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17/11/19 Trip report Huay Tung Thao Ridge Loop

There was a degree of confusion at the start of the hike, as a correction to the hike description was posted the previous day when it became known that a marathon run was to take place along the north-bound lane of the canal road, first thing Sunday morning. Half the hikers had already noted the pre-correction start time of 8am, and, having noted it, did not feel the need to revisit the website late Saturday. So Peter D led ten hikers from the Golden Buddha statue at just gone 8am. Peter G-B however, stayed behind to wait for those hikers planning to turn up for the 9am start.

Peter D account: The weather was forecast to be el scorchio, with a maximum of 36°C, and sky-high humidity, and so it proved to be. Climbing up, up and away from Huay Tung Thao lake our group initially jumped athletically (well the boys did anyway) across a concrete water-bearing culvert, up alongside and finally across a rocky stream, through grass, scrub and bamboo, and onto a fairly steep dirt-track road that wended its way inexorably up the mountain. Mostly wooded surroundings suddenly gave way to orchard basking in hot sunshine – several of the group took fruit hanging from an orange tree shading a convenient stopping point at a hut with a bench. Cynthia was about to sit on the bench at the precise point where mum and babe scorpion just happened to be minding there own business. Jenny took a few photos of these Arachnidae.

The path continued on through more orchards alternating with diverse tropical rain-forest containing fabulous towering Dipterocarpus alatus trees; a grove of Eucalyptus was espied above the first of the orchard areas. Butterflies were also prominent either nectaring or salt-sipping on damp rock surfaces, especially in the orchard areas. Species were numerous and included: Yam Fly, Neptis species, Dragontail, Common Imperial plus other Lycaenid species.

Further uphill sections took us eventually to our own private summit, and lunch. Here it was a touch cooler than the broiling soup kitchen below. From this point it was all downhill – a little too downhill for some – on reasonable forest trails through mainly invasive bamboo. Care had to be taken, with the length of the descent taking its toll on the legs of many within the group. Lower down, we reached a more flat and open grass-festooned ridge section which provided a smidgeon of respite, before dipping down once more through forest to rejoin the path close to our staring point, and eventually back to our cars and bikes.



Peter G-B’s account:  A group of 10, including three Newbies, set off at the later time and followed in the tracks of the earlier group and good progress was made up the hill to the turn off point.  After a short water break we continued along the dirt road, on a much  more gentle gradient, through light forest and farmland taking a pause every now and then to take in the scenery.  Upon coming to a junction, where we stopped for a snack break, we were left with two choices, option 1 was to follow in the footsteps of the earlier group, which entailed another 300mtrs ascent and about 2.5kms distance, or take a short cut and miss that section out.  By a large majority it was decided to take the short cut.

With snacks eaten we set off once again and, after a few hundred metres, left the dirt road and went back into the forest and the start of the descent.  We were not as lucky as the first group with regard to wildlife although some of us did get a fleeting glimpse of a snake as it sped past us, we thing it was either a Copperhead Racer or a Red Mountain Rat snake, whatever it was it was in a hurry and did not wait to be photographed.  Our route back was different to that of the earlier group and we did not have to negotiate the bamboo but otherwise, we met the same challenges and the group became a bit spread out for the  last kilometre.  All was well, nobody got lost and we arrived back at the cars/bikes with the same number that set out and from there it was a quick change and off to the restaurant for the usual post-hike refreshments and to wait for the other group.

The 2P’s would like to thank all who turned up, for both hikes, it was great to see everyone and special thanks to Cynthia (who was on the 0800 hike) for the photos.


17/11/12 Trip report Huay Jo Rocky Mountain Loop


No forgotten boots or wrong turnings this week, although we did “lose” a car for a little while but all was resolved quickly and no time was lost.  Just as well as there was only 2 cars in the convoy!  Eight of us, including an intrepid newbie, set off under near perfect conditions for today’s hike.  A steady pace was maintained and regular water breaks taken, especially on the main ascent, and the high/midway and main viewpoint of the hike was reached after about 3hrs so, it was about time to have a snack break and admire the scenery.


With snacks eaten and more liquids taken onboard we continued on the trail which loops around the valley and the start of the return leg.  The descent was less steep than the ascent but quite rocky in places so we did not rush and made it back to the start point after another 3hrs.  The total hike time was just over 6.5hrs, a distance of 17kms and a total ascent of 700mtrs.

After a quick change it was a short drive down to the restaurant and the usual post hike refreshments and banter.  The “2P’s” would like to thank all who came along making it a great day out and to “T” for the photos and making sure we all got our food and drinks in the restaurant


17/11/05_Trip report_Ban Phasakngam loop

In this age of alternative facts and fake news, decide for yourself which of these statements is/are true:

1. First leader forgot his boots and had to go home for them.

2. Second leader allowed first apprentice leader to lead the vehicle convoy…

3. … Apprentice leader got lost on the way to the trailhead.

4. Twelve volunteer apprentices signed up for future hike-leading-related duties (by joining today’s hike) …

5. … at least one of them had read today’s hike description.

6 …. at least one of them could show on the map where we’d been.

7. … one will bring somtam to a future hike, in lieu of leading.

7. The hike went according to plan (see description).

8. 14.7 kms, up/down 850m, 6 hrs 7 mins including 45 min lunch in village.

