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17/03/26_Huey Tung Tao Loop (and swim?)

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The view will probably be hazier than this!

This hike starts from the Golden Buddha at Huey Tung Tao. The route follows the trail to Daat Mook Waterfall before diverging right on connecting trails to the road system leading past farms and orchards below the ridge above Huey Tueng Tao. The ridge is the highpoint of the hike where we can stop for a rest and snack before continuing our journey. From the ridge, the trail descends rapidly to the east. After slipping and sliding down 300 meters, views of the valley begin to appear between the trees. We reach a fork in the trail and chose the branch to the left which continues our descent down the open slopes above Huey Tueng Tao.

Total distance about 12 kilometers with about 650 meters of elevation gain. Time for the hike is about six hours with stops for snacks and water along the way. It’s a longish hike in this hot weather, so sun protection and lots of water are essential to bring.

The special pleasure comes at the end when we get to quench our thirst, appease our hunger – and some of us will cool our bodies by swimming – at one of the lakeside restaurants.

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Meeting Point & Time.

We will meet at 7:45 am next to the Golden Buddha on the west shore of Huey Tueng Tao (See map for directions). You will need to buy a ticket to enter the lake area, 50 baht per person. Huay Tung Thao is 12 km out of town from the North East corner of the moat. standingbuddhamap[1]

  • Driving around the outside of the moat turn left onto Huay Kaeow Rd after the Chiang Mai Ram Hospital. This is the road running out from the NE 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 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. You made it!

After some words from our leader, we will depart at 8:00 am

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

Please bring/prepare:  As normal except:

  • The special thing this week is – really seriously – lots of water (at least two litres), because the hike will be hot and long.
  • Also hat and/or other sun protection, as a fair bit of it is not under forest cover.
  • This hike does need strong footwear with good grip and ankle support. Poles useful for the steep bits.
  • Swimwear and towel !

Hike leader: Jenny

17/03/19_Adventure Hike at Op Khan National Park

Reprise of a favourite hike pioneered by Pam and Anders a little over two years ago.

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We will hike in a beautiful valley, along a  small river named Nam Mae Khanin in Op Khan National Park. Crystal clear cold water from the mountains, but probably not too much because of the season.  The hike can be classified as easy . We will have some steep sections, but not more than for around 30 minutes in total.  For the most part it is a hike along the narrow river valley. Hiking time including breaks and lunch is 4 hours and 30 minutes, up to 5 hours, depending on the group. The little specialty that makes this  an adventure hike is that we will cross the river numerous times and for one hour we will  hike in the stream. But please do not worry, the river is wide  and the water level is about 10 centimeters or less only. Soft and sandy ground to walk on and delightfully cool mountain water. In order to be able to get the full benefits of this hike, it is very important that you bring two pairs of shoes with you. A couple for the river wading and a couple for the regular hiking. You can say that this hike is a bit magic ……. Option after the hike: Nice lunch at the spectacular Canyon Restaurant.

Hike Leader: Anders, assisted by Tom

If you want to join: You should have read the general advice on this website as well as the specific details in this post. If you still think the hike is for you, just turn up at the meeting place on the day and on time. We cannot accommodate groups. Passenger places are usually available in car-pooling, but cannot be guaranteed. If you are a passenger, please contribute THB 100 to your driver for fuel etc.

Meeting Point & Time.

This time we will meet at 07:20 for 07:30 start. We will meet at the open area just past the PTT gas station when driving southwards on Canal Road from the Suthep Road junction.  (Please click on map to enlarge)

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Advice:

Equipment needed is as usual (see the “Things to bring” tab, above) except :

  • bring amphibious footwear or two pairs, for walking both in the stream and on dry land. Also a plastic bag for transporting wet footwear in the car.

Trip report_17/03/12 _Ban Pha Nok Kok loop

Nice view

11 hikers met up at the meeting point. In the village we met one more. So we were 12 hikers in total.

Group picture

We set off from the village and followed the road/farmers track which climbed, fairly gently, up the hillside into the farmland.

