For those of us staying in Chiang Mai this weekend a relatively cool, smoke free and shady hike is offered. Starting at Wat Doi Suthep we will take the forest trail up to Five Way Junction then join the dirt road up to Ban Khun Chang Kian where we will take a break and suck in some fresh(er) air. Once replenished we will continue on through the village and follow a trail down through the forest and back on to the dirt road through some farmland up to the Five Way Junction where we will retrace our steps back to Wat Doi Suthep. It is a pretty hike, if you like forests, but not much in the way of scenery although I did get a few misty glimpses of Chiang Mai when making the recce earlier in the week!
The trails are well marked and the going is, generally, quite easy and in the shade for most of the time however, reasonable fitness is required and there are a lot of leaves about making it slippery in places so good boots/shoes are a must and a pole is recommended. Total hike distance is about 16km with a total ascent of just over 800mtrs. and expected to take about 6hrs.
Hike leader: Peter G-B
If you want to join, be sure you have read the general advice on this website, as well as this particular post. If you still think the hike is for you then just turn up at the meeting place on the day and on time.
We cannot accommodate groups.
We will meet in the car park of the Huay Kaeow Arboretum (just before the Zoo) at 07:45 for an 08:00 start. From there we will carpool/songthaew to the start point.
- Head straight out from the moat 3.5 km towards Doi Suthep on Huay Kaeow Road.
- The arboretum is on the left after the front entrance to Chiang Mai University and just before the entrance to the Zoo.
- The car park of the arboretum is at the end of the park near the zoo.
See the maps below (click to enlarge them).
- around 2-3 liters of water or more
- good footwear, hat, rain wear, insect repellent and sun-block
- 50 Baht contribution for fuel if you need lifts from Arboretum to the start point and back or songthaew fare (usually about 80 Baht for the round trip). Car places are usually available, but cannot be guaranteed.
- spare shirt, washing flannel, bag for boots etc to avoid in-car smelliness on return drive.
- energy, enthusiasm and a good sense of humour.
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