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17/08/06_Wat Pong Noi to Forester’s Camp

Looks like the weather is following the script for light rain until it starts to pour down later! However, the hike is on.

The start point for this hike is located just behind Wat Pong Noi. We will follow a dirt motorbike trail (trial bikes only!) that climbs steadily up through primary forest to meet the Doi Suthep/ Doi Pui road at the “Forester’s Camp”, approximately mid-way between Wat Doi Suthep and Buphing Palace. Here we will make use of the old tables and benches to make a snack break.

The map below shows a loop we did last year. This time we will be less adventurous and will return to Wat Pong Noi along the same trail we took on the way up, which is the right-hand trail on the map.

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For most of the time we will be passing through primary rain forest, with one or two more open areas that afford good views to the south, cloud permitting. The ecosystem is in reasonable order with an abundance of insects (note!), lizards and birds and we put up a small group of Jungle Fowl last year.


The outbound part of the hike is steadily uphill on a large dirt trail, with short steeper sections.


A conservative estimate is 3 hours up and 2 hours back, with about 1/2 hour break at the top. This should place us back at the cars around 13.30.

This is not a difficult hike. Conditions are good underfoot, with no unduly steep or slippery sections. However, given the distance of around 13 kilometers and an elevation gain of some 900 meters, a reasonable level of physical fitness is required.

Michael has scouted a suitable venue for post-hike refreshments, which we will gratefully retire to at the end.

Hike Leader: Richard

If you want to join:

Make sure you have read the general advice on this website as well as the specific hike details in this post. If you still think this hike is for you, just turn up at the meeting place on the day, on time. No need to inform us in advance. But we cannot accommodate groups.

Meeting Point & Time:

We will meet at 07.20 and vehicles will leave for Wat Pong Noi at 07.30.

We will meet at the open area 50 meters past the PTT gas station on Canal Road (about 500 meters south of the Suthep Road intersection (see map below – click on map to enlarge). The meeting point is only about 1 kilometer from the hike start point.



Items to bring:

  • At least 2 liters of water or re-hydration drink.
  • A picnic lunch.
  • Strong footwear with good grip and ankle support.
  • Sticks recommended for steep downhill.
  • Sunhat, sunscreen, insect repellent.
  • Long sleeves/ pants recommended.
  • Rainwear, unless you are happy to be soaked.
  • Plenty of energy, enthusiasm, team spirit and good humour.


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