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2019/01/13_Wat Pong Noi to Buphing Palace

A reasonable level of physical fitness is required for the 8 km and 1,000m climb up to Buphing Palace.

Starting at the trail-head behind Wat Pong Noi we will climb up through unbroken forest, to the “Forester’s Camp” an old camp and picnic site (hardly recognisable as such these days) which is located next to the main Doi Suthep Road about halfway between Wat Doi Suthep and Buphing Palace. From there we will follow a clear trail parallel to the road which will come out onto the road just before the Palace. The current intention is to finish the final section to the Palace along the road. There used to be a trail that continued directly to the Palace, which is now badly overgrown. If an experienced GPS-equipped individual is available, braving the spikey bamboo may be an alternative to braving the weekend drivers. Once having reached the Palace we will visit the Viewpoint, for what should be a marvellous view. Thereafter there are options.

The trip organiser plans on wining and dining in one of the nice Buphing restaurants, before making a return in blissful contentment down the same trail to Wat Pong Noi. Other hikers are welcome to join him, but for anyone eschewing refreshment and/or feeling weary, silors (songthaews/redtrucks) should be available at Buphing Palace to take you back down the mountain for a small fee.


The “Forester’s Camp”. We do not anticipate these conditions in January!

The hike up to Buphing Palace should take around 2 1/2 hours.

Participants should bring along enough food and drink to sustain themselves.

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 leave the meeting place at 08.00 sharp.

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. We will cram as many people as possible into as few vehicles as possible in order to be able to fit into the limited parking space available at the trail-head.

Meeting point Sunday


Items to bring:

  • At least 2 liters of water or re-hydration drink.
  • Enough nourishment to keep you going.
  • Strong footwear with good grip and ankle support.
  • Sunhat, sunscreen, insect repellent.
  • Long sleeves/ pants recommended.
  • Plenty of energy, enthusiasm, team spirit and good humour.



2 Responses

  1. Hi,
    Today I came at 08.03, and nobody was there, on the meeting point.

  2. Hi Renata,
    Sorry you missed us today. We were 18 hikers and left the meeting place 08.00 sharp. If you are thinking of joining us in future we would be delighted to see you, but it would be wise to arrive a few minutes before the quoted departure time

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