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2021/06/20_Foggy Sea View (Phu Talay Mork)

This is a relatively easy hike of distance around 10km and total elevation gain less than 500 meters. Since the entire hike is close to a ridge line the “ups” come in short, sometimes steep, segments and there are no protracted climbs or difficult descents. The entire hike is along well-marked trails or quiet country roads.

Total hike time should be between 3 1/2 and 4 hours, including a snack break. This will not be an extreme work-out, but an exercise in quiet contemplation and appreciation of the natural world, during which we will reap the benefit of the several wonders on offer, which include:

The locally famous views west towards Samoeng which, though lacking the eponymous “foggy sea” during the wet season, should at least be clear.

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Nice views to the east over Mon Chaem and the Mae Sa Valley.

Abandoned resorts. This one previously a good location for our snack break, but possibly too rickety now.

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Luxury villas. Lifestyles of the rich and famous Thai-style.

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And a huge old tree.

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A couple of points to be aware of:

For a short section the trail passes through head-high grass. If it has rained recently we will get soaked from head to toe.

In places the trail is exposed to the sun. Hats and sun screen recommended.

We should finish this hike about noon. There is a tried and trusted restaurant on the way home for those interested in post-hike refreshments.

Meeting Point and Directions:

We will meet at the parking lot in front of the 700-year Sports Stadium on Canal Road (Highway 121) for a 07.30 departure and drive in convoy to the hike start point. Do not enter the stadium area, this parking lot is OUTSIDE.

Our route will take us north up Highway 107 and via the shortcut that by-passes Mae Rim onto Highway 1096 to Samoeng. The turn-off for the hike is on the right about 10 kilometers after passing through Pong Yaeng Village and is onto a narrow hard-topped road at the top of a steep hill. There is a sign for Phu Mork Dao Resort, but this junction is easily missed and care is required.

We will park by the side of the road in Ban Buak Toei village.

Hike Organiser: Richard

Please read the general information on this site as well as this particular post. If you still feel this hike is for you, just turn up at the meeting point on the day and time. No need to let us know you are coming. Please be advised that we cannot accommodate groups.

Advice:

Please bring:

  • Face mask.
  • At least 2 liters of water/ rehydration drink
  • A snack
  • For passengers: 100 Baht towards fuel costs and a change of clothes/ footwear
  • Hat and sun screen
  • Long pants recommended
  • Energy, enthusiasm and good humour
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