At the farmers’ trail

We continued upwards and after 1:20 hour we turned left in the light forest and then to a big banana farm and back to the farmers track.

The light forest

The banana farm

We reached the Lychee farm area where we had a snack break. After we climbed up to the summit there had a very good view and a refreshing breeze. We stopped for lunch and turn back to the village.

Very nice view

Nice view

Way back from the summit

After we finished the hike we went to a new Restaurant for refreshments.

A great day; thanks to all who joined!

Facts: 13km, 4 hours 30 minutes.

Nice restaurant

The view from the restaurant

Photos by Anders, Bussakorn and Tom.

Hike leadership and report by Tom.

17/03/12 _Ban Pha Nok Kok loop

This post corrects an earlier one which had the wrong date and post-hike details. Contrary to the earlier post, the hike will take place on the Sunday, as usual. The hike is about 5 hours and after the hike we will be going to a nice restaurant not far from the starting point.

We will be hiking mainly along farmers trails through agricultural land with some lovely views, seasonal conditions permitting.  The hike is at a relatively high altitude, starting at 1000m rising to about 1500m (a total altitude gain of around 700m) and a total distance of about 13km.  Although there is a fair amount of shade hats and sunblock are a must and do consider additional fluids too.

Hike leader: Tom

Meeting Place:
We will meet at 07.30 am for an 07.40 start, in front of the 700-year stadium (see map), just beside the 121 irrigation canal road (not inside the stadium), then carpool to the hike start point.

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If you’re thinking of joining…

Please carefully read the general advice and warnings on this website as well as this specific hike description. If you still think the hike is for you, just turn up at the meeting-place on time: there is no need to tell us you are coming. Lifts in the cars of other hikers are usually available but cannot be guaranteed. If getting a lift, please have a mutual understanding with your driver about post-hike priorities (e.g. whether having a meal with the group) and where they can drop you on return to town. Please bring a change of shirt for in-car pleasantness on the return journey. And please contribute THB 100 per person towards the fuel etc.

Please bring :

  • at least 2 litres of water/rehydration drink
  • snacks
  • 100Bht for your driver if sharing their car.
  • sunhat, sunblock, rain protection.
  • energy, enthusiasm, and good humour.
  • spare fresh T-shirt, frock or tux you can change into at the end, especially if you are going to be traveling home with others in a car.

 

17/03/05_Nam Mae Lai Noi watershed hike

It’s two years since we hiked this, under the name of Cow Pat Ridge hike. On that occasion, no cows or cow pats were found, although khao pat was among the refreshments in the local restaurant afterwards.

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Up one shady ridge, along a second and down a third. Nothing too steep or strenuous and most regular hikers should have little difficulty, though the first 3.5 kms is all uphill and will probably take us about 90 minutes. A few narrow sections above steep drops, and some spiky undergrowth, tripable roots, slippery leaf fall and dried cow pats. Cows and nasty biting black flies may be encountered. There may be some burning up there at this time of year, as everywhere.

Up, along and down again.

Up, along and down again.

A high level ‘escape the heat, smoke and dust’ (we hope) hike, starting at just under 1100m and climbing up to 1649m, on the east side of the Chiangmai valley. Great ridge top views, pine smells, and relatively cool breezes (probably about 10 degrees cooler than in town). 9-10 kms, up (and later down) almost 700m. Around 4-5 hours hiking, including lunch on the rocks.

Lunch on the rocks

 

Hike leader: Anders

Meeting time: 07:30 for 07:40 convoy departure

Meeting point: <18°48’48.69″ N  99°01’52.92″ E>

The Susco petrol/gas station, opposite Suzuki showroom.  From the city centre, head NE along Kaew Nawarat Rd towards CenFes (Central Festival shopping mall), past H.11 superhighway, then middle ring road and Sansai Noi (Sam Yaek) market traffic lights, and continue 400m straight on the CM-Doi Saket-Rd, H.118 towards Chiang Rai. It’s on the left.

