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16/07/03_Ban Doi Pui Buddha Footprint hike

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Please check here before leaving home on Sunday morning in case heavy rain forces a cancellation. We will post any notice of this by 6.30am.

For this old favourite hike we drive up the mountain to the Hmong village of Ban Doi Pui. Walking out through the flower garden maintained by the villagers, we follow an easy track along the mountain contours eastwards and northwards to the Buddha Footprint veiwpoint. Leader Kurt writes:

With or without views, the “views” should be nice.  By that, I mean I enjoy the feeling of being within a cloud bank and have experienced this at the rocky rest stop.  If there’s no cloud, then the views will be nice!

A warning to participants that at this elevation and season leeches are a possibility (I have experienced them there).  I didn’t reconnoiter this path, but last week the trails were very lush due to recent rains.  I expect we will be walking through areas with waist high grass.  Leeches are simply a psychological issue (unless we have hemophiliacs amongst us!).  Best to wear long trousers tucked into socks.

Depending on the hikers who show up, we may do this hike either as an easy there-and-back (10-12km), or a more energetic loop via Doi Pui peak, or split into two groups and do both.
We will stop for a snack break in the middle of the hike, and some of us will doubtless take the chance to enjoy a lunch of khaosoy afterwards at a favourite restaurant in the village.
Leader: Kurt H
To join the hike: Please make sure you have read the general guidance on this website, as well as this particular post. If you still think the hike is for you, then just turn up!
Meeting place: Small carpark between Arboretum and Zoo/Nature Study Centre on Huay Kaew Road.
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Meeting time:  Sunday 07:45 meeting for 08:00 departure, sharing cars. (Note: places in cars are usually available but cannot be guaranteed. Passengers please contribute 100 Baht to their driver for fuel etc there and back.)
 Checklist of things to bring:
  • around 2 litres of water
  • good footwear, hat, rain wear, insect repellent and sun-block
  • long trousers and shirt sleeves are recommended on this hike as a precaution against leeches
  • 100 Baht contribution for fuel if you need lifts from Arboretum to the start point and back
  • spare shirt, washing flannel, bag for boots etc to avoid in-car smelliness on return drive.
  • snacks or packed light lunch
  • energy, enthusiasm and a good sense of humour.

 

 

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