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2018/10/21_Huay Tueng Thao short hike

This relatively short walk is an alternative to the out-of-town hike posted below.

It is basically a loop on flat land, around the recreation lake at Huay Tueng Thao. It is largely on the surfaced road and its grassy verges. We will also walk on mud tracks and paths while going round the rice fields at the north end of the reservoir. There is a stream crossing that might require wading (no more than knee height) or leaping.

Dogs may be brought. Estimated duration: two hours.

Meeting time: 07:50 for a start at 08:00.

Meeting place: the carpark outside the Huay Tueng Thao park office. HTT park is about 10km north from the centre of Chiang Mai. Driving northwards on Canal Road (121), watch out for the signs telling you where to turn off to the left. Then there is an approach road of 1.5km leading up to a booth where you may have to pay THB 50 Baht per foreigner. After that, at the T-junction turn right and right again into the car park.

Hike initiator: Michael

If you want to join, make sure you have read the general advice on this website (see side-panels and tabs at the top). If you still think the hike is for you, just turn up at the stated place and time.

As ever, we look forward to your enthusiasm and good humour.

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18/10/21_Mae Taeng Circular

This is a fairly long hike and exposed to the sun in places, so sun-protection (hats, sunblock, water) particularly important. In wet weather, the steep dirt roads can be very slippery. Don’t forget your hiking poles and heavy-duty hiking shoes. In other words you can’t win, come well-prepared for any and all eventualities.

In the event of inclement weather, an update will be posted on this site by 06.30 on Sunday morning.

The Organisers first attempt at this hike last year failed when both went down sick on the same day. A kind Samaritan took over, but persistent low cloud obscured the views. The route was recced again a couple of months ago and, guess what, low cloud was still obscuring the view. The timing has been carefully calibrated to optimise the chance of enjoying beautiful clear views and at the same time reduce the risk from slippery dirt roads. Can’t be wet again, surely??

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Three times like this. Fourth time lucky??

The trail traverses forested slopes and ridges, interspersed with hill-tribe villages and large expanses of cleared agricultural area. One can imagine beautiful views, but since the three attempts so far were all conducted in low-cloud conditions with steady light rain, the true beauty of this hike has remained hidden from the human eye.

At 15 km long and with about 1,000 meters of elevation gain, this will be a fairly strenuous hike. The route follows dirt roads or good forest trails throughout. However, the dirt roads become very slippery when wet. We anticipate a total hike time of around 6 hours, including a snack break.

The hike starts and ends at a small car park near the “rafting” area and benefits from changing facilities (at a small fee) and several restaurants along the river bank. After the hike we will cross the road to one of these establishments and eat gai yang and som tam while watching the “rafters” (actually floaters) shoot past.

Hike Organisers: Richard and Peter.

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. Seats in cars are usually available, but can not be guaranteed.

Meeting Point and Directions:

We will meet at the parking lot in front of the 700-year Sports Stadium on Canal Road (Highway 121) for a 07.30 departure and car share to the hike start point. Do not enter the stadium area, this parking lot is OUTSIDE.

700-year-stadium

We will travel in convoy from the meeting point to the hike start point. However, in case of mishap en route or for personal convenience, the route we will follow is:

Left along Canal Road to the Junction with Highway 107 and turn left towards Mae Rim.

Continue along H 107 through Mae Rim and Mae Malai market. Continue on the Highway past the turn-off for the Mae Ngat reservoir and shortly after, at the top of a steep hill, turn left on a road sign-posted to the Mae Taman elephant camp (H 3052 on my map). Continue past the elephant camp and dog sanctuary. The starting point is from a car park with toilet block to the right of the road, with a number of small restaurants opposite.

Advice

Please bring:

  • At least 2 litres of water/ rehydration drink.
  • Sunhat, sunscreen, insect repellent, long sleeves/pants. Rainwear if you are a pessimist.
  • Strong footwear with good grip and ankle support.
  • A snack.
  • A change of clothes and fuel contribution of 100 Baht if sharing a car.
  • Plenty of energy, enthusiasm, team spirit and good humour.

Upcoming hikes: General notice

Hikes are posted on this site for almost every Sunday. The hike plan is usually posted by the preceding Friday. The meeting for a hike is usually at a stated time between 07:00 and 08:30 on the Sunday morning. Sometimes hikes may be done by lunchtime, but often they continue well into the afternoon. For out-of-town hikes, people returning to Chiang Mai may not get home before evening.

Very occasionally hikes may be posted on this site which take place on days other than Sundays, but this is rare in recent years.