Six intrepids chose the “difficult” hike today and took off from our
meeting point to Ban Khun Chang Kien, arriving about 10am. By our
reckoning the Wat Palad group would have been well on their way back
We organized ourselves at the village coffee shop, where we met up
with the same puppy who’d walked with us on Thursday.
We, including our puppy nicknamed “Lucky”, started downhill along
vehicle tracks through some beautiful valleys, initially forested but
then through orchards, passing many salas and farm houses.
Unfortunately we encountered a brief shower on the way down, making
the way a bit slippery, but the views, setting and company more than
We managed to find the shortcut down a very overgrown path to another
vehicle track ascending back to our starting point. This is the lowest
point on the route, at 804m altitude and some 500m below the village
From here it was a short climb to our lunch stop near a house on a
After lunch, our ascent began in earnest. Steep road, plus an even
steeper shortcut bypassing a loop in the road. After a few rest stops
we gained (and not before time) the top near the school. Thereafter
an easy walk through the village (Lucky needed carrying at this point
to avoid some nasty dogs) to our noodle shop for coffee and snacks by
2pm, whereupon the heavens opened. Brilliant timing!
Thanks to all that came and added to the experience.
I think this route has a definite place in our repertoire of routes,
so here’s a brief route description:
Pass entrance arch to Baan Khun Chang Kien on main track from CMU coffee shop.
Reach sign “Mae Rim, Chiang Mai” at crossroads. L goes to Queen’s
botanic gardens, straight to a dump, take R to Chiang Mai.
Follow road until road to R with a tie round a tree and paper sign
attached to tree.
Follow this road until three 1/2″ blue pipes on L where road cuts into
hillside. There is a grassy path to the R, which rapidly peters out.
Continue through this soft cultivated area down following the top of
the ridge. It’s not too far but quite steep to get to another road.
Turn R at the road. Can follow road all the way up till it reaches the
Look for a steep easily seen and well defined path to the R where the
road turns back on itself to the L. It’s at the top end of the last of
the plantations, starts in a small clearing before entering the
forest. Path goes to a small sala on the road. Turn right and it
takes you the rest of the way to the eastern part of the village.
There is a further shortcut to the village after the sala, which we
found on Thursday but failed to find this time. It’s again a well
defined path on the R which goes direct to the viewpoint sala at the
East end of the village.
I hope to post a gps trail when I get it.
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