Ob Khan in Feb 2009

Ob Khan in Feb 2009

This is a relatively short unhurried circular hike of 4.5 to 6 km through beautiful forest and alongside the Nam Mae Khan. For those who would like to do a more challenging hike there is another tougher hike on the same day. We start at an altitude of 340 metres and rise to a maximum of 475 metres. There are many up and downs and along the trails there are some short difficult sections where the trail has been destroyed by landslips or deteriorated over time or little bridges have become unusable. A short part of the trail is along a stream bed but no need to get wet feet. Another part involves climbing over some big boulders alongside the river. Besides hiking on two legs some of us might prefer to scramble up on all fours or slide down on our bums!

  • meet at the Visitor Centre at Ