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17/09/10_Trip Report Mok Fa Waterfall Lisu Village and Coffee Plantation Loop Hike

13 hikers joined us today, including 3 at the entrance to Mok Fa waterfall in Doi Suthep-Pui National Park just on the road to Pai. Thanks to our Thai member Bus, we had a park ranger waiting to guide us on our hike, which started around 8:30.

We took the same route as the previous time for the first half that took us from the park entrance to a Buddha statue and rest place on the highway to Pai. The trail was a bit overgrown, but featured some interesting sites including a Lisu cemetery that looked like it would make a nice set for a horror movie. We hope that taking pictures of graves did not disturb the Lisu ghosts.







After a short rest for snacks and drinks, we walked on the highway a short bit and then turned left into a small Lisu village that featured an interesting looking bridge. We then turned right up the hill rather than the route along the river we took on the previous hike. We gained a bit of altitude, and then walked back down through some pastoral areas and a royal project coffee plantation and coffee shop (which is closed on Sundays unfortunately), before finally arriving back at the park entrance. The entire loop ended up being about 8.5 kilometres. We had a short swim in the waterfalls and then lunch at Pankled Coffee.




17/09/10_Mok Fa Waterfall Mystery Hike

This Sunday we will try a mystery hike on a trail in the Mok Fa Waterfall area that the group has not tried yet. The last time the group visited Mok Fa Waterfall our ranger suggested a hike involving two mountains in the area, so we have taken the ranger up on his offer to try out this hike. We are not sure how many kilometers the hike will be, but it should not be too phyiscally demanding as there are not any extremely high mountains in the area. However, the trail could be overgrown a bit and there could be some water crossings, so please be mentally prepared for bit of bush/water. Hopefully it will be a nice opportunity to explore a new area that not many people visit.


There should be some swimming in the waterfall after the hike if the weather conditions are good, so bring a towel and/or swimming clothes if you plan to swim (however, conditions may not be favourable if there is rain). We will have lunch at a restaurant near the park entrance.


We will post an update regarding the weather if necessary at around 6:50 on Sunday.


Hike Leader: William & Bussakorn &Waka

If you want to join

Just turn up at the meeting place on the day and on time.

We cannot accommodate groups.

Meeting Place

The meeting time and place for the Sunday hike will be 7:30 am outside the 700-Year Stadium ( see map below), for a departure at 7:40. We will share/pool cars and motorbikes and will drive to our starting point, Mok Fa Waterfall.

To get to the meeting place at the 700-Year Stadium, head straight out from the North West corner of the moat 2 km towards Doi Suthep on Huay Kaew Road (H.1004).

Turn right onto the Canal Road H.121

After 4.5 km you will see the traffic lights (don’t go into the Stadium area.)

when you are at traffic lights of 700 years stadium you will see the big parking area on canal road in front of 700 years stadium there we will meet.



Bring :

  • around 1.5-2 liters of water or more, snacks
  • good footwear etc. hat, rain wear, insect repellent, sun-block, towel and/or swim gear
  • energy, team spirit, enthusiasm and a good sense of humour.
  • 100 baht entrance fee for foreigners, 20 baht for Thais
  • Tip of about 50 baht per person for the park ranger

17/09/03_Trip report_White Buddha Hike

Fifteen hikers gathered in front of Promenada and the convoy set off toward the “White Buddha” which is goal point of this hike. A motorcyclist joined us at the White Buddha, making sixteen. Then we all moved on to the starting point in Ban Mae Tha Krai.

We started the hike at 8:40 and made for the 3-way junction, taking rests about every 30 minutes. Perfect blue sky welcomed the hikers even though it is rainy season currently.

After taking a short break, we started the hike again and turned southwards to the goal point, the White Buddha. Before getting there, we had a lunch break at the rock garden, whose amazing view we could enjoy to the full on this fine day.

All the hikers reached the goal poin at 12:20. Five hikers went to the starting point to pick their cars up, and then twelve of us lingered for meals and drinks at a local restaurant. After that, five hikers went to San Kampaeng hot springs to enjoy bathing.

