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16/11/06 Porcupine Falls in Reverse

Huay Chang Khian, Huay Mae Yuak loop

This is the shortish Porcupine Falls loop, in an anticlockwise direction, with the 380m altitude gain therefore a little more gradual, though still mostly uphill for over 4.5 kms/two hours, but then a steeper descent over 2.5 kms, a total distance of around 7 kms. Up/down 400m. A few stream crossings and narrow stony paths above sharp drops need to be negotiated. A reasonable level of fitness and agility is required. We will walk at a moderate pace, probably taking around 4 hrs in total, including snack break. If we are very lucky we may see the porcupines I met on this route one Sunday. There are many confusing trail junctions on this hike, so please stick together with the leader at all times. Back in time for lunch.

Very rough map of loop

Hike Leader

Mike B.

If you want to join

If you are sure this hike is for you, after reading our “dangers”, “what to bring” and “what to do” tabs, just turn up at the meeting place on the day; there is no need to let us know you are coming. No groups please.

Meeting Place

We will meet before 8 am where Huay Chang Khian meets Soi Chang Khian, just before the scout camp at the end of the soi.  Approx <18°49’25.24″ N  98°56’55.24″ E>

  • Head out from the moat NW towards Doi Suthep on Huay Kaew Rd.
  • Turn right onto the Irrigation Canal Rd opposite the Phucome Hotel.
  • Take the second soi, at the next traffic lights just before the old Fine Thanks restaurant, then bear right at the Y-junction and again right at the t-junction onto Soi Chang Khian.
  • Continue along the main soi, bearing left at the mini roundabout, for over 2 kms, almost to the end of the soi. (Follow signs to Neo cafe and then continue past the cafe.)

See the map below (click to enlarge).

Meeting point Location



Please bring :

  • at least 1-2 litres of water, and energy snacks
  • strong footwear with thick tread/good grip, hat, and sunblock
  • trekking pole or stick recommended for the steep descent
  • long sleeves/pants recommended for long grass and spiky/itchy undergrowth
  • plenty of energy, enthusiasm and good humour

If it rains

Weather looking OK for the start but some forecasts predict rain for later in the morning. Let’s go ahead but be prepared for rain later. 


5 Responses

  1. I have a guest who would like to join the trek this Sunday. She is staying in a guesthouse on MoonMuang Soi 9 – could anyone offer her a lift to the start point ?

  2. Dear hiking group,

    I am happy to join you for the hike! I have finally managed to arrange a tuc tuc to take me to the meeting point.

    Looking forward to seeing you tomorrow

    Best regards


    • Well done. See you tomorrow. (Sorry nobody could pick you up.)

  3. Hi karin, my friend and are so looking for a means of getting to the meeting point. Maybe we could meet up and share your tuc tuc? If so please let me know of a time and place.

    • Hi Orestis,
      Tuc tuc leaves at 7.15 a.m. from S.K. house 1, moon mueang soi9.
      Guess the tuc tuc driver can take three guests, you, your friend and myself?
      Please reply if you would like to join.

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