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17/10/15_Huay Tung Tao Circular Hike (a new one)

Today’s hike is on.

You are responsible for your own safety at all times. Please read the full hike description/requirements section and consider your preparedness.

Due to the Dark Age navigational techniques employed on the reconnaissance hike – no GPS, no compass and not even a map – the parameters for this hike are a little less precise than one has come to expect. However, having duly taken into account the position of moss growing on the trees and the conjunction of Mercury with Venus we are able to assert that the hike is no longer than 15 km (probably a little less) with about 500 meters of vertical elevation gain. Expected hike time between 5 and 6 hours including a snack break.

Apart from being a little longer than average there are no particular difficulties and a reasonable level of physical fitness should suffice. The hike is on dirt roads and well-marked trails throughout and there are no unduly steep sections. There are 4 significant stream crossings, so wet feet will be a given.

The hike passes through a mix of forest and agricultural area, with some nice views to the north in places.

At the end of the hike there will be an option to take lunch/refreshments in one of the restaurants surrounding the lake.

Hike leaders: Richard and Stephen

Meeting Place: 07.30 at Huay Tung Tao. At the far end of the reservoir. After entering through the barrier, turn right and continue along the reservoir to the far end where there is an extensive flat area opposite a large tree. The hike will start and end at this point.

Note that this hike will NOT start from the Standing Buddha. The map below is intended only as a guide for those not familiar with Huay Tung Tao. Once you reach  the reservoir please follow the directions given above.

There is an entry fee for non-Thais of TB 50 per person payable at the booth. The fee for Thai citizens is TB 20 per person.

If you want to join, just turn up at the meeting place on time. No need to let us know. No groups please and no unprepared hikers.


Map showing route out to standing Buddha from the moat

Please bring/prepare:

  • At least 2 liters of water/ rehydration drink.
  • A snack.
  • Sunhat, sunscreen, insect repellent, long sleeves/ pants, rainwear recommended.
  • Strong footwear with good grip and ankle support.
  • Plenty of energy, enthusiasm, team spirit and good humour.
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