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2019/09/22_Doi Ton medium loop hike

If there is heavy rain, we might cancel the hike. If we cancel, we will post a notice here by 06:30 on Sunday.

It’s more than two years since we visited Doi Ton: a lovely little peak with potentially wonderful views. The hike is not very long -7-8km – but involves a fairly steep ascent and descent of about 600m elevation. It will take about four hours. Afterwards, most of us will probably have lunch at Baanpong Lodge.

Hike Initiator:  Jeff R

If you want to join: just turn up at the meeting place on the day, on time. Lifts in cars are usually available (please offer your driver THB 100 contribution for fuel etc). Well-behaved dogs are welcome on the hike, but we’re not sure about the Lodge.

Meeting Place

We will meet at 07:20 in front of Promenada Mall on R1317 (location marked “A” on the map below) and start on time at 07:30.

Bring: As per usual (see tab at the top of the page). But specially note:

  • change of shirt/frock etc for in-car fragrance on the way home
  • there may be a good opportunity to swim in the nice pool at Baanpong Lodge.

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2019/09/15_Mae Win Huai Hoi Waterfall Long Loop

Distance 17km, total up 950m, expected duration a little over 6 hours. Trail-finding is complicated in several places and it is essential the group stays together at all times.

Usual wet season disclaimer. In the event of heavy rain this hike may be cancelled. Please check the website Sunday morning before leaving home.

This is a repeat of the hike we organised on 20th January this year, just before the burning season got underway. For anyone interested in the minute details, they can be found by searching the reports on this site. Herewith, just a taster for Sunday.

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We start from and return to a large parking area in front of Wat Machimaram, adjacent to Highway 1013. Initially our trail climbs steeply through fields on to a ridge, which we then follow through forest, with occasional clearings affording lovely views including over Doi Inthanon. At the most distant part of the hike we drop down into a large village and follow the valley downstream past rapids and a much-visited waterfall.

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The final section of the hike is in the open through rolling farmland.

We hope that the recent rains will have further enhanced the beauty and excitement of the river section.

This is a long hike and a packed lunch and adequate water supplies are a must.

Hike Organisers: Tom and 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 07.15 sharp. Note the earlier than usual time, this is to accommodate relatively long travel and hike times.

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).

 

Car sharing will be arranged at the main meeting point. However, independent hikers living in the Hang Dong area may find it more convenient to join us at the fire station opposite Malada, which we will reach at about 07.30.

Items to bring:

  • At least 2 liters of water or re-hydration drink.
  • For passengers: 100 Baht towards fuel costs and a change of clothes/ footwear.
  • A picnic lunch.
  • 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.

2019/09/08_Ban Khun Chiang Khian Easterly Loop

 

The hike is on.

As a shorter alternative to the main hike (for which please scroll down to the next post), some of us will do a 2-3 hour loop through Ban Khun Chang Khian (BKCK), near the top of Doi Pui. It will be down down down then up up up: possibly 500m of elevation loss and gain. At the start we will visit the little coffee shop in the CMU Agriculture Faculty research garden. On returning to BKCK after the main part of the hike, we hope to meet up with the hardier yompers of the main hike for an early lunch in a village restaurant.

The drive to the top takes about one hour in each direction, and the road requires very careful driving especially near the top. When we meet, we will assess the number of hikers who have shown up and the number who have vehicles in which they are willing to transport passengers. If there is a shortage of hiker-drivers, we may hire a songthaew (red truck-bus). Passengers should be prepared to pay at least THB 100 for transport (and possibly up to THB 300 if we have to hire a songthaew with a sub-optimal number of passengers).

Estimated time of arrival back in the city is 2pm.

Leadership: Michael

If you want to come: Read the general conditions and advice on this website. If you still think the hike is for you, just turn up at the meeting time and place. Lifts in cars are almost always available although they cannot be guaranteed.

Bring : as per the general advice (see tab above), but especially note:

  • good shoes, bearing in mind that paths may be muddy and slippery
  • hiking poles are especially useful
  • change of shirt/clothes for return vehicle journey
  • energy, team spirit, enthusiasm and a good sense of humour

Meeting place and time

Meet at 07:30  in the car park of the Huay Kaew Arboretum (also known as the exercise park). The car park of the arboretum is at the top end of the park near the zoo.

The location of arboretum from the moat of the old city

2019/09/08_Huay Tung Tao to Ban Khun Chang Khian Loop

Distance 18km. Elevation gain 1,400m. Expected return to Huay Tung Tao a little after 3pm.

This is not a water-sensitive hike, but even so may be cancelled in the event of heavy rain. Please check the website on Sunday morning before leaving home.

Starting from the standing Buddha, we navigate our way through a complex mosaic of trails and dirt roads up to the large Hmong village of Ban Khun Chang Khian. The route we will follow passes through varied terrain with beautiful views and is in large part new to Sunday hiking. Distance to the village is 11km and should take us about 4 hours.

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Strange-looking palm trees

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View east over the Chiang Mai Valley

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Buying fresh veggies from friendly Hmong farmers

The village offers a range of essential amenities, including plentiful beverages, several different types of coffee and basic but palatable cooked Thai food. Here we will make our lunch break. Everyone is advised to bring along a packed lunch as insurance, as food supplies in the village are limited and have been known to run out.

After lunch we will follow a more direct (and therefore steeper) 7km route back to Huay Tung Tao, which lacks the sweeping views of the climb. However, the lower part offers nice views over Huay Tung Tao lake and benefits from the presence of a huge gorilla’s paw.

