Trip Report: Sunday 29th May 2011 The Pilgrims’ Trail
There were seven hikers on this familiar but enjoyable hike starting from behind the Zoo and climbing to Wat Suthep. Fortunately the rain had not been very heavy overnight so it was not excessively muddy, though it was somewhat slippery in parts.
We stopped at Wat Phalad for our customary break and to enjoy the view over the city. Having been shamelessly bribed with a tasty sandwich, one of the temple dogs decided to join us on the upward climb but the monk refused our invitation! Sadly, one of our party had to return home at this point but not before she had taken some great photographs.
The final stage of the ascent was mainly under tree cover but it was hot and very humid, and we were all sweating heavily by the time we reached the coffee shop at the foot of Wat Suthep, for a welcome gaffee yen. Over lunch we cooled down rapidly and felt decidedly uncomfortable in our wet clothes.
Three of our party decided to visit Wat Suthep and then go on to the palace, so the remaining three lost no time in making the descent and getting home for that much needed shower!