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140518_Bua Tong Waterfall loop

the waterfall

A 10-12 km (see update below) loop with a climb of about 500m, but nothing terribly steep. Along a fairly level ridge, and then a slightly longer, but reasonably gentle, descent.  Quite a lot of rocky and stony ground, so thick-soled, ankle-supporting footwear recommended.  A couple of small stream crossings near the end of the hike.

Although the lower parts of the route have suffered greatly from deforestation, the walk is still enjoyable and there seems to be quite a lot of wildlife in the area (nowhere to hide?).  We start at quite a low level (500m) and only climb up to about 900m and there is not much shade in many areas – unless very cloudy – so bring plenty of drinking water.  It will be nice to cool off in the calcified waterfall at the end of the hike. Local cave temple and spring to investigate  too.

MPV

Don’t disturb the wildlife! Highly venomous Malayan Pit Viper en route

While exploring the area, in addition to the Malayan pit viper, we saw woodpeckers, an indian roller, some kind of eagles in the far distance, and some noisy white breasted waterhen, as well as a moth just emerging from its recently-moulted skin…

Moth

minor obstacle

The things we do for you guys – getting to the start point!

Hike leaders: Mike, Rimma, Peter and Chan.

Our loop

Our loop

Meet: in front of Ruam Chok market, just past the McDonald’s in front of the Meechok Plaza/Rimping Supermarket on highway 1001 (just N of the middle ring road junction) before 07.30.   We will car share out about 50 kms along the Phrao road to the waterfall car park, leaving some vehicles there and taking the others (especially any tough pickups or 4WD vehicles) a further few kms to the hike start point.  Tough guys will need to walk a bit further if we don’t have enough 4WD vehicles Updates: Anders is indisposed so the fast guys will probably have to wait for the peleton quite often. Also, all may need to hike the extra 1.7 km if the rain has made the dirt road impassable.  

Meet map

Bring:

  • at least 2-3 litres of water or rehydration drink
  • sun, rain and insect protection
  • strong footwear for the stony/rocky trail, stick/trekking pole for balance
  • swimwear, towel and change of clothes for the waterfall
  • snacks (and perhaps lunch if you can’t wait for the waterfall chicken, rice and somtam)
  • plenty of energy, enthusiasm and good humour
  • 150 baht for your driver if car-sharing
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3 Responses

  1. Hello All, this is Annie. I am one of the active hike leaders of Hong Kong Hiking Meetup Group with over 10,000 members. Usually I lead about 10 hikes (10-20km) per month in Hong Kong while other organizers host other day/night hikes which makes 60-90 events in a month. We are active participants of the 100km Oxfam Trailwalker event.

    Currently I am staying in Chiang Mai 3 weeks and very interested in joining your group to explore the nature. I need help on reaching the meeting point by 730am Sunday morning. My location is old city Sompet Market. Appreciate if any hiker could share a ride. Thanks!

    Available to hike on any weekdays also. Email .

    • Hi Annie,
      Hope you can make it. Can’t pick you up myself on Sunday but I can send your email address to anyone who offers a lift to you. Best not to publish it here for spam/security reasons.

  2. Use of English 101

    Peleton-the main group of riders in a road race.
    Huddled and unwashed masses may have been a more appropriate describtion.

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