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Huay Tung Tao Lake in foreground

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The Doi Pui yeti strikes again

There are plans to offer an easier alternative hike starting part way up the mountain and ending at Ban Khun Chang Khian. Watch this site for details.

Hike organisers: Richard and Tom

Meeting Place: 07.30 at Huay Tung Tao. Turn left after passing the entrance gates and park close to the large Standing Buddha. The hike will start and end at this point.

There is an entry fee for non-Thais of TB 50 per person payable at the booth. The fee for Thai citizens is TB 20 per person. Venerable ancients get in for free.

If you want to join, just turn up at the meeting place on time. No need to let us know. No groups please and no unprepared hikers.

 

Map showing route out to standing Buddha from the moat

Please bring/prepare:

  • At least 2 liters of water/ rehydration drink.
  • Snacks and a packed lunch.
  • Sunhat, sunscreen, insect repellent. Long sleeves/ pants, rainwear recommended.
  • Strong footwear with good grip and ankle support.
  • Plenty of energy, enthusiasm, team spirit and good humour.

 

19/09/01_Doi Lanka Noi circular hike

Doi Langka Noi in dry-season colours. Photo by Andrew

The hike is on.
This is a reasonably strenuous hike of about twelve kms up to the summit of Doi Lanka Noi  (about 900m elevation) and back down again in a loop that should take between five to six hours. True, it’s less than four months since we last did this, but what a difference between the end of the dry season (when smoke was still in the air and we encountered new burning) and the middle of the rainy season!
The first km from the stating point at the local Wat is flat but the subsequent path up to the first ridge is relatively steep and may prove somewhat slippy in parts. After that there is a relatively easy ridge walk until we come to the final assault on the summit which, although not particularly high, is steep and not for those with a fear of heights with a number of dropoffs . On the summit we will have our lunch and take in the views (hopefully a clear day) before descending in a loop down the far side of the summit and following the river path back to the village and the temple. Afterwards we will stop in a nearby café for refreshments
Hike leader: SRR
Starting time and meeting point:  7.30AM in front of the Susco filling station on highway 118.

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If you want to come: Please ensure you have read the general advice on this website as well as the particular details in this post. If you still think the hike is for you, just turn up at the stated place and time. Lifts in cars are almost always available. No groups, though.

Please bring: as per general advice on this website (see tab above). But especially note:

  • Strong footwear with deep tread/ good grip.
  • Lots of energy, team spirit and good humour.
  • Passengers please bring 100 Baht towards driver’s expenses and a change of shirt/ clothes.

2019/08/25_CMU++ loop

The hike is ON. (It’s not raining where I am, though thickly overcast. Umbrellas and good humour are advisable!)

This loop takes us through an interesting variety of suburban scenes including many parts of the Chiang Mai University (CMU) campus, and extending to Wat Umong in the south and the less-well-known Wat Moo Boon in the north.

Starting from the Arboretum, we briefly visit the Huay Kaew waterfall, then walk the perimeter of the mysterious circle east of the Kruba Srivichai monument. Was it once a fortified settlement?

The mysterious circle

Entering CMU through its north gate, we thread a way past the Sala Dham, the dinosaurs, the Palm Park, the main stadium and the Fine Arts mural. Exiting CMU , we thread another way through the maze of small streets to the south, via the temples of Ban Ling, Umong and Padang. The return stretch through CMU features pretty walkways beside the Tad Chompoo and Ang Kaew reservoirs.

The total distance is about 10km, and it may take us 3-4 hours.

Hike initiator: Michael

Meeting time and place: 7.30am for a 7.40 start from the carpark between the Huay Kaew Arboretum and the Doi Suthep Nature Study Center. See map below.

If you would like to come:  Make sure you have read the general conditions and advice on this website (see tabs above). If you still think the hike is for you, just turn up at the stated place and time.

Bring: As per general advice, except:

  • Since this is a suburban hike – and partly in temple and university areas – please dress a bit nice.
  • Umbrella may be useful.
  • Extra supplies of team spirit and good humour.

2019/08/11_CMU++ loop

It’s raining dismally. Sorry, but the hike is CANCELLED this week.

This loop takes us through an interesting variety of suburban scenes including many parts of the Chiang Mai University (CMU) campus, and extending to Wat Umong in the south and the less-well-known Wat Moo Boon in the north.

Starting from the Arboretum, we briefly visit the Huay Kaew waterfall, then walk the perimeter of the mysterious circle east of the Kruba Srivichai monument. Was it once a fortified settlement? Or some sort of signal?

The mysterious circle

Entering CMU through its north gate, we thread a way past the Sala Dham, the dinosaurs, the Palm Park, the main stadium and the Fine Arts mural. Exiting CMU , we thread another way through the maze of small streets to the south, via the temples of Ban Ling, Umong and Padang. The return stretch through CMU features pretty walkways beside the Tad Chompoo and Ang Kaew reservoirs.

The total distance is about 10km, and it may take us 3-4 hours.

Hike initiator: Normal Michael

Meeting time and place: 7.30am for a 7.40 start from the carpark between the Huay Kaew Arboretum and the Doi Suthep Nature Study Center. See map below.

If you would like to come:  Make sure you have read the general conditions and advice on this website (see tabs above). If you still think the hike is for you, just turn up at the stated place and time.

Bring: As per general advice, except:

  • Since this is a suburban hike – and partly in temple and university areas – please dress a bit nice.
  • Umbrella may be useful.
  • Extra supplies of team spirit and good humour.