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17/05/28_Wieng Kum Kam and McKean Island loop

Wat Chedi Liem, Wieng Kum Kam. Photo by ​wikipedia user KayEss, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=4407065

The current rainy spell has made hill hiking less attractive this week. So here’s a novelty for us: a hike through historic suburbs of Chiang Mai. It is largely road-walking, but the roads are very quiet rural-style ones with a lot of beautiful and interesting things around them.

It begins from a point south of where Mahidol Rd goes over the Ping river (see more exact directions below). We will cross the river on foot over the sluice gates into the Wieng Kum Kam area, ramble among its ancient ruined temples, and then go further south into the island area of the McKean Rehabilitation Centre. Looping back, we exit the island by a small bridge over the Ping, near to Wat Ko Klang, and from there make our way back toward Wat Pa Daet, near to our starting point, and where we can take refreshment in a village eatery.

It is all on the flat, so an easy hike. Probably about 10km walking distance. The time taken will depend on how much people want to linger at the various interesting points, but the hike leader undertakes to get back to Wat Pa Daet by noon.

Hike leader: Michael M

Meeting Point: Outside the 7-11 store which is on the 4032 riverside road, slightly over one km south of the point where this road connects with the 1141 (Mahidol Rd, sometimes known as Airport Rd) and where the 1141 crosses the Ping River.

There is room for parking in front of the store, or in vacant ground at the side or behind the block where the store is.

Meeting time: 07:30am. We will start walking promptly at 07.40am.

If you want to join: Just turn up on time. There is no need to tell us you are coming. But we cannot absorb groups.


  • Walking shoes. Trainers are okay for this hike. Boots not necessary.
  • Fairly civilized clothing, e.g. long pants. This is not a hike in the woods. We will be around temples and in people’s neighbourhoods much of the time.
  • Rain gear. Umbrella may be useful!
  • Hat and sunblock may also be useful.
  • About one litre of water, or else be ready to buy water etc at shops en route. Same thing re snacks.
  • Team spirit, good humour.

2 Responses

  1. Funny, are you aware the Chiang Mai Sunday Biking Club used to do this same route?

    • No, I was not aware of that. I thought I was inventing it! Great minds. BTW, you going to join us again one of these days, Kurt?

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