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120923_Trip Report_Doi Pa Kha plus Buddha’s Footprint

The number of hikers is definitely increasing this time of year. Today we had 22, many for the first time. We also had clear skies and beautiful views on the tops. As planned, we hired 2 song taos to take us up to Ban Doi Pui, costing 180 baht each round trip. Two of the hikers went by motor bike and 3 in a private car, and we all met at the village.

Assembled at Ban Doi Pui – photo Chan

After some introductions and instructions, we started out just before 9, at a moderate pace.

Starting out – photo Janet

We found the previously well-cared-for trail very over grown in places, trees blown down,

Janet tackles the obstacles – photo Chan

mud and puddles from recent rainfall, and even some leeches.

Leech check – photo Janet

Only a few hikers actually got bitten. We saw one small, black snake, but no one got a picture of it as we concentrated on scaring it off the trail.

It was about 11 when we reached the top,

On top – photo Janet

so stopped for lunch there and enjoyed the long views over the mountain ridges,

View 1 – photo Janet

View 2 – photo Chan

with mists rolling in, briefly obstructing the views, and then moving on.

At the viewing platform – photo Chan

Since 2 of the hikers claimed to know how to continue on past the Buddha’s footprint and follow a lower trail back around to the original one, we decided to try it.

View on lower trail – photo Janet

That one too was overgrown, sometimes with grass as high as our heads. But it did lead us where we wanted, so we were glad to add that to our “basket” of hiking trails.

The way back – photo Chan

Children at play near the garden – photo Chan


We were back at Ban Doi Pui by 1:30 and had 1/2 hour before the song taos were scheduled to pick us up, so we had time to look around the garden,

In the garden – photo Janet

rest

Resting and relaxing – photo Chan

and visit in one of the salas before heading back down. I saw lots of smiles and heard much laughter and chatter, so think all enjoyed the company, if not the leeches.

Small flowers – photo Janet

Flower – photo Chan

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