A ridge hike around Nam Mae Kwong valley. A new fresh hike in the soft mountains, near Doi Saket. Estimated hiking time 4 to 5 hours depending on the group. Driving time from the start point is about 30 minutes each way. Remember to factor in time for possible visit to Hot Springs.
We will start our hike by walking along the river Mae Kwong, through a desolate resort, occupied in these days by many water buffalos.
When the river makes a big bend towards the Mae Kwong reservoir, we will climb up to the west ridge on a motorbike trail. Well up on the ridge we will have an easy walk north to the end of the valley. Here we will change direction, and continue on the east side of the valley, back to our starting point.
An easy hike with mostly well defined trails. With beautiful ridges with good shade from the trees. Only the last part, back down to the valley, is a bit steep. On our way back home we will visit Doi Saket hot springs.
Hike leaders: Anders and Richard
Meeting time: 07:30
Meeting point: <18°48’48.69″ N 99°01’52.92″ E>
The Susco petrol/gas station, opposite Mrs Suzuki’s car showroom. From the city centre, head NE along Kaew Nawarat Rd towards CenFes (Central Festival shopping mall), past H.11 superhighway, then middle ring road and Sansai Noi (Sam Yaek) market traffic lights, and continue 400m straight on the CM-Doi Saket-Rd, H.118 towards Chiang Rai. It’s on the left.
Fuel, toilets and convenience store available. If leaving a vehicle here, please park considerately, away from the store front. Click on map/streetview image to enlarge.
If you’re thinking of joining…
Please carefully read the general advice and warnings on this website as well as this specific hike description. If you still think the hike is for you, just turn up at the meeting-place on time: there is no need to tell us you are coming. Lifts in the cars of other hikers are usually available but cannot be guaranteed. If getting a lift, please have a mutual understanding with your driver about post-hike priorities (e.g. whether having a meal with the group) and where they can drop you on return to town. Please bring a change of shirt for in-car pleasantness on the return journey. And please contribute THB 100 per person towards the fuel etc.
You should bring…
as per the general advice under the “Things to Bring” tab at the top of the page. The only unusual requirement is swimwear and a little extra money for the hot springs.
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