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2021/05/02_Only private small-group hiking

There is no open hike this week or next, to comply with Order 42/2564 of the Chiang Mai Communicable Disease Committee, which prohibits events of more than ten people in the period 26 April to 9 May.

We encourage people to hike in small groups of friends, taking due care against covid transmission. Regulars may contact Michael, who might be able to put you in touch with another person to share your hike with.

2021/04/25_Thepsadet Waterfall

This hike is located one hour’s drive north-east of Chiang Mai city in the mountains along the Chiang Mai-Lampang provincial border.

We will leave our vehicles in the parking lot for the Thepsadet Waterfall.

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We will commence by visiting this impressive waterfall and from there ascend to the ridge line above. The route is steep in places, but not unduly difficult.

The basic hike (i.e. without the optional diversion mentioned below) is about 8km long and with a cumulative elevation gain of 500 meters, it will take about 4 hours. From the point at which we reach the ridge, a forest trail runs along the ridge-line until it intersects a paved mountain road, which will lead us steeply but sedately back down to the vehicles via an off-road diversion through a small resort on the river bank.

There is an option to climb up to the local high-point at 1,719 meters, which offers beautiful views over the surrounding mountains. This is a spur off the main trail, adding about 1.5km in distance, 200m in elevation gain and a little under a an hour in time. Unless conditions are particularly hot and hazy, this is strongly recommended.

Heat and humidity reach a maximum at this time of year. Please ensure you take along an adequate supply of drinking water, use sun screen and wear a hat.

Please bring along a snack or light lunch to eat on the trail. Those interested in a late lunch have the option of stopping in a Doi Saket restaurant on the way back to town.

Hike Organiser: Richard.

If you would like to attend: Please read the general information on this site, as well as this particular post. If you still think this hike is for you, then just turn up at the meeting place on the day and time. We will drive in convoy from the meeting place to the hike start point. Be aware that during this active phase of the Covid-19 epidemic drivers may be unwilling to share vehicles with strangers.

Meeting Point: in front of the SUSCO filling station on Highway 118 at 07.20 for a 07.30 departure.

Please bring:

  • Face mask.
  • At least 2 liters of drinking water/ rehydration drink.
  • Protection from rain and sun.
  • Energy snacks and picnic lunch.
  • Strong footwear with deep tread/ good grip and a hiking pole.
  • Lots of energy, team spirit and good humour.
  • Passengers please bring 100 Baht towards driver’s expenses and a change of shirt/ clothes.

2021/04/18_ Ban Mae Sapok Waterfall Loop

STOP PRESS. The leader has a car problem before setting out, so THE HIKE IS CANCELLED

The main hike is a relatively easy one of about eight kms with only 400m ascent on mainly good paths. An even shorter option will be available, walking to the “beach” area and waiting for the main group there.

The hike will start close to the elephant camp and, if there are any in residence, there may be a short feeding session. The main hike will then meander up from the river, mainly through open farmland, before making our way back down to the river and the “Rambo” waterfall. As this is a relatively short hike there will be no lunch break but two snack breaks at the Rambo waterfall and the “beach” area,  at which some hikers may want to have a swim. We should complete the loop back to the elephant camp in about four hours,including stops. Afterwards we will have refreshments at a small restaurant on the way back to Chiang Mai.

Hike leader: SRR

Meeting Point & Time:
We will meet at the PTT gas station at Nam Phrae, about 20kms south of Chiang Mai on the extension of the Canal road – the Hang Dong Sanpatong bypass road. 7.45am for an 8am start.

If you want to join:
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 offer THB 100 to your driver for fuel etc. and bring a change of clothing for the return journey. Some of our car-driving hikers will also request you wear a face-mask if car-sharing with them. There may also be checks by police on the road.

Please bring:  See “Things to bring” tab above, but specially consider:

  • face-mask (mainly for in-car use)
  • hat/sunblock, as some sections of the hike do not have tree cover
  • for passengers:100 baht towards fuel costs and a change of clothes, footwear
  • bags of energy, enthusiasm and a good sense of humour

2021/04/10_NOTICE! Covid-19 precaution

We are still planning to go ahead with the hike tomorrow, but, in view of the recent upsurge in Covid-19 cases in Chiang Mai, we add the following strong advice to the hike post.