The distance of the hike was 7.8km and it took 3 hours 40 minutes. Thanks to everybody who cooperated in making the hike.

Hike leadership by Chan and Monjiro. Report by Monjiro. The photos are from hikers.

17/08/27 Trip Report Huai Chang Khian Loop







A group of seven gathered at the start point and despite the overcast and misty start to the day by 0830 the weather had significantly improved and looked good for the hike.  After an initial minor detour due to the, usually, small stream being impassable we made it on to the trail and began the ascent which was quite wet at first due to the tall undergrowth still being wet from the overnight rain.  Taking a few short breaks for water and to regroup the ascent was competed in good time and a snack break was then taken during which it was decided to follow the Porcupine Waterfall trail instead of the planned route as the descent was a lot more gentle and the hike would be a little longer.  Snacks finished and the sun shining the group set off again and, after scrambling through a few hundred metres of tall grass we came to the forest and a nice trail which took us down to the waterfall and another break.  No porcupines sighted today.  Back on the trail and a nice leisurely pace saw us back to the start point after about 40 minutes after which it was a short drive down to the restaurant for the post hike refreshments.

Thanks to all who came for your company and making it a very pleasant morning.  Special thanks to Waka for the photos.

Stats for those interested  8.5km in 3hrs and a total of 430mtrs ascent.

17/08/20_Trip Report_MonCham loop hike report


Despite the heavy overnight rain and overcast sky ten hikers turned up at the start point. Fortunately the rain held off and the going was only mildly soft, with occasional puddles on the road to be negotiated. Unfortunately the side path to Anders’ cave is now completely grown over so we had to double back and down through a small forest to the bottom of the valley, skipping the cave. Given the mild temperature the ascent up the hill was relatively easy and indeed as we reached the top the sun came out, if only briefly. We then doubled back down the hill to the car park to complete the walk in under three hours. Afterwards eight hikers retired to the Thermadoi restaurant for an enjoyable lunch.

Hike leadership and report by Stephen



17/08/13_Trip Report_Mok Fa Waterfall Circular River Hike


Somewhere in the neighbourhood of eight to twelve hikers gathered at the meeting place, and drove about 45 minutes to Mok Fa waterfall in Doi Suthep-Pui National Park just off the road to Pai. Thanks to our Thai member Bus, we had a park ranger waiting to guide us on our hike, which started at 8:30.

We were glad to have the guide, as the trail that was used previously by our group in September 2014 was quite overgrown with bamboo and other plants, and was hard to find in places. While not that aerobically demanding, the trail was fairly difficult technically as it involved a bit of bushwhacking, climbing over and under fallen bamboo, slippery slopes, and river crossings.

The trail mostly followed the trail that was used in September 2014, but at one point we were given an option to take the hill route or river route. Whereas the hill route was used in the previous hike, we opted for the river route, which was a lot of fun for most members of the group, although a bit slow and slippery in some parts. The water was knee-deep in some areas, and this route might have been a challenge without the assistance of our guide.

In total the hike was about 6km and took about 4 hours, including a swim. We had lunch and refreshments at Pankled Coffee nearby, which was pretty good.

According to the park ranger, there are other hikes available in the area, so we are looking forward to another visit sometime soon.




17/08/06_Hike Report_Wat Pong Noi to Forester’s Camp

8 human hikers and one canine companion set off under gloomy skies and with dire predictions for a good soaking. Fortunately, not for the first time, the dire predictions turned out to be closer to 100% wrong than 100% rain. For the most part the rain held off and the cloudy conditions made for very comfortable hiking. Only when we got near to the high point of the hike did we climb into the low cloud, at which point a steady rain started falling and continued until we descended below cloud level on the way back down. This made for a cool and uncomfortable snack break.


The group photo shows seven happy smiling faces and bashful Arthit’s rear end.


A relaxed descent allowed time for enjoying the fragrances of nature.


Butterfly of the day is the Common Bushbrown.


We got back to the vehicles at just after 1.30, pretty much as expected. The official stats record a distance of 14 kilometers and a total elevation gain of 850 meters.

A group of 3 of us then repaired to an Esarn restaurant just off the Canal Road, where we partook of first-class refreshments.