Answers can be checked on twitter or email POTUS@whitehouse.gov


17/11/05_Trip report_Ban Doi Pui to Buddha Footprint

Blue sky, ridgelines, haze trapped by an inversion: Doi Inthanon visible from Buddha Footprint area on Doi Pui

It was a great day for it: blue sky, cool breeze. 15 hikers arrived in Ban Doi Pui by 08:45, by a light truck, a saloon car and five motorcycles. Sweet kids in their Hmong Sunday best brought us our parking tickets. The handicraft shops were full of attractive produce, and the pleasure garden was looking very pretty as we set out on the path northwestwards out of town. Our three juveniles galloped ahead and managed to draw six of the adults down the wrong path. They retraced and caught up with the rest of us later on.

The pleasure garden at Ban Doi Pui

A gateway of wooden knives or giant teeth had been set across the way

The morning breeze really was quite chilly up there for several of us, caught off-guard by what seems like a sudden change from wet to cool season. But the air was great above the valley haze, and gave us long wide views. We paused at the rocky viewpoint for a snack and group photo, and lingered again at the metal viewing platforms. As usual, nobody could really identify the Buddha Footprint on the outcropped rock where it is supposed to be, and nobody knew why the “Doi Pa Klong Legend” is called that.

We went a little further along the ridge and then sharp left onto the path that loops back at a lower level. Long grasses on either side made it hard to see where our feet were going, but we made it back to the main path without mishap, and returned briskly and cheerfully to the village. Most of us took refreshment in a market restaurant, some shopped, one paid for a go at shooting papaya with a toy crossbow, all agreed it had been a lovely hike.

Report and hike catalysis by Michael. Photos by Tam and Michael.

Group photo near the Buddha Footprint

17/10/29_Trip Report_Nam Mae Kwong Circular

The convoy of vehicles carrying prospective happy hikers set out on time from the Meeting Point. The final 1 km of the access route is a dirt road that has become badly washed out by the monsoon rains, so low-clearance cars were parked up on the shoulder of the paved road and the occupants transferred to the rear of the pick-ups for the final section. At the parking spot we met up with several other hikers who had travelled direct.

First job to ascertain the number of hikers, which was easier said than done. Like an African election the results were different each time, until the Returning Officer decided on 33 (plus one canine) and so it remained.


The fauna encountered included one unrequited leech and the small scorpion featured below. The 60 kg pigs rumoured to frequent the area remained elusive.



Most of the hike passes through open forest with nice views in places, as shown in the following photos. The group quickly split into fast and slow teams, but thanks to some route-finding confusion, the snails ended up passing the hares by following an unintended short-cut. Ultimately the entire group came back together prior to reaching the high point and then descended the steep slope back down to the valley floor in one straggling column. The steepest section didn’t seem as fearsome as it has done in the past and this is probably due to the greater “give” in the ground due to the recent rains. The numerous small stones are prone to roll more underfoot on the hard-packed soils of summer, making this section more of an adventure.





The hikers took just under 4 1/2 hours to cover 10 km of horizontal distance and 650 meters of vertical. Though this would classify as quite an easy hike, at least one of our number tanked when they reached the post-hike watering hole, which was a new (for the group) restaurant located immediate opposite the turn-off for the Doi Saket Hot Springs that offers good food and plentiful supplies of beverages.


I think I’ve earned a bone

Thanks to Chan for his photographs.

17/10/22_Trip report_700p to Doi Pha Kha loops

Twenty two assorted hikers started out but one newbie turned back before we completed the first section of the hike. Hope he managed to find his way back to his transport comfortably. (He didn’t tell the leader he was turning back and didn’t give anyone his phone number, as we generally recommend for those who turn back.)

Porc group

Taking stock at Porcupine Falls

At Porcupine Falls, stock was taken and we split into a slower group of six, which followed the original plan (10/12kms in 5 hours 20 minutes), and a faster group of 15 who extended their loop up to the village for various drinks and pat kaprows before linking up with the same loop back down (about 15kms in about 6 hours 10 minutes).

On the second stage up, we passed abandoned body armour and some large blobs of fresh blood. Hope the presumed mountain biker made it home OK too.


Hikers seemed more interested in getting exercise and talking than taking photos, probably due to the misty and overcast nature of the weather.  Many thanks to second leader and photographer. Discussion at the aprés-hike second lunch successfully sorted out a hike and leader for next week.

17/10/22_700p to Doi Pha Kha loop

A local, lower-level hike with no long drive to/from a meeting place. Distance: 10 kms, up/down 800m, in about 4-5 hours, depending on group speed. Uphill for the first 2.5 hours, often steeply, then often steep and slippery on the long downhill too – no gym shoes, please. Check website after 06.30 on Sunday morning for possible weather update. All hikers are responsible for their own safety. No groups please. 

No porcupines at the falls

We cross the Porcupine Falls stream on the way back down.

Possible option to continue on up to Ban Khun Chiang Khian village for stronger hikers, if we have a second leader available. Extra 4kms and 200-300m elevation gain.


Not much level ground.

Aftermath possibly at Nong Flook?

Meeting place: Meet at the small carpark (18º 50.235′ N, 98º 57.168′ E) just before the dam behind the 700p stadium (see map below) at 07.50 for 8am start.  From the stadium entrance traffic lights, go straight on, past the friendly, but sometimes inquisitive, gate guards (smile!) and straight on through the compound up the steepish hill to the meeting carpark.


Please bring:

  • at least 2 litres of water/rehydration drink
  • energy snacks and picnic
  • protection from sun/heat, rain/cold, insects
  • strong footwear with good grip and trekking poles/sticks recommended
  • lots of energy, enthusiasm, team spirit and good humour