Posted on 23/01/2013 by chiangmaihiking
This is a moderate hike for fit hikers. The starting point is Wat Pratat Doi Suthep and the finishing point is the arboretum. We will organize transport with song tao to the temple. From there we walk up to the 5 way junction where we will stop for a short break before continuing on down to a lychee orchard and a side trail to the “hidden waterfall”. Depending on the hour and whether hikers are hungry, we may take a longer break to eat our pack lunches under the lychee trees. At the far end of the orchard, a trail takes us down to a stream which hopefully still has a large log across it for crossing. We then follow a narrow trail through the forest which leads to the main trail back down to the Doi Suthep road, where we cross it to Wang Bua Baan. If we haven’t eaten yet, this is a lovely spot to do so. From here we continue on down along side Huay Gaew and back to the arboretum. I would estimate 5 hours to complete the hike at a moderate pace.
Hike Leader: Janet
If you want to join
Just turn up at the meeting place at the right time on the day.
We cannot accommodate groups.
This time we will meet at 07:50 for an 08:00 hours start in the car park of the Huay Kaeow Arboretum (also known as the exercise park).
- Head straight out from the moat 3.5 km towards Doi Suthep on Huay Kaeow Road.
- The arboretum is on the left after the front entrance to Chiang Mai University and just before the entrance to the Zoo.
- The car park of the arboretum is at the end of the park near the zoo.
See the maps below (click to enlarge them).
The location of arboretum from the moat of the old city
A more detailed map of the location of the arboretum
- around 1.5-2 litres of water or more, snacks and picnic lunch
- small money for song tao (40 baht).
- good footwear etc. hat, rain wear, insect repellent and sun-block
- energy, enthusiasm and a good sense of humour.
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