Posted on 11/07/2016 by chiangmaihiking
Photo by Tom.
11 hikers gathered at the meet place and moved on to the start point in three cars. Four more hikers joined the convoy at the temple, 3km before the start point. We started the hike with total 15 hikers at 09:25 and walked on the trail which had been made muddy by the rain.
Stomping the muddy trail. Photo by Bob K.
The muddy embankments, little ravines with wobbly plank bridges, and occasional rocky scrambles made the walking less easy than the hike invitation had suggested. One of our senior hikers found it difficult and kindly volunteered to return and wait for us at the starting point. At least the route was clear, and there were several other groups of hikers around this time: Thai students and young farang travellers.
A memorable highlight was coming across a group of bathing buffaloes.
Bathers (1). Photo by Bob K.
We got to the waterfall at 10:55 and some of our hikers enjoyed a bathe in the basin of the waterfall, while others started laying out the picnic food they had brought. This was eaten in the company of a number of hungry but remarkably polite dogs.
Bathers (2). Photo by Bob K.
Picnic. Photo by Chan.
Beautiful specimen photographed by Bob K.
The group photo, including waterfall and some dogs. Photo by Chan
We then left the waterfall and started going back to the start point at 11:45. We separated into two groups at the junction. One group chose the dry motorbike road and the other group chose the original trail. And then the groups met again 200m before the start/end point. We arrived back at this point at 13:00. All of us were keen to go for drinks; driving back we found a very pleasant cafe and small resort a few km down the road.
Relaxing at the cafe. Photo by Chan.
Lunch guest. Photo by Bob K.
The weather for the hike was humid but there wasn’t heavy rain (until we got back to Chiang Mai). Thanks to everybody who cooperated in making the hike.
Report and hike leadership by Matsu.
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