Trip Report Sunday 19 April. Second group, a hike in Thepsadet coffee district.
After visiting the Thepsadet waterfall together, we hiked back and was divided in two groups. I led the shorter hike, and Mike the longer.
15 hikers in the short hike group started to hike up on a ridge that follows the water stream. On top of the ridge we had a break and a lovely view of the waterfall on the other side of the narrow valley.
From here we hiked down to a mountain village named Ban That Moei
Just before the village we met a local carpenter who produced beehives.
Outside the village we saw many of this placed in the coffee area. I was a bit curious about this so I checked it up.
“A single coffee flower is only open for three to four days when blooming. If a bee or another insect does not pollinate the flower during these days, it will wither, and no coffee bean will be produced. Clever coffee farmers take care that. There are plenty of honey bees or stingless bees for pollination in the farm.”
Reference: Food and Agriculture Organization (UN)
We continued to hike up in the coffee valley and followed a small water stream. Soon we had to start climbing again, but it was not too difficult because we followed a good motorbike trail up through the coffee area.
Well up on the next ridge we were met by a cooling breeze and nice temperature. Here at 1600 m elevation we had our well needed lunch break. The sky was blue and offered us fantastic views.
After our lunch we had an easy hike. Soon we left the ridge and hiked down in a new coffee area and arrived to a small village named Ban Pang Rai. A big group of local dogs got very upset, but Mr. S. calmed them down by offer some lovely “7 Eleven” sandwiches.
From now, it was just a short walk on the road back to our cars. Just before we arrived, we found mulberry trees along the road. Some hikers took the opportunity to pick fruits.
We drove down to the predetermined meeting point, a nice local restaurant, and waited for Mike’s group.
We had just opened our beers, and they arrived!
Sorry for bad quality of the photos. My GPS camera is a bit difficult to handle.
Distance 9.8 km
Time: 5 H 5 M
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