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15/06/14_Trip report_Sai Yoy waterfall hike

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Twenty-four hikers met at the Nature Study Center meeting point for Sunday’s hike. There was a bit of confusion trying to determine who would go up the hill by either motorcycle, car or songtaew. Fifteen squeezed into a songtaew, one private car and the rest headed up the hill by motorcycle. We had agreed to meet at the Temple steps. At that point we were down one, but a few calls and we were again all together. Or so I thought, two apparently dropping out before the start of the hike. Mr. S was chomping at the bit, raring to stretch his Irish legs. Off we went, with Mr. S, Mr. K and Miss G leading the way. The weather was perfect for hiking, cool under the forest canopy with clear blue skies overhead. The initial plan was to walk as one group, but at the turn-off for the Magical Forest the Russian speakers expressed an interest in going to Baan Khun Chang Kian, so we split into two groups of 5 and 17 hikers, respectively. Those of us in the small group never again saw the larger group.

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The small group had a few encounters with wildlife including a fast moving snake and a low flying owl which buzzed Mr. V at waist level, ching-ching. We arrived at the village after about an hour of additional walking. When we arrived, there was a small group of farang tourists who had come by songtaew, and with just one coffee shop open, there was a bit of a wait for refreshments. We were serenaded by one of the village locals in his full traditional hilltribe village garments who may have taken a fancy to Ms. J. After thirty minutes we headed home. Given the hour, we skipped the magical forest and headed straight for the waterfall, thus we missed any chance of encountering pots of gold and leprechauns. The waterfall was refreshing and after a short break, we headed home.

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The main group walked very slowly and completed the hike in four hours. When Kurt continued to the village, the others went to observe the huge trees. People didn’t seem so interested in the trees, but it was a good exercise. The way down to the waterfall it seemed a little bit better than when we walked on the exploration hike and we spent about half an hour at the waterfall before returning to the start in about one hour. This time we did not meet any tortoise. Afterwards, the group continued to a restaurant where we arrived at lunch time at 12.30 pm. We discovered that it is not so easy to keep the group together.

Thanks to everyone for their patience, especially in the first half hour!

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