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140525_ Trip Report_Valley hike in Op Khan National Park

Sunday hike 25 May 2014
Hiking report Sunday May 25
First of all I will add some statistics and comments.
22 hikers obeyed the orders from the hiking guide.
6 naughty students led by Mr. S., was not listening to the teacher, and they were obviously lost in the jungle. These were later on rescued by the teachers emergency vehicle.
1 free spirit made his own hike. Mr. P.
A total of 29 hikers
Distance 11.1 km
Hiking time 3 hours and 12 minutes
Ok, now back to the traditional hiking Report.
We car pooled for 30 minutes up to the village of Ban Huai Kwang, in Op Khan National Park, a remote village which is accessed through a narrow and winding mountain road from the main road to Samueng. The village is known as a Royal project for the cultivation of vegetables, fruits and herbs.

At the carpark at the remote village

At the carpark at the remote village

We wandered south in the valley on a dirt road. We turned westward after 1 km, up on the forest road that led to the next village, the water buffalo village. In the mountain pass, we chose to hike instead on the old path down to the village.
Down on the old trail to the village

Down on the old trail to the buffalo village

We saw a cave on our way down. My idea was to send Mr. S. for an exploration expedition. But we canceled, because the cave looked quite small.
The Cave, big or small?

The Cave, big or small?

In the village of Ban Mae Khanin Nuea, along the main road to Samueg (Water Buffalo Village) was the traditional group photo taken. The village has a water buffalo as their symbol. A buffalo made in canvas. Luckily we took the photo, because all the buffaloes in the village valley were gone.
Our Buffalo

Our Buffalo

We wandered south in the valley, following the river. We were looking for our buffaloes, but they were disappeared without a trace.
The Buffalo valley

The Buffalo valley

Buffaloo nest. But where are they?

Buffaloo nest. But where are they?

Because of the recent week’s rain, we had some problems in all the river crossings .But everyone were in a good mood, so there were no problems.
River crossing

River crossing

Careful, I got new shoes!

Careful, I got new shoes!

The one and only.The matser of river crossing

The one and only.The master of river crossing

After 4 km, we wandered up eastward and came back to the valley that we started from. Now it was very hot. The sun was like a frying pan there we hikers were fried in. But the goal was near. 2 km hike in the valley back to our cars and motorcycles.
The lovely valley Royal Project

The lovely valley Royal Project

Once there, the question was, where are xxx.??
After some confusion, no mobile coverage and general bickering, we decided to wait at the restaurant. But what happens then,(?) yes, before we were leaving the carpark, Janet’s phone was ringing.
The lost sheep’s are back in the water buffalo village!
Emergency vehicle in progress… The rest is history….
But after a few Chang and Leo at the Bamboo House, all were forgiven.
Happy hikers at the Bamboo House

Happy hikers at the Bamboo House ,Buy 3 beer ,pay for 2

A nice hike with many jokes and laughs.


4 Responses

  1. Apologies to all who followed suspect hike leader who got lost for second week in a row – a personal best.

  2. Sorry the 6 got lost, they couldn’t keep up with me so I left them. Not sure where they could have gone wrong, the track was fairly obvious. I was back at the cars within 3 hours. Took a trip up to the waterfall sign we saw on the way up, the waterfall wasn’t very impressive. Lots of hiking tracks in the area though.

  3. Anyone fancy 700 year stadium to Ban Chang Kian on Wednesday at 7am? Only 18Km for the round trip (and 1Km up).

  4. If anyone knows how to contact Sabine, the German lady with the white Chevy car, please ask her to call Scott at 084 223 6220. I left some belongings in her car. Thank you.

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