Arboretum to Wat Doi Suthep
This hike requires a reasonable level of fitness!!!
We will start from the Arboretum and immediately start climbing up along the Huay Kaew Waterfall. Then we cross the main road and keep going up and up and up. Actually the first 5 km are one long ascend. When we have reached the highest point of the hike we are at an elevation of about 1075 meters. This is about 725 meter higher than our starting point, so it’s a good moment to enjoy a high energy snack to make up for all the calories lost.
The hike now continues almost horizontally for another almost 5 km through beautiful forest with some very big trees. The hike ends when we reach the road near the temple of Doi Suthep (elevation 1025 meter). From here we will take a Song Taew back to the Arboretum. But of course you may decide to stay a bit longer here and visit the temple or have lunch. Total distance will be about 10 km.
The beauty of this hike is that we walk through different types of forest. We start in rather dry deciduous forest and as we get higher the forest gets denser and greener until we are in an evergreen jungle when we reach the highest point of the hike. Also, as we get higher we gradually escape from the hot temperatures of Chiang Mai city.
If you want to join
Just turn up at the meeting place on the day. There is no need to let us know you are coming unless you are coming in a big group.
We will meet at 8:00 AM sharp at the Arboretum.
Take a bit of money for the Song Taew back from wat Doi Suthep to the Arboretum. Last time we paid 40 or 50 Baht per person.
Bring around 2 liters of water or more, some kind of lunch or snacks, good footwear, hat, walking stick, insect repellant, sunblock, etc.
Here are two maps showing the track from Arboretum to Wat Doi Suthep. The point marked with Y is the highest point of the hike.
Three photos as a preview of what to expect during this hike.
The Arboretum (otherwise known as Suan Luukachaat Huay Kaeow or Huay Kaeow Excercise park) is out along Huay Kaeow Rd.
From the moat driving out along Huay Kaeow Rd you will immediately pass Kad Suan Kaeow shopping mall on the left.
Go straight on through the first big intersection Amari Rincombe intersection.
Go straight on further past the Phucombe intersection (you will see a dunkin doughnut on the corner).
Go past the front entrance to Chiang Mai University.
After less than a kilometre you will see a small park on your left. This is the arboretum.
We meet at the car park just after the arboretum, well before Chiang Mai Zoo. It is a small car park, at the back there are some food stalls, away from the road. We meet about 10 meters in from the road.
See the maps below (click to enlarge them).
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