Fuel, toilets and convenience store available.  If leaving a vehicle here, please park considerately, away from the store front.  Click on map/streetview image to enlarge.

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If you’re thinking of joining…

Please carefully read the general advice and warnings on this website as well as this specific hike description. If you still think the hike is for you, just turn up at the meeting-place on time: there is no need to tell us you are coming. Lifts in the cars of other hikers are usually available but cannot be guaranteed.  Please bring a change of shirt for in-car pleasantness on the return journey. And please contribute THB 100 per person towards the fuel etc.

Please bring:
• at least 2 litres of water/rehydration drink, energy snacks and lunch.
• sun protection, strong footwear, long sleeves/trousers to stop stings, bites and thorns.
• plenty of energy, enthusiasm and good humour.
• 100 baht for your driver if you are a passenger. Change of clothes recommended too.

17/02/26_Loop above the Mae Ngat Somboon Chon reservoir

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A hike above the Mae Ngat Somboon Chon reservoir, the big water supply for Chiang Mai, about  50 km north of the town.

Another new fresh hike for our repertoire.

We will hike up to the ridge that is above the lake. On our way up to the peak of Doi Pha Tang (890 m) we will get some spectacular views in the surroundings, the lake with its floating resorts and the valley with the farmers. We will follow the ridge, and later hike back down to our start point. A medium strength hike. A loop about 5 hours, with good shelter from the sun. Hopefully no smog this day! Notice this is a rocky area, so please use good footwear!

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Afterwards we wil have lunch at Si Lanna National Park headquarters. Stunning views over the lake. Driving time (car-sharing) from the meeting point to the hike is about one hour each way.

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Hike leader: Anders

Meeting time: 07:30

Meeting point: Outside McDonalds, Meechok Plaza, on the 1001 road, just past the intersection with the 3029.

Location of Meechok Plaza

Location of Meechok Plaza

Street view of Meechok Plaza

Street view of Meechok Plaza

If you’re thinking of joining…

Please carefully read the general advice and warnings on this website as well as this specific hike description. If you still think the hike is for you, just turn up at the meeting-place on time: there is no need to tell us you are coming. Lifts in the cars of other hikers are usually available but cannot be guaranteed. If getting a lift, please have a mutual understanding with your driver about post-hike priorities (e.g. whether having a meal with the group) and where they can drop you on return to town. Please bring a change of shirt for in-car pleasantness on the return journey. And please contribute THB 100 per person towards the fuel etc.

You should bring…

As per the general advice under the “Things to Bring” tab at the top of the page, except…

  • Special need for solid hiking footwear, due to rocky terrain

 

Trip Report_17/02/19 – Buddha Footprint – Easy Alternate Hike

We were all surprised when 12 hikers showed up for this shorter hike, all eager to go! There were enough cars too, so we set off on good time for the drive up to Baan Doi Pui. When the parking attendant at the upper parking lot saw our hiking gear, it was obvious to him that we that we would be gone a long while, so we were relegated to the school lot below. After regathering at the upper lot, we counted noses, welcomed the 2-3 new hikers to the group, and set off.

Group at the garden entrance, minus the leader

Group at the garden entrance, minus the leader

On the trail, photo by Sharon so leader could be in it

On the trail, photo by Sharon so leader could be in it

We never reached any record high speeds, though a few faster walkers managed to create a gap between us. About 1/2 way we took an enforced break for water, and then forged on to the ridge, reaching it about 2 1/2 hours after we set out. The view was “dusty”, but at least we were not enveloped in fog, and the temperature was very pleasant.

Snack break on the ridge

Snack break on the ridge

 

After a longish snack break, we went to see the Buddha Footprint. I think I remember there was a time when it did look like a footprint, but one would need a good imagination to see one now. Some of the hikers continued a bit farther to look for a better footprint, and came back having to admit that the one we had seen was it.
From here we kicked up great clouds of dust as we “raced” back to the village in 1 1/2 hours and crowded around the table in our favorite khawsoy restaurant. What a surprise to have Peter, in the midst of a much longer hike, appear and join us for lunch!