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17/07/24_Hike Report_Doi Ton short loop

It was rainy at the meeting place, so only four hikers gathered in front of Promenada, and then moved on to the starting point. One more motorcyclist joined them at the starting point.

Luckily it was merely cloudy at the starting point and did not rain during the hiking.

The five hikers started the hike at 8:08, crossed the river which was rising due to the rain of the previous day, continued to the foot of the mountain, and then started climbing steeply uphill.

We went on hiking uphill, taking a rest about every 30 minutes and got to the top of the mountain. A great view welcomed the hikers, despite having undertaken this hike in the rainy season.

We walked southwards to leave the summit , and then began to go down the
mountain. Our mushroom specialist hiker found many mushrooms in sunny places.

We crossed swollen streams three times and headed for the starting point.

We got to the starting point (ending point) at 11:53, and then we made a change from the plan and went to a resort restaurant to have lunch.

The distance of the hike was 7.8km and it took 3 hours 45 minutes. Thanks to everybody who cooperated in making the hike.

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


12/07/16 Trip Report Huay Tung Thao Ridge Loop

Under a cloudy sky and humid conditions eleven optimists gathered at the Golden Buddha statue for the hike and at a little after 0800, still undeterred by the possibility of rain, the group set off.  The first kilometer or so was easy going over flat terrain but did involve crossing a small drainage channel which caused some problems and resulted in one of the group getting wet feet.  We also came across a crab which was quite a long way from water.

sun2The flat terrain soon gave way to the more familiar hilly terrain and so began our ascent, first alongside a stream and then on to a dirt road and a steeper ascent for a few kilometres.   We turned off on to another, narrower dirt road which has a much gentler gradient and leads out of the forest into farmland.  The weather was still being kind to us and we managed to get some good views in the clearings along the way, although no one took any photos to prove it.


sun3Before embarking on our second, and final steep ascent we stopped for a snack break and were treated to some delicious Baklava courtesy of W&W who have just returned from their travels.  Snacks and Baklava over it was back on the trail and up through the lychee orchards (no lychees though) and light forest to the highest point of the hike.  Just before our summit we came upon a recently cleared area so stopped and had our packed lunches.   Refueled, and with the sun occasionally shining, it was back on the trail once again and just a short distance to our summit and the start of the descent.



At the “summit”


Like the ascent, the descent was in two steepish sections on good trails through the forest which, on the upper section, were slippery and overgrown in places resulting in a few slips.  We came to the helipad and had a lovely view of Chiang Mai and the surrounding area, and sunshine too, so took a short break to absorb the moment and then it was on to the second steep section.  This was quite rocky and two of the group became separated from the rest of us but the trail they took was a shorter route so they ended up at the bottom before the main party.


The trail brought us out at the SW end of the lake and a short hike along the road back to the statue.  After that we drove around the lake to the restaurant and well earned refreshments.

The stats. for this week are 13kms in 5hrs 45mins and a total ascent of 730mtrs.

Thanks to all who came along for a great day out, to R and J for the photos, to W&W for the Baklava and the WG for not raining

17/07/16 Huay Tung Thao Ridge Loop

0635:  The hike is on 

As we are now in the rainy season I will post an update on the hike status by 0645 on Sunday   

This 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. We may get a nice view from up there, get wet or both. Then we will descend on good trails, but quite rocky in places, back to Huay Tung Thao where those who want to can sample the delights of one of the traditional-style lakeside restaurants and those who want to can go for a swim (don’t forget to bring swimwear and towel).
The route is almost the same as the March hike (slight variation on the descent route)although the weather and vegetation will be different. We will cover about 14kms in 5-6 hours and it is very much an up-then-down hike with about 700mtrs ascent so reasonable fitness level is required. .

Leader: pgb

Meeting Point & Time.
We will meet at 0745 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, 50 baht per person. 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 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.
After getting ready we will aim to set off at 0800

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.
Please bring/prepare:
at least 2 litres of water or rehydration drink
energy snacks and/or a picnic brunch
strong footwear with good grip and ankle support
sticks recommended for steep downhill
sunhat, suncreen, insect repellant
long sleeves/pants recommended
rainwear unless you are happy to be soaked
plenty of energy, enthusiasm, team spirit and good humour

17/07/09_Trip Report_

13 hikers gathered at the starting point using four cars and a motorbike, and started the hike at 8:35. It was cloudy and not very hot.

