Eleven hikers and 3 dogs met in the area of the foot of Doi Kham. After some initial confusion about the leaders’ chosen starting point, we set off on a wide dirt track which soon came to the Night Safari fence and followed it for about ½ km. We did see one tiger in his cage looking out at us as though we were the ones caged. If we had not been making so much noise we should have seen more animals roaming freely.
After about ½ km. we took off uphill, away from the fence, on a leaf covered gravel path and continued more or less uphill until we reached a high ridge where we could look south and west to the Samoeng Rd. with Wat Pa Thammachat clearly in view. There we paused long enough to take some pictures of a colorful and purportedly very poisonous caterpillar, which appeared ready to defend itself, and also get a group photo.
Although the trail we were on continued on straight, we here took a right turn onto a trail though tall trees, taking us gradually downhill. From here on we alternately descended and climbed again onto other ridges, heading back towards Doi Kham.. At one point we turned left onto a smaller trail rather than following the main trail which would have brought us back to the fence back of the Night Safari. This brought us up again to another ridge where we were at times looking down on the Night Safari complex. It was a fairly steep descent then to the road which runs along the opposite side of Doi Kham than where we had started. And so we walked up to the temple, thorough it to the viewingplatform, and then down the more than 450 stairs to our starting point.
Total distance covered was 6.46 km. and elevation gain was 468 meters.
A very good hike through beautiful forest and nice view points!
Following photos submitted by Chan
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