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17/11/19 Huay Tung Thao Ridge Loop (old one)


Just been informed (thanks JP) that the Lana Marathon is taking place tomorrow along Canal Road, Huay Tung Thao and the 107 to Mae Rim (starts at 0330 and finishes at 1000).  The lake should be clear of runners but the other roads will still have runners on them.  From memory 1 lane in each direction is blocked off for the runners, minor roads on to Canal Road are blocked off and the major intersections are controlled by the police so, it should not be too much of a problem.  To be on the safe side the start time will now be 0900. 

This hike starts from the Golden Buddha at Huay Tung Thao and from there we climb up the mountain onto the ridge above the lake, going first through woodland and then on dirt roads past upland farms and orchards with some nice views on the way.  The descent is on good trails, but quite rocky in places especially the last 1km, back to Huay Tung Thao where those who want to can sample the delights of one of the traditional style lakeside restaurants and/or go for a swim (don’t forget to bring swimwear and towel).
The route is the same as the hike on 16th July and is about 14kms with an ascent of 800mtrs and expected to take 5-6 hours.  It is very much an up-then-down hike so a reasonable fitness level is required and it is not a beginners hike.

Leaders:  Same as last week

Meeting Point & Time.
We will meet at 0745 for an 0800 start next to the Golden Buddha on the west shore of Huay Tung Thao (See map for directions). You will need to buy a ticket to enter the lake area (Thais 20Bht everyone else 50 baht).  Huay Tung Thao is 12 km out of town from the north west corner of the moat.

Driving around the outside of the moat turn left onto Huay Kaeow Road after the Chiang Mai Ram Hospital. This is the road running out from the NW corner of the moat.
You will pass Central Kad Suan Kaeow after about 100 m on the left.
Drive on through the Amari Rincomb intersection, to the Phucombe intersection. The Phucombe intersection is the second major 4 way, traffic lighted, intersection, it is 2 km from the moat.
Turn right onto the Canal Road and keep going for 6.8 km.
You will see a sign for the turn off for the Huay Tung Thao lake on the left. Turn left.
Continue for 2.2 km to the lake. Pay 20/50 Baht per person at the toll booth.
When you get to the lake turn left and go around the lake for another 1.1 km.
You will see the large standing Buddha. We will meet near there.

If you want to join, make sure you have read the general hiking advice on this website as well as the details in this particular post. Then if you still think the hike is for you, just turn up at the meeting place on time. No need to let us know.  No groups please.

Items to bring/prepare:

  • at least 2 litres of water or rehydration drink
  • energy snacks and/or a picnic brunch
  • strong footwear with good grip and ankle support
  • sticks recommended for steep downhill
  • sunhat, sunscreen, insect repellant
  • long sleeves/pants recommended
  • plenty of energy, enthusiasm, team spirit and good humour

17/11/12 Huay Jo Rocky Mountain Loop



This is a pretty woodland hike mainly on well defined trails and at the midway point, where we will take our main break, we will be on a ridge which offers some nice views through the trees.  However, as the name suggests, it is very rocky in places (the little ones that can make it slippery) so good footwear, preferably boots with ankle support, is essential and a pole or cane is recommended.  The hike is longer than usual at 17kms with a total ascent of 700mtrs so moderate fitness and stamina is also required.

If you want to join the hike please read the “What to do”, “Things to bring” and “Dangers” tabs and if you still think its for you then simply turn up at the meeting point at the correct time.  No guarantee of a ride can be given and no parties or groups please.

Meeting place/time

Outside McDonalds, Meechok Plaza, on the 1001 road, just past the intersection with the 3029 at 0720 for a 0730 departure.

Please bring:

  • at least 2.5 litres of water/rehydration drink
  • energy snacks and picnic
  • protection from sun/heat, rain/cold, insects
  • a change of clothing and 100Bht gas money if you want a lift
  • strong footwear with good grip and trekking poles/sticks highly recommended
  • lots of energy, enthusiasm, team spirit and good humour



17/11/05_Choice of hikes

This Sunday our hikers will enjoy one of two alternative hikes: a relatively short easy one (Ban Doi Pui to Buddha Footprint), and a more ambitious one (Ban Phasakngam loop). Please scroll down further to read about the second of these hike plans.

17/11/05_Ban Doi Pui to Buddha footprint and back


This is an easier and shorter alternative hike for this Sunday: an old favourite. We will meet at the Arboretum at 7:50am, and drive up to Ban Doi Pui either by car pooling or possibly hiring a songtaew (red truck) or two if necessary. In Ban Doi Pui where our hike begins from the lovely garden there. This is an easy hike along shady trails with a beautiful view from the rocks on the ridge of Doi Pa Kha where we will spend some time enjoying a snack before returning to Baan Doi Pui via the reputed Buddha footprint. Lunch will be in the village. Afterwards we return to the Arboretum. We should be back before 2pm.

Hike initiator: Michael M

If you want to join just turn up at the meeting place on the day and on time. No groups, please.

Meeting Place

Meet at 07:50 in the car park of the Huay Kaeow Arboretum (also known as the exercise park).

  • Head straight out from the moat 3.5 km towards Doi Suthep on Huay Kaeow Road.
  • The arboretum is on the left after the front entrance to Chiang Mai University and just before the entrance to the Zoo.
  • The car park of the arboretum is at the end of the park near the zoo.

