This will be an easy hike/swim lasting three to four hours. From the headquarters of the Op Khan national Park we will hike down to and along the river to a small gorge and swimming spot. The hike to the gorge should take approximately one hour and will involve some bush whacking and clambering over rocks at the river’s edge but nothing very strenuous. At the gorge, if the water is acceptable, we can swim (please bring suitable swimming attire and note you are responsible for your own safety) and have an early lunch/picnic before returning to the park headquarters. On the way back to CM we can stop at the Canyon restaurant for further refreshments. In the event of heavy rain the hike will be cancelled. Consult the web site before 7.30 AM on Sunday.
Hike leader: Stephen
If you want to join
Just turn up at the meeting place on the day. No need to let us know you are coming. No groups please. We will then carshare out to the Ob Khan NP HQ, about an hour south of town. Places in cars are usually available but cannot be guaranteed. If you are a passenger, please check with driver that their plans for refreshment stop after the hike match yours. Please also contribute THB to driver for fuel etc and bring a change of shirt for the return journey.
We will meet at 08:15 hours for an 08:30 start at the open ground immediately after the first traffic lights after Suthep market on the irrigation canal road (H.121), just after the PTT petrol station (which has toilets, 711 and fuel). Meeting place GPS co-ordinates: 18° 47.002′ N 98° 57.512′ E (Click map to enlarge.)
Hike start/end point: 18° 43.155′ N 98° 49.413′ E
- at least 2 litres of water/rehydration drink
- energy snacks and a picnic lunch
- sunhat, sunscreen, strong ankle-supporting footwear,
- long sleeves & pants recommended against sun and sharp spiky vegetation.
- plenty of energy, enthusiasm, good humour and team spirit
Please note: neither pets nor alcohol are allowed in this national park area, according to signs.
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