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2018/09/02_Huay Tung Tao to Mae Nai_Pam’s Loop

Oops! Forgot to include the standard comment for this time of the year that in the event of heavy rain this hike may be cancelled. Cancellation will be advised through this site by 06.30 in the morning. Please check if in any doubt.

This is a relatively short hike from Huay Tung Tao that the Group has not attempted since Pam last led a hike there 3 years ago.

Starting from Huay Tung Tao we will follow the forest trail to Mae Nai until we reach the Mae Nai stream just before the village. Without crossing the stream we will then turn left, uphill, parallel to the water course. For the most part this is a gently rising climb, but with one short steep section immediately before a flat-topped knoll, which will be our high-point for the day.

Just before reaching the knoll there is a side-trail to the right giving access to a series of cascades  in the river valley. In the appropriate season these offer attractive bathing holes, but the brown torrent surging through at the moment precludes anything other than viewing. The access trail is very steep and slippery and will not be for everyone. There are two options when we reach the turn-off; if no-one is interested in visiting the “falls” we will continue straight on to the knoll and graze on snacks, enjoying a nice view. If some hikers would like to visit the “falls” we will split up and the refuseniks can rest and graze for about 20 minutes while waiting for the returnees.

There are short steep sections just before (up) and just after (down) the knoll. With care and consideration these should be navigable for all our regulars.

The trail descends through forest back down to the main Mae Nai trail, at which point we turn right and return along the trail to our starting point. No GPS measurements available, but length about 10 kilometers, elevation gain 200 meters at most and elapsed time based on previous hikes 3 1/2 hours.

As always there is the after-hike option of relaxing over a beer and a bite to eat on the benches of our favourite HTT establishment.

Hike Organiser: 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 07.45 for an 08.00 start.

We will meet at the large open area at the far end of Huay Tung Tao reservoir. After passing through the entrance toll booths (Thai citizens TB 20; non-Thais TB 50) turn right and proceed to the end of the lake, where you will see a large open area to your right opposite a large tree.

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.


Map showing route out to standing Buddha from the moat


Items to bring:

  • 1 1/2 to 2 liters of water or re-hydration drink.
  • A snack.
  • Strong footwear with good grip and ankle support.
  • 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.

One Response

  1. I hope you’re not going to require a “rescue”!

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