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18/04/15_Songkran City Special

Many of our regulars are on other trips for the Songkran holiday, but I hope a few old and/or new companions will join me for a fun stroll this Sunday morning, taking in some of the city Songkran experience. We will improvise the details of the route, but the rough plan is to walk eastwards from Kad Suan Kaew on the North side of the old city to Wororot market and the river, and then loop back by more southerly roads. We may pause at some of the temples, and probably have water spashed on us at various points. Near the end, we may sit down in a cafe or small restaurant for drinks/brunch. Likely to be finished well before noon.

Meeting time and place:

7.30am for an 7.45am start from the entrance to the Kad Suan Kaew carpark on Huay Kaew Road (see picture).

Initiator: Michael M


  • Wear clothes which are light but not too immodest for temple compounds, and not too revealing when soaked.
  • Bring hat and/or sunblock.
  • Avoid bringing non-waterproof electronic items, or enclose them in waterproof bags.
  • Remember that compared with our usual hikes there is a relative risk of pickpocketing etc.



18/04/08_Thepsadet loop


Starting high and staying high as long as possible is the main aim of this hike, in an attempt to stay cooler in clearer air. To help with this aim we hope we’ve managed to arrange a little rain on Saturday to cleanse and cool the air for Sunday.

Two hikes in one, same start (Thepsadet waterfall carpark), different finish point (Pang Hai coffee shop for the longer hike). The first (a long U) is illustrated below in an elevation graph: 12 kms, up 780m, down 1000m, in 5-6 hours including breaks. The second (a shorter loop) option starts the same until the half way point and then returns to the Thepsadet carpark (see brown arrow on graph) down a 2km dirt road: 8.2 kms, up/down 600m, in about 4 hours or so. (Faster hikers who don’t want to wait for the main group to reach the initial ridge-top may wish to add on a very steep, 1km roundtrip, detour to the local highest peak/viewpoint, 1719m.)

Pang Hai loop graph

The first 8 kms or so is briefly along a quiet surfaced road, then dirt motorbike tracks, then clear, wide, shady ridge-top trails/firebreaks with some nice views. Later parts are narrower, sometimes steeper and more overgrown with occasional indistinct paths and a short bush-whack where a little gardening may be necessary.

All hikers are responsible for their own safety at all times. Burning forest and smoky air possible. No groups, please. No re-advertising online. Seats in cars cannot be guaranteed. 50-min drive each way between meeting point and hike start/end points. 

Meeting point: In front of Susco at 07.20 (for an 07.30 departure). Please be ready to tell if you intend to hike the longer or shorter option so we can arrange transport.


Please bring:

  • at least 2 litres of water/rehydration drink, 3 litres for longer hike
  • protection from sun/heat, rain
  • long pants/sleeves for insects (and thorns); repellent recommended
  • energy snacks and picnic lunch
  • strong legs/knees, footwear with deep tread/good grip, trekking pole/stick
  • lots of energy, team spirit and good humour
  • passengers please bring 100 baht for your driver and a change of shirt/clothes for the drive home.

18/04/01_Mon Jaem forest loop




This is a relatively easy hike along the forested ridges of Mon Jaem with (smog permitting) ridge views to the north (Doi Chiang Dao) and south ( Doi Pui). The hike will be mainly on dirt roads with lots of shade and with a couple of modest hills and one major viewing point. On the way back we will meander through a small vineyard (no wine on sale, unfortunately) and through the small settlement of Mon Jaem. The hike should take between three and four hours and afterwards we will retire for lunch to the Therma Doi restaurant.

Meeting point: The car park in front of the 700 Year Stadium on Canal Road

Meeting time: 7.45AM for an 8.00AM start

Hike leader: PGB

Otherwise, usual conditions apply (see general advice on this website).

18/03/18_Beyond Buddha’s Footprint

This Sunday’s hike is an extension of a well-known hike to Buddha’s Footprint high on a ridge on the back side of Doi Pui. The hike begins at Ban Hmong Doi Pui, a popular tourist destination at about 1200 meters elevation. From the village we proceed on a gradually rising trail through a highland forest for about two kilometers until reaching a saddle with a large valley opening to the north. Beyond the saddle we continue northwest about one kilometer up a gradual incline until reaching a rocky summit at 1522 meters elevation. We’ll have time here for a quick snack and drink until proceeding down to and beyond Buddha’s Footprint.

Shortly after passing Buddha’s Footprint three weeks ago, we found local villagers constructing an arena, stage, and campground high on the ridge. From what we could tell the construction is related to efforts to encourage volunteers and villagers to help prevent fires and to protect the environment. There were signs promoting the effort, mostly in Thai but also some smaller ones in English. It will be interesting to revisit this site.

