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2021/04/18_ Ban Mae Sapok Waterfall Loop

Despite the sudden new wave of Covid-19 we plan to go ahead with the hike. Access was possible on Wednesday, but the situation is still dynamic, so please check back here before leaving home on Sunday morning.

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

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.