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18/01/14_McKean Island hike – Sign up by Friday!

I’m hoping for some companions in a gentle hike on flat terrain at the edge of the city. McKean island (no longer exactly an island) is nowadays a sanctuary for elderly and other vulnerable people, a pleasant and interesting riverside area for walking. The island was once a corral for elephants. Later it was given to missionaries under Dr. James W. McKean, to establish a leper colony with a hospital. Since the arrival of multi-drug therapy in the 1980s, the treatment of leprosy (now more correctly known as Hansen’s disease) has become possible in people’s home areas, so the McKean island community has changed, but it is still based on a hospital and rehabilitation center. Nearby is the beautiful Wat Ko Klang next to a little bridge over the river.

Starting at 9am, we will hike to the island, and around it, partly on riverside paths and partly on quiet suburban roads. The total walking distance will be about seven km, and we will take it as a gentle ramble over about three hours. At the end I hope you will join me in refreshments at Ms Y’s local restaurant.

Hike initator: Michael M

If you would like to come with me, please email me BEFORE THE END OF FRIDAY at michaelm.cmh@gmail.com, giving your name (and that of up to one other adult, plus any children coming along). There will be some clambering over low walls and rocks on the river shore. Several parts of the route seem unsuitable for bringing dogs. If more than about 15 people are interested, I may regretfully leave some off the list, in order to have a nice group size. So on Saturday morning I’ll email replies with either apologies or the details of our starting point (which will be about 5km from the city centre).


  • 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 hills. We will be around temples and in people’s neighbourhoods much of the time.
  • Hat and sunblock may be useful.
  • About one litre of water.
  • Team spirit, good humour.
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