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130318-19_Khun Tan Hike

Khun Tan cabins

Khun Tan cabins


We hike up Khun Tan Mountain and stay overnight in the mission cabins at Yaw 3. This is not a difficult hike, about 8 km. mostly on forested path with a few steep climbs, and should take no more than 2.5 to 3 hrs. to reach the cabins. We will return on the afternoon train on Tuesday which is scheduled to reach Khun Tan about 1:40pm, but is usually late, so don’t count on being back in Chiang Mai before 5pm, though it may be earlier.

An alternative route up to the cabins via a waterfall may be offered from the park headquarters if the trail is in good condition according to park officials. This is a longer trail through bamboo forests, crossing several ravines on bridges, and after passing the waterfall a steep climb back up to the main trail. (There will be no coercion to choose this option.)

You must register with Janet, your hike leader, for this hike by Monday 11th March as I need to give Payap our numbers: janetkgreenleaf@hotmail.com or call me at 087-1808040

Sorry! No dogs or pets on this trip, thank you.
The new train schedule shows 2 morning trains which stop at the Khun Tan station, the first at 5:45 which is a bit early, and the second at 9:30 which I would prefer. Plan to meet at the train station at 9am. As the charge for leaving motor bikes is 40 baht/day and for cars 80 baht/day, I would suggest you may want to have alternate plans. I will leave my car at Raintree and take pubic transport to the train station. If you want to join me please be at Raintree at 8:45am.
The rail ticket is 15 baht each way and the ride takes about 1 1/2 hr. We will be met at the Khun Tan train station by a porter who can take our packs up by motorbike for a charge of 10 baht/kg (small coins/notes please). Bring identification if you are resident or have a retirement visa, as then you will pay the Thai rate of 20 baht fee for the national park; otherwise be prepared to pay 100 baht. The charge for the cabin, which includes bedding and cooking gas, is 110 baht per person, payable at the cabins.

Bring drinking water, a flashlight, warm clothing for the evening, lunch to eat during the hike up and your own breakfast for Tuesday morning. Cooking facilities, filtered water, and utensils are supplied with the cabins. There is a restaurant at the park headquarters but it is often closed, therefore best to bring our own food for the noon meal.

We will :

  • hike up from the Khun Tan train station to the NP entrance
  • need 10 baht/kg for porterage if used
  • pay 100 bt or 20 bt Park entrance according to our status
  • pay 110 bt for the bed and gas before leaving on Tuesday morning.
  • pay 60 bt and enjoy a Monday evening meal organised by Janet who will appreciate help with preparations and clearing up
  • wash up and put away any utensils used by us

If you have booked with Janet

just turn up at the meeting place on the day and on time.

We cannot accommodate groups.

Meeting Place

Chiang Mai Railway Station Main Entrance

Chiang Mai Railway Station Main Entrance


This time we will meet at 09:00 am sharp at the main entrance of Chiang Mai Railway Station (pictured above).

  • Head out to Nawarat Bridge.
  • Cross the bridge and keep going out on Charoen Mueang Rd.
  • The Railway Station is on the right after 1.9 km.
  • Enter the railway station and meet us at the main entrance to the station itself. It is better to park outside as there is a charge for parking after 20 minutes in the car park.

See the map below (click to enlarge it).

Map of the Location of the Railway Station (click to enlarge)

Map of the Location of the Railway Station (click to enlarge)

Advice

Bring :

  • around 1.5-2 litres of water or more, snack, lunch for Monday and breakfast for Tuesday morning.
  • secure plastic containers for your food and snacks else it may be eaten by overnight marauders
  • small change for expenses
  • good footwear etc. hat, mozzie repellent and sunblock
  • flashlight, warm clothing for the evening and overnight toilet essentials
  • lots of energy and good humour

Pics from a Previous Hike to This Area

Khun Tan train station and tunnel entrance


The terrace at Yaw 3 - November 2011


Early morning view from Yaw 3 - November 2011

One Response

  1. Hi Janet book one for me too.
    pam

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