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15/09/20 Doi Pui Valley Loop

Sunday hike

**As it is the rainy season please check on Sunday morning for any updates to the hike.**

This hike is rated moderate to difficult on account of it being about 23 km in length, which is combined with a total ascent of just under 1000 metres. The first half of the hike is mainly uphill and steady progress must be maintained to avoid an excessively long hike time.

Richard led this hike last December and it is a pleasant hike with good views and varied terrain and will take about 8 hours to complete. The hike commences from the Standing Buddha at Huay Tung Thao and initially follows the route up to Dtad Mork Waterfall. Instead of going upstream to the waterfall we will cross the stream and join the dirt road that leads up towards Ban Chang Kian. We follow this road (missing much of it by taking a series of short-cuts through the forest) for about 3 kilometers to a large junction. Here we turn right and make a long loop that runs uphill through forest and then through fruit orchards before it re-joins the same road much higher up the mountain.

Underfoot conditions are good throughout the hike although wet feet may be expected at the single stream crossing. We will take lunch at a lovely spot where the track crosses a small stream, just before commencing our descent.

There is an option to take a little short-cut on the outward leg of the hike (discovered by Ander’s) but this will involve some bush-whacking and we will decide on this on the day.

Hike leader: Peter

If you want to join

Just turn up at the meeting place on the day and on time.

We cannot accommodate groups.

Meeting Point and Time

The Standing Buddha at Huay Tung Thao. We will commence the hike at 07.45 sharp. There is a 20 Baht/person charge to enter Huay Tung Thao, which is payable at the entrance booth (see map below). Turn left at the lake and continue for about 1 kilometer. The Standing Buddha is unmissable.

Recommendations

About 50% of the hike is in open country, so a hat, sunscreen, waterproofs, good footwear and a great sense of humour are essential. Also bring at least 2.5 liters of water, snacks and a picnic lunch.

There are a number of restaurants around the lake, so weary hikers will be able to slake their after-hike thirst and/or hunger if they so wish but remember the restaurants close at around 1700 so the quicker we walk the longer we can stay at the restaurant!.

Map showing route out to standing Buddha from the moat

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