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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 Alternative hikes this Sunday

This Sunday, two people have planned to lead hikes. Please scroll down to see the next two items in the feed.

17/07/02 Easy Sunday Hike to Wat Palad and Wat Doi Suthep

At Wat Palad

Here is a hike which is adaptable for beginners or for those wanting something a little harder. We will meet at the “west end” of Suthep at 7:45 for an 8 o’clock start. (The “west end” is a junction where the continuation of Suthep Road starts to climb sharply uphill. See map below.) Those who want an easy hike can do the walk to Wat Palat and then return.  Those wanting more exercise can continue up to Wat Doi Suthep by the steepest route up there. Those who chose this option will then need to return by the same route. Although it is possible to catch a song tao back down, if you have left a car or bike at the starting point on Suthep  Rd, you will need to get there from the Arboretum.

Those who make it to Wat Doi Suthep will have the option of having lunch there.

Bring  at least a liter of water and snacks, good boots, rain gear, money and good energy and humor. No need to let us know, just be at the meeting point on time. No groups, please. Leader, Janet

Suthep Rd meeting place – detailed map

 

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)

Advice

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.

17/06/25 Trip report Mae Win Huai Hoi Waterfall Loop

Under slightly cloudy skies sixteen hikers and one cyclist (no it is not a typo error) met up at Wat Matchimaram for the hike and at a little after 0830 the hikers set off for the hills while the cyclist set off along the road.  Steady progress was made up the first steepish section through farmland with frequent stops to admire the scenery.

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Once through the farmland we entered the forest and the hike then became a bit of a nature trail with sightings of lizards, various bugs, a fine specimen of a Golden Tree Snake and some buffalo cooling off in the water

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With the additional breaks to enjoy the wildlife we just failed to get to the waterfall, and shelter, before the rain started and so we got a little wet.  Our cyclist on the other hand made it to the waterfall, via a different route, and didn’t get wet but missed out on the wildlife…win some, lose some!2a10

After having our snacks the rain had stopped and the skies cleared once again so we continued on our way following the river back down to the Wat and our intrepid cyclist went in the opposite direction.  The descent was gentle and on good trails through light forest and farmland but, once again our timing was a little out as 5 minutes from the finish the rain came again but still, it did cool us off. 7a

Our cyclist, once again, beat the rain and was waiting for us at the Wat but after drying off and changing we all retired to a café a few kilometres down the road for the usual post hike refreshments.

Our thanks to all who to all who came along and made it a great day out and to Tom, Janet, Chan and Andrew for the photos.

For those interested in stats my gps gave 13.1kms, 540mtrs total ascent and a time of 5hrs 35mins but that doesn’t really matter as it was a great hike!

17/06/25 Mae Win Huai Hoi Waterfall Loop

17/06/25 0620 – Today’s hike is on but there could be some rain 

As the rainy season is upon us check this webpage on Sunday morning, after 0630, for an update as the hike may be changed, or cancelled, at short notice.

This Sunday’s hike takes us south of Chiang Mai to Mae Win and a loop that was last done over 2 years ago.  Starting and finishing at Wat Matchimaram the hike follows trails through farm land up into light forest and, at about the half way point, joins a trail at Huai Hoi waterfall and then follows the Nam Mae Puai for about 4kms before we cross it (you will get wet feet here) and take a dirt road through farmland back to the Wat.

The hike is about 13km and has a total ascent of about 500mtrs.  There are 2 reasonably steep sections of a few hundred metres each but, apart from that, the hike is not strenuous and there is the opportunity to cool off half way round at the waterfall.  The hike should take under 6hrs but that is dependent on how long is spent at the waterfall.

In addition to strong boots, etc., insect repellent is essential, sun block highly recommended as some of the hike is in open land.

Hike leaders:  Tom & PGB

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 contribute 100Bht to your driver for fuel etc.

Meeting Point & Time.
We will meet at 07:20 for 07:30 start at the open area, just past the PTT gas station, when driving southwards on Canal Road from the Suthep Road junction.

Please bring: In addition to “Things to bring” tab
at least 2-3 litres of water/rehydration drink
energy snacks/picnic lunch
protection from sun, rain, insects, spiky/itchy vegetation
for passengers: 100 baht towards fuel costs and a change of clothes, footwear
lots of energy, enthusiasm and a good sense of humour

17/06/18_Trip report_To Sankamphaeng Hot Springs from Crazy Horse

21 hikers gathered at the starting point and started the hike at 8:30 together with two dogs belonging to a shop owner at the starting point.  Wonderful weather welcomed the hikers though it is rainy season currently.

Unluckily, an ant bit Monjiro’s crotch when he was waiting for the slow group at the junction. Ouch!!

We continued hiking while taking a rest about every 30 minutes. After having lunch and beginning to go down the mountain, P’s shoes were completely broken and Arnie fixed them with packing tape temporarily.

It did not rain during the hiking but it was a very hot day and we were very sweaty. After we got to the hot spring, S took the two dogs back to their home by a car, and then we had refresfment at a restaurant. Seven hikers enjoyed bathing at the hot springs after that.

The distance of the hike was 11.7km and it took 4 hours 10 minutes. Thanks to everybody who cooperated in making the hike.

Hike leadership by Monjiro and Arnie. Report by Monjiro.