We will then continue down the ridge, around a small peak, and arrive at a junction of several roads leading to hill tribe villages below. Judging by the structures found, this area is sometimes used by villagers for funeral ceremonies. From the junction we’ll hike up a road to the grassy summit of a small mountain, which is the destination of our hike where we’ll take a half hour lunch break. Depending on the visibility, there could be views of Doi Inthanon from the summit.

Returning to the arena-campground site mentioned earlier, we’ll descend the west slope of the ridge below Buddha’s Footprint. Three weeks ago we found many flowering trees along this portion of the trail. Rejoining the main trail we’ll return along the path previously traveled to the Hmong Village from which we departed. At the village we can enjoy a delicious lunch and liquid refreshments at any of several small restaurants.

This moderate hike is about 13 kilometers in length with about 615 meters of total elevation gain. Most of the hike is under a forest canopy and it should be relatively cool at this high elevation. The total hike including the lunch stop in the village should take about six hours. Allow another hour and a half for the drive from the arboretum to the village and back.

NOTE: There are several places along this route where you could get lost if you are not familiar with the trails. To avoid getting lost, please consult with one of the leaders before separating from the group.

Hike initiators:  Michael G, Michael M

Meeting Place

Meet at 07:30 am in the car park of the Huay Kaeow Arboretum (also known as the exercise park). We’ll depart for the village at 7:45 am.

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).



We’ll arrange car pools at the arboretum for the drive to the village, but there are no guarantees there will be room for everyone. However, it’s possible to arrange songthaew transport to and from the village if we do not have enough vehicles for everyone.

In addition to the normal advice (see tabs at top of page), bring:

  • A light jacket to wear in case it’s cool or windy at the top of the ridge.
  • At least two liters of water and snacks or a light lunch.
  • 100 baht for your driver if you are carpooling.
  • Plenty of smiles and a positive attitude.



18/03/11_Ban Huai Mo loop


All hikers are responsible for their own safety at all times. Burning forest possible and smoky air guaranteed. No groups, please. No re-advertising online, please. Seats in cars cannot be guaranteed. A 1-hour drive each way to/from the meeting point to the trailhead. 

This is a variation on a hike we’ve done before but in reverse and with a new section. About 10 kms, up/down about 950m (over 3,000 ft, sometimes steeply), and probably about 5 hours. Starting high (about 1200m) and reaching almost 1500m, with plenty of ups and downs. (Option to add the peak of Doi Phi Pannam from the SSW ridge for strong hikers who know the way and have independent transport. Possible second option to do a lower level loop starting and finishing at the same point, with about half the elevation gain.)  I’m afraid the popular calendar has disappeared from the wall of the local post-hike refreshment establishment.

Meeting point: In front of Susco at 07.20 (for an 07.30 departure). Then a 1 hour drive to the trailhead, which is up a surfaced but narrow and steep road above Ban Huai Mo. First gear may be necessary in places for some vehicles, especially when full of hikers. Parking space limited. 


Please bring:

  • at least 2 litres of water/rehydration drink
  • protection from sun/heat, insects, thorns
  • energy snacks and picnic lunch
  • strong legs/knees, footwear with deep tread/good grip, trekking pole/stick
  • lots of energy, team spirit and good humour
  • passengers please bring 100 baht for your driver and a change of shirt/clothes for the drive home.

18/03/04 Huay Tung Thao Ridge Loop (again)

The 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 valley views on the way, well they were last Wednesday. 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 if you want to swim).
The route is the same as the hike on 11th November 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.

Leader: pgb

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 and/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

18/02/25_Wat Umong to Wat Doi Kham

Wat Phra That Doi Kham

Before the mornings lose all freshness and clarity, let’s do this suburban hike between two of Chiang Mai’s most memorable temples. Meeting at our usual place south of the University on Canal Road, we will cross the road and walk up to Wat Umong. From there we will make our way through rather interesting back lanes and the University’s agricultural campus to the golden temple on a hill: Wai Pra That Doi Kham. The last part is a steep climb of forest path and dragon staircase. It’s a tourist attraction, and we will find truck-taxis ready to take us back (perhaps after we enjoy some refreshments together).

There will be less than ten km of walking, and it will take less than four hours, even making allowance for refreshment stops and return transport. So all over before the end of the morning.

Hike initiator: Michael M

If you want to join, just turn up at the meeting place on the day. No need to let us know you are coming. No groups please.

Meeting Place:

We will meet for a 7.15 start from the open ground immediately after the first traffic lights S after Suthep market on the irrigation canal road (H.121), just after the PTT petrol station (which has toilets, 711 and fuel). Meeting place GPS co-ordinates: 18° 47.002′ N  98° 57.512′ E


Things to bring:

  • Footwear for walking mainly on roads and steps
  • Hat (and maybe sunscreen), as there are some unshaded sections
  • About a litre of water (The hike is likely rapidly to become hot.)
  • At least THB 100 to be sure of covering the cost of returning by songthaew

Please note: this hike is probably unsuitable for your dog (or for you if you are dog-averse), as there are many dogs along the way.