21 hikers met up this Sunday for a hike in the valley of a river named “Nam Mae Khanin”, in Op Khan National Park. A quite spectacular river, because the locals use a part of this shallow river as a motorbike connection between two villages, “Ban Huai Kwang” in the north and Ban Mae Khanin Tai, in the south.
The hike started in the south village with walking on a small dirt road up in the narrow valley. Soon we had to start crossing the river. In front of us we had to do 21! Some of us changed our boots to more water convenient footwear.
Next moment for the hike was climbing up on the hills and hike high above the valley. A changing of footwear again. The area was recently burned by the farmers, and the ash covered the ground.
Now the hike continued downhill, and soon we got connection with the river again.
Change footwear! Now we started to hike on the motorbike trail in the river.
A wading experience back south for 4 km in the shallow cold water. Today, as often, young guys ride motor cross bikes for fun in the river.
Afterward we hiked back on the morning road, and repeated the 21 river crossings. On our way back home we had a nice aftermath at the Canyon View Restaurant.
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