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19/01/27_Report_Sakura special

 

21 sakura-seeking hikers assembled at the Arboretum early Sunday morning on what promised to be a fine, sunny day. The party were asked to select one of three options to enable coordination of transport during the day, not least arranging song thaew pick-up from Ban Khun Chiang Kian village. The three options were: walking one way to the village from Wat Suthep, walking to the village and returning to Wat Suthep, walking to the village and then returning to the arboretum on foot. Having arrived via assorted forms of transport from the city, the party coalesced once more, this time on the steps of a very busy Wat Suthep. We set off on a trail that took us first through the Forestry houses overlooking the temple, before swinging north into and through shady forest. The group stopped for a snack break after about 8km at five-way junction amidst conifer trees. A further two kilometers on we reached the village and saw the first sign of cherry trees coming into bloom. Arriving at about 11.30am, the group was briefed on when and where to re-convene, and were then free to blend in with the many sightseers that were also there. Most hikers chose to head for the Agricultural station where the best views of the Sakura were to be had. The blossom this year appeared to be more profuse than previously albeit not fully out. A very pleasing sight at any rate.

 

At the garden coffee shop


Option 1 Group (11 people): The songthaew picked us up at 12:30: a little earlier than in previous years; our visit felt a little bit rushed, but maybe all the sweeter for being too short. There was less road traffic than for our pilgrimages in recent years (when the sakura bloomed earlier in the month), and we reached the Arboretum again soon after 1.30pm.

Option 2 Group (8 people if we count a maverick): Total distance 21.3kms, hike time 6 hours and 15 minutes, end time 2.42PM.

Option 3 Group (2 people): Two hikers chose to return directly from the village down to the Arboretum. The emphasis was definitely on the word ‘down’, relentlessly so for the seven kilometer distance. Much of the trail passed through woodland until eventually emerging into the sunshine and out on to the main road by the Huay Kaew waterfall with its fine views overlooking Chiang Mai.

 

Hike leadership and reporting by Pachyderm, SRR and Michael. Photos mainly by visiting hiker, PC.

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2 Responses

  1. this sunday have trip to sukura seeking?

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