It seems that winter has finally come to Thailand.
This Sunday morning gave us a blue sky and comfortable temperature.
21 hikers and two dogs met up at the meeting point, near the Night Safari, eight o’clock.
Carpool 20 minutes up to the start of the hike, on the beautiful Samueng road.
When we arrived it was a little uproar. Our proposed parking space was occupied
by five coaches. But after a bit of juggling we managed to find parking for our
cars and motorcycles
08: 45 we came away. Strolled up in the morning
sun, beautiful views of Doi Suthep and Doi Pui. Where the dirt road ended, we
continued up through the orchards.After a total of an hour of hiking, we were up at
the foot of the mountain. We wandered up now on a path through a jungle of
giant bamboo. Where the trail ran out, was our first cave. Some avid hikers
were already down in the cave. The rest of us climbed down carefully with the
help of our rope. One hiker had his own rope, Mr. P. Good extra help!
The cave was unfortunately empty of bats. The
locals probably had captured them. We found some nets on the cave floor.
Richard is a cave enthusiast, and he tried to climb up in a shaft of light.
When the photo sojourn was over, we climbed up and hiked up to the high plateau
on a new easy trail,, a new path we discovered this week. Tired and
, we arrived to the highland. Took our lunch in a
farmers hut, surrounded by cornfields. We had a perfect outlook here, between
two heights in the distance, we saw the dirt road to our next cave…
We walked down through the cornfields. It was now
pretty hot, but suddenly it came a cool breeze, everyone was happy.
At the big cave, had the eager hikers already made
their visit. The rest of us hiked slowely in, and today had the local people
lit candles for Buddha. Richard and Anders made a serious attempt to find the
cave’s end point.
Afterwards, we walked back in the open countryside.
We came down to the village, and there was now a new local cafe. Lucky for us!
Cold Cokes and drinks.
Total hiking time: 6 hours.
The eager hikers: about 5 hours.
Pam had pre-ordered our lunch, so it stood more or less on the tables when we arrived at the Idol Cafe!
Thank to every body for joining us and hope to see you again next hike.
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