for leeches we had no fear. The trail was only a bit steep, slippery with leaves, but pleasant and easy to follow, so in about 45 minutes we were on top of Doi Pui.
The group were a real joy to be with and stayed fairly close together for the whole day. After a short stay on the top for pictures we headed down to the big picnic tables and right on down the north face of Doi Pui, slipping and sliding on the pine needles, sometimes temporarily seated, but all arrived safely at the bottom. Since we were making such good time we decided to have our coffee at the CMU coffee plantation shop. The short cut gate was closed and a worker standing inside motioned us to walk around on the road,which probably added another km. to the length of the hike, but then we had a big welcome from the lovely lady who serves the coffee as we were the only customers there.
After about 1/2 hr. over our coffee, we headed back along the road to Ban Khun Chang Khian and continued right through the village to the trail down. Just below the trail we saw a new wooden house with a large family busy leveling the ground around the house.
And so we walked on down to the 5 way junction, arriving at 12:15 for a leisurely lunch break. From there down to the Wat Suthep seemed a long way, with a few uphills, easy water crossings, and some trees down on the trail. We had told the driver to meet us at 2:30, and we were at the meeting point at 2:15. Not bad! All expressed thanks for a good hike. Janet
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