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.
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.
- 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