Sunday 26th of September Walk from Unmanned Check Point and Camp Site Via Hmong Village Ban Khun Chang Khian To Wat Doi Suthep
This will be a pleasant fairly level walk. We will visit Chiang Mai University’s cafe in the mountains serving fresh coffee from the neighboring coffee plantation. Then pass through one of the most well known Hmong villages in the Doi Pui / Suthep National Park. And eventually finish at the famous Wat Doi Suthep.
8.00 am. Meet at the Arboretum. We will car share and drive to Wat Doi Suthep. Then park and take a songtaew to the unmanned check point just prior to the camp site on the road to the Hmong Village Ban Khun Chang Khian and start walking from there.
- After about one hours walk on a paved road we will reach a hill tribe café and coffee plantation where it is pleasant to have a cup of coffee and some refreshments.
- Continue to the Hmong Village. Cross the open ground and pick up the path/road that descends between two mature trees.
- After about 50 yards there is a cross-road. Turn right and follow an unmade road, but one which is obviously used as a route for four wheeled drive vehicles.
- Soon the path turns sharply to the right, take this and ignore the path that goes straight on down a steep slope.
- Keep on this path and ignore the paths off to the right (including one marked No.5).
- After about three hours walking you arrive at an open area where a number of paths converge. This is a good place for lunch. At the time of this walk there was a sign “7” nailed to a tree.
- Take the path which turns sharply to the right and starts to go downhill.
- Stay on this path as it continues to descend. Eventually you cross two streams and start to climb.
- After about 1 hour and 20 minutes walking from the place suggested as a lunch stop there is a pathway on the left with a sign which shows the way to Mon Tha Than Falls. Ignore this, but it will confirm that you are on the right track.
- Ten minutes later you arrive at a junction with signs to Sai Yoi, National Park Headquarters, and Mon Tha Than Falls. There is a narrow path opposite the signs which descends into the forest, take this and after about 30 minutes the steps leading to the Wat come into view.
The total walking time will be about 5 hours. After allowing time to drive from the Arboretum up and down Doi Suthep, the drive to the check point, a coffee at the hill tribe café and a meal en route, the total comes to between 6 hours 30 minutes and 7 hours.
- The surface is likely to be slippery.
- Take food, water and anti-mossie!
If you want to join
Just turn up at the meeting place on the day. There is no need to let us know you are coming unless you are coming in a big group, in which case leave a comment in the comments section below or get in touch via our ‘Contact Us’ page.
If it rains
If the weather looks poor, use your own judgement.
We will meet at the arboretum as usual at 8 am.
The aboretum (otherwise known as Suan Luukachaat Huay Kaeow or Huay Kaeow Excercise park) is out along Huay Kaeow Rd.
- From the moat driving out along Huay Kaeow Rd you will immediately pass Kad Suan Kaeow shopping mall on the left.
- Go straight on through the first big intersection Amari Rincombe intersection.
- Go straight on further past the Phucombe intersection (you will see a dunkin doughnut on the corner).
- Go past the front entrance to Chiang Mai University.
- After less the a kilometer you will see a small park on your left. This is the arboretum.
- We meet at the car park just after the arboretum, well before Chiang Mai Zoo. It is a small car park, at the back there are some food stalls, away from the road. We meet about 10 meters in from the road.
See the maps below (click to enlarge them).