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16/09/25 Doi Pui Valley Loop

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Any updates/cancellation notices will be posted here before 0630 on Sunday morning so please check before setting off for the meeting point or you could be on your own.

This hike is moderate to difficult on account of it being about 23 km in length and has a total ascent of just under 1000 metres. The first half of the hike is mainly uphill and reasonable pace is required to avoid an excessively long hike time.

We last did this hike a year ago 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.

The hike is mainly on good trails and dirt roads but wet feet may be expected at the single stream crossing. We will take lunch at a nice spot where the track crosses a small stream, just before commencing our descent.

Should circumstances be against us (i.e. its raining) there are two shorter hikes, with the same start point, as back-ups for those who want to hike in the rain but, if there is thunder/lightning the hike will be cancelled.

Hike leader: Peter

If you want to join:

Read the “What to do” and Things to bring” sections.

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 start the hike at 07.45 sharp. There is a 20 or 50 Baht/person (Thai/non-Thai) 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.


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

Post-hike refreshments will be taken at a restaurant near the start/finish point.

Map showing route out to standing Buddha from the moat



3 Responses

  1. Hi I’d love to know if you came across Sapria himalayana on this hike (or on a previous hike and could point me to a trail to see it). It’s supposed to occur on Doi Suthep National Park. Thankyou!

    • Hi, I’m sorry to say that we didn’t see t he plant you are looking for on this hike and I haven’t heard of anyone seeing one recently either. Sorry!

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