See the maps below (click to enlarge them).

The location of arboretum from the moat of the old city

The location of arboretum from the moat of the old city


As per the normal advice (see tabs at top of page), except:

  • you will probably only need one litre of water
  • Please bring at least THB 300 per person, to include transport and lunch. If car-pooling, please offer your driver THB 100 for the round-trip, as a contribution for fuel etc. You might have to pay a bit more if we need to hire a songtaew without a full load of passengers.

17/11/05_Ban Phasakngam loop

Reminder: all hikers attend each hike at their own risk. A few more rules and warnings than usual for this Sunday: no newbies or inexperienced hikers on this hike, please, as it includes some very overgrown sections, fallen bamboo to climb over, and very sketchy, intermittent, steep trails. The higher ridges are quite stony in places so strong boots with high ankle support are strongly recommended. Some very steep downhill sections later on too, so good grip, balance and sticks needed. Total elevation gain/loss: 850m.

Final restriction: I’d like to ask all those who join this hike to agree to recce and lead, or joint lead,  a Sunday hike over the next month or so. We are entering peak (pun intended) hiking season and need to arrange multiple hikes, some easier, some less so, if we are to keep numbers manageable. We cannot do this unless more of us step up to help. Current hike leaders will be happy to advise new leaders and help with exploration and navigation. Please help spread the load. Let’s talk on Sunday.


Hike start point viewed from the first peak

Meeting point & travel: In front of Susco petrol station on H.118 towards Doi Saket at 07.30.  Max 30 minutes drive to the trailhead. But then a 30 minute walk along a quiet dirt road before the hike proper begins. Same 30 minute hike back at the end, during the heat of the day. One other short section along a surfaced road through a quiet village. Hike time: up to 7 hours, including all breaks and lunch in village.

EV graph

Please bring:

  • at least 2 litres of water or rehydration drink
  • protection from sun, rain, heat, cold, thorn/bamboo scratches, insects, …
  • energy snacks and money for late lunch at village restaurant, 5 kms before hike end
  • trekking poles/sticks recommended for steep downhills
  • change of clothes and Bt.100 petrol money if needing a lift to the hike
  • lots of energy, enthusiasm, team spirit and good humour. 

17/10/29_Nam Mae Kwong Circular

Hikers are responsible for their own safety at all times. Please read the full hike description/requirements section and consider your preparedness.

Note that good-quality footwear and a reasonable sense of balance will be required to navigate the very steep descent close to the end of the hike.

This is a low-level ridge hike in the Doi Saket area, first done by the Group in February this year. Judging by the number of familiar faces in the Group photograph, several of you may remember it. Distance 10 kilometers and elevation gain 550 meters. Estimated elapsed time between 4 and 5 hours.


29 Hikers assembled in front of the resort barrier

Most of the hike is on open trails through dry dipterocarp forest, with a few pine trees at the highest elevations. Early this year the views were obscured by pollution haze in the valleys, but  decent views are likely at this time of year.


The climb to the highest point on the ridge is gradual with no steep sections. However, from the high-point the descent back to the starting area is steep in places. The final segment of the descent is very steep and good footwear along with care and attention will be necessary to avoid a slalom end.

We will stop for a snack break somewhere along the ridge.

Hike Leaders: Richard and Stephen

Meeting Place: 07.30 in front of the SUSCO service station on Highway 118 (Doi Saket Road). From the City Centre head NE along Kaew Nawarat Road towards Central Festival. Continue straight through the Superhighway, then Inner Ring Road and San Sai Noi traffic lights. The SUSCO gas station is 400 meters past the San Sai Noi junction on the left.


The hike starting point is about 30 minutes by car from the meeting point. 

If you want to join, just turn up at the meeting point on time. No need to let us know. No groups please.

Please bring/prepare:

  • At least two liters of water/rehydration drink.
  • A snack.
  • 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.

17/10/22_700p to Doi Pha Kha loop

A local, lower-level hike with no long drive to/from a meeting place. Distance: 10 kms, up/down 800m, in about 4-5 hours, depending on group speed. Uphill for the first 2.5 hours, often steeply, then often steep and slippery on the long downhill too – no gym shoes, please. Check website after 06.30 on Sunday morning for possible weather update. All hikers are responsible for their own safety. No groups please. 

No porcupines at the falls

We cross the Porcupine Falls stream on the way back down.

Possible option to continue on up to Ban Khun Chiang Khian village for stronger hikers, if we have a second leader available. Extra 4kms and 200-300m elevation gain.


Not much level ground.

Aftermath possibly at Nong Flook?

Meeting place: Meet at the small carpark (18º 50.235′ N, 98º 57.168′ E) just before the dam behind the 700p stadium (see map below) at 07.50 for 8am start.  From the stadium entrance traffic lights, go straight on, past the friendly, but sometimes inquisitive, gate guards (smile!) and straight on through the compound up the steepish hill to the meeting carpark.


Please bring:

  • at least 2 litres of water/rehydration drink
  • energy snacks and picnic
  • protection from sun/heat, rain/cold, insects
  • strong footwear with good grip and trekking poles/sticks recommended
  • lots of energy, enthusiasm, team spirit and good humour