At this time of year, always re-check this webpage on the Sunday morning before leaving for the meeting point in case of weather updates. Hikes may be changed or cancelled at short notice.
A walk from the arboretum, past Huay Kaew waterfall, Wang Bua Ban, across the road and then bridge (see picture above) to the lychee orchards and 5-ways junction, then down to Wat Doi Suthep. When we finish we will go to the regular restaurant at Wat Doi Suthep. After we will take a Songthaew back to the Arboretum for 40 Baht. The hike is about 5 hours, 12 kms. The first 2 hours is steep, then easier. Total height gain 1124m.
Starting point: Meet at the Arboretum at 07.45 for an 8am start.
The hike passes through Hmong farmers’ Lychee orchards. Please do not abuse the farmer’s hospitality by taking fruit from the trees or by accepting too generous offers of fruit from them. This year’s drought has severely affected crop yields and they are struggling to produce enough fruit to meet a contract with a canning company. It may be possible to purchase some fruit from them.
- at least 2-3 litres of water/rehydration drink
- energy snacks and a picnic lunch
- protection from sun (hat, cream), rain, insects, spiky/itchy vegetation
- lots of energy, enthusiasm and a good sense of humour
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