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17/11/05_Trip report_Ban Doi Pui to Buddha Footprint

Blue sky, ridgelines, haze trapped by an inversion: Doi Inthanon visible from Buddha Footprint area on Doi Pui

It was a great day for it: blue sky, cool breeze. 15 hikers arrived in Ban Doi Pui by 08:45, by a light truck, a saloon car and five motorcycles. Sweet kids in their Hmong Sunday best brought us our parking tickets. The handicraft shops were full of attractive produce, and the pleasure garden was looking very pretty as we set out on the path northwestwards out of town. Our three juveniles galloped ahead and managed to draw six of the adults down the wrong path. They retraced and caught up with the rest of us later on.

The pleasure garden at Ban Doi Pui

A gateway of wooden knives or giant teeth had been set across the way

The morning breeze really was quite chilly up there for several of us, caught off-guard by what seems like a sudden change from wet to cool season. But the air was great above the valley haze, and gave us long wide views. We paused at the rocky viewpoint for a snack and group photo, and lingered again at the metal viewing platforms. As usual, nobody could really identify the Buddha Footprint on the outcropped rock where it is supposed to be, and nobody knew why the “Doi Pa Klong Legend” is called that.

We went a little further along the ridge and then sharp left onto the path that loops back at a lower level. Long grasses on either side made it hard to see where our feet were going, but we made it back to the main path without mishap, and returned briskly and cheerfully to the village. Most of us took refreshment in a market restaurant, some shopped, one paid for a go at shooting papaya with a toy crossbow, all agreed it had been a lovely hike.

Report and hike catalysis by Michael. Photos by Tam and Michael.

Group photo near the Buddha Footprint

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