Trip Report: 5 June 2011 CMU Coffee Shop to Monthatan Waterfall
Ten of us, of 5 nationalities, met at the Arboretum and left promptly at 8:15, sharing a red songtao at 100 baht each all the way to CMU coffee shop. The night before there had been a hard rain, and as we left our homes it had been raining lightly, so we all had rain gear in our packs, but the weather was good to us and the air cool. After fueling up on a cup of the famous coffee, we headed out for Baan Khun Chang Khian and, using the GPS which always seemed to point in the opposite direction of where we knew we should be going, headed down to the 5-way junction.
The many stream crossings were all running with water deeper and wider than usual, so at times we had to wade through. There was an abundance of flowers worthy of photos..
We did well at staying together, had our breakfast break about 10:45, and continued on to the Monthatan Water Fall turn off, but almost missed it as the sign and path entrance were covered with weeds. A much larger sign there warned that entry was forbidden and a fine of at least 500 baht awaited trespassers.. After some discussion, we decided not to risk it, and so changed our plans and took the path on down to the temple on Doi Suthep. Some of us stopped at the coffee shop in front of the jade factory before returning to the Arboretum by songthaew. It was a pleasant, easy hike with good company.