HIKERS SHOULD WEAR MASKS WHEN SHARING CAR JOURNEYS, AND IN VILLAGE AND TEMPLE AREAS. And please practise social distancing as far as practical.

2021/04/11_Big white Bhudda to magic monk and high ridge back

Beautiful clear views are back! (Or at least were back on Thursday)

So refreshing to check this out on Thursday! Clear, clean air, the vivid jungle greenery all waking up, blue sky, punctuated by fluffy white clouds,and noisy jungle insects. Underfoot, freshly washed and more forgiving than the dry dusty days. Hopefully will still be the case at least for the next few days.

This hike starts at an unusually high elevation of 830m, at the large white Bhudda, known as Phra Caao Than Cai, it is located at the high point of the 1229 road. The hike combines some great ridge walking with good valley views and a visit to an interesting temple site.

For the first 4 km one drops down eventually to the valley containing the village of Mae Takhrai. There is a temple with a constantly developing site which features a giant statue, still in construction of the famous monk, Luang Phor Thuat, who appears to be on a pilgrimage and is already visible from afar. It is very interesting to visit.

Leaving the village the real work of the main hike begins, gradually ascending at first and eventually quite steep, but never difficult, the ascent takes one up onto a scenic ridge that offers views, both of the valley one has just climbed from, as well as the Mae on area. One or two rocky promontories offer scenic places for snack breaks. The ridge eventually drops down to the path used earlier and returns to the White Bhudda..

An easier version of the hike will be offered if anyone wants it, which simply retraces the way back from the Monk, instead of climbing onto the ridge.

The main hike is 13km long, and the easy version is about 10km with considerably less vertical work to do. For both versions, hiking time will be around 4 ½ hours, plus whatever time the group chooses to spend exploring the temple area.

Hike leader: John (Assistant: Michael)

If you want to join: Please ensure you have read the general advice on this website (see tabs above) as well as this specific 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.

In view of the recent uptick in Covid-19 infections in Chiang Mai, please be extra careful and wear masks when sharing car rides.

Meeting time and place: 7:20am for a 7:30 convoy departure from the side of the 1317 slip road in front of Promenada shopping mall. OR at the White Buddha Phra Caao Than Cai at 8am for hike start at approximately 08:15.

2021/04/04_Wiang Kum Kam hike

Wiang Kum Kam is the site of a precursor of Chiang Mai: a city established on the Ping River more than 700 years ago, which seems to have been soon superseded by Chiang Mai, and eventually abandoned due to repeated flooding and a change in the course of the river. Nowadays one can find the excavated foundations of many former temples in a maze of quiet lanes amid cultivated areas, old trees and suburban dwellings.

We will have a two- to three-hour ramble to make or renew our acquaintance with this interesting area, while keeping up the habit of walking in this hot and smoky season.

Leader: Michael

Meeting time and place: 07:30 for 07:40 start, in the carpark of the Wiang Kum Kam Information Center next to the southern part of the 3029 ring road. If driving along the ring road from the east, you need to go past and take a slip-road for a U-turn underneath the river bridge. Go slow when approaching, because the Center isn’t very clearly signposted and you can’t quickly turn back if you overshoot.

If you want to come: just turn up at the stated time and place, with enough energy for three hours in the sun, and enough good-humour to take things as they come.

Bring: Especially remember a hat, because much of the hike is exposed.

2021/04/04 NOTICE! Change of hike

ChiangMaiHiking has decided to un-post the hike posted yesterday for the coming Sunday, as it might have violated a dry-season ban currently in place on hiking in Doi Suthep/Pui National Park.

Another (probably short) hike will be posted for this Sunday.

Apologies for any inconvenience.

2021/03/28_Zoo hike

The hot smoky season, and the fact that this will be a voting day for Thais, make it the right time for a relatively short local hike. So let’s do something new: have a walk round the zoo. It covers a surprisingly large area, but many of us have lived in Chiang Mai for a long time without ever having been inside. The basic cost is a reasonable THB 150 for adults.

We will try to hike this as a group, following a route researched by the leader, taking about three hours. Very short pauses may be incorporated in order to look at animals, but we will try to keep this as a hike with forward momentum.

Leader: Michael

Meeting time and place: 7.50am for 8am departure from the small carpark west of Huay Kaew Arboretum.

Don’t forget: Bring sun protection and plenty of fluids.