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120902_Trip Report_Janet’s Hike

The Group


Eleven hikers opted for the “easy” hike, but were probably deceived as it was not all that easy. We car pooled out to Wat Pa Thammachat and started on the trail about 9am. The leader had forgotten there were many rather tricky climbs, and we found the trail quite overgrown in many places. Twice we deviated from the right trail, but still soon found our way back on to it. The climb down and back up at the smaller waterfall was the usual scramble.

Climbing up from the small waterfall – photo Janet

The group seemed to enjoy the challenge of climbing a trail-less, rocky hill, and then arriving at Mae Dteut waterfall by climbing in over big rocks.

Small Waterfall on the Mae Dteut trail- photo Chan

The greatest excitement though was the snake we found coiled resting on the trail.

Deadly poisonous – Malayan Pit Viper – photo Chan

We almost didn’t see it, and might have stepped on it but for the good eyes of one hiker. And then we had to pass it again on the way back, and still found we didn’t see it at first. I hope to be able to get it identified, and if so will add that to this report. The big waterfall of Mae Dteut was an impressive sight, and we enjoyed our lunch break there, returning to the cars at 12:45.
Janet

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4 Responses

  1. Malayan pit viper? Very venomous 😦

  2. As mentioned on our hike yesterday, I suspect it is a Malayan pit viper (Calloselasma rhodostoma), which is quite dangerous. I am really glad no one stepped on it.

  3. The snake may be a Russels viper-venomous and quite deadly. Best to avoid.

  4. Difficult to to say; hope an expert can analyse your full-resolution photo, or other photos you may have of it.

    To me (non-expert), most similar to the rather dangerous Malayan Pit Viper.

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