At 8:00 we met at the Arboretum and as we were only 9 persons (6 men, 3 women) and 2 dogs we used our own transport to drive up the mountain to Baan Doi Pui. At 8:35 we were all there and started the hike. The first few kilometers took us through green forest below Doi Pui, followed by a climb to the Buddha’s footprint where we arrived at 10:00. Here we had a short rest to eat our snacks and drink some water. Unfortunately the sky was not very clear today so the views were not as good as expected. But we enjoyed the weather as up here it is so much cooler than in town.
After our rest we continued for another 500 meters along the ridge and then turned left on a small trail. This is where we found a green snake in the middle of the track. We were lucky to see it because even the dogs didn’t see the snake and walked right over it, but luckily they didn’t get bitten. After enjoying the beauty of some nice flowers we continued the trail back to Baan Doi Pui where we ended the hike just after 12:00. We had covered a distance of just over 10 km. Five of us then still enjoyed a nice chicken curry in one of the local restaurants.
One of our hikers has identified the snake: The snake has a very characteristic head shape that identifies it as an Oriental Whip Snake. Although it is related to the cobras, it is harmless to humans (and dogs) because the position of the fangs in the back of the throat means it cannot inject venom into a large animal. It feeds on small lizards.
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