We walked along the small river, through delightful woodland, buffalo pasture and small rice paddies, and got to the foot of mountain and then started climbing steeply uphill.

Unluckily, two ants bit Monjiro’s ankle after taking a break. Ouch again!! (He got the same situation three weeks ago.)

We continued hiking uphill, taking a rest about every 30 minutes and got to the highest point of this hike. Beginning to go down the mountain, we had lunch on a lovely ridge.

There were a lot of mushrooms in the forest and our musroom specialist hiker was very happy to collect them.

We got to starting point (ending point) at 13:00 and then moved onto a local restaurant to have refleshment.

The distance of the hike was 11km and it took 4 hours 25 minutes. Thanks to everybody who cooperated in making the hike.

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



Trip report 17/07/02_ Mae Sa and Elephant Village circular hike

The count of hikers was set to 16, but reduced with one, due to lack of hiking boots. This hike was last done in August 2015, and no one had check the trail since that. So we were prepared for some adventure. The first challenge was to reach the start point. The dirt road up to the parking area was really bad and some of the cars got the experience of “spinning wheels”.
The morning was cloudy and not hot, and with good spirit we set of and followed a small river upstream.

Soon we met the dirt road again, and walked uphill to a junction with a buffalo corral. A lot of buffalo calves this time.

The trail continued up to the view point, a peak of 700m, with a good view down to Mae Rim. From here we started to hike towards the elephant camp. Normally you can see elephants out here, eating. But this time no sign of them.

When we reached the main road we had our lunch at a small restaurant. After the break we continued a bit on the busy road, but soon we entered the jungle again.

The trail here was a bit overgrown and we lost our track for a moment. At this moment I lost my GPS, it fell out of my pocket, in to the high grass, but a rescue team found it. Thank you so much!
Now we were heading home and a soft rain started, but back at the cars the sun showed its face again.
Some of us went to a local shop for refreshments.

Only elephant today

Time 5 H 25 M
Distance: 14 km
Elevation: Min 408 m Max 743 m
Photos: The hikers

Trip report 17/07/02 Pilgrim Trail to Doi Suthep Temple

Only 3 of us joined this Easy Hike, but we had a wonderful time. The 2 others, besides the leader, were English language students who had come from Taiwan and mainland China to attend a language school in Chiang Mai, and so met there. Their English proficiency was good enough that we had good communication, even sharing funny stories and jokes. It was lovely getting to know each other.

We spend more time than usually needed on the trail to Wat Palad, reading and discussing the nature signs posted and discussing the various “creepy crawlies” seen along the way. While admiring flowers at the temple I got a photo of a large flying insect that resembled a prawn.


Arriving at Palad

Flower and insect

We agreed to continue on up the steep trail to Wat Prathat Doi Suthep where we ate lunch at our regular restaurant in the parking lot. Then we caught a song tao down to Wat Palad, where we experienced a light rain lasting for the rest of the hike as we walked back to the starting point.

17/07/02_ Mae Sa and Elephant Village circular hike

(In case if is raining heavily on Sunday morning, I might be postponing or changing the meeting time-please check at 06:30 on Sunday morning for any updates in the webpage)

It is nearly two years since we did this hike. What with rains during the week we have not managed to check that the route is still fine. It should be okay, but please be ready for possible diversions on the way, and keep attentive patiently to the hike leader.

The hike is of moderate difficulty, with manageable up-and downhill sections except for the first hour which will be a continuous uphill climb and is more challenging than the rest of the hike . After 7 to 8 km, we will arrive at the Elephant Village which is close to the Elephant Farm and have brunch at one of the local restaurants.

After the refreshment break , we will have to walk around 500 meters along Mae Sa Road before we will turn back to the Nature trail which will lead us back to our Starting Point.

Total estimated time of the hike including brunch: About 6 hours

Hike Leader: Arnie

If you want to join:

Just turn up at the meeting place on time. You do not need to tell us you are coming. We will be car-sharing. Places in cars are almost always available but cannot be absolutely guaranteed. We cannot accommodate groups.

Meeting Time and Place:

This time we will meet at 07:30 Am for an 07:40 hours start at the car park in front of the 700 years Stadium ( please see the map).There is no need to let us know you are coming.

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 in to 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.

(Please click on map to enlarge)


Please see “Things to bring” tab above. Don’t forget money for restaurant brunch, and THB 100 to offer to your driver if you are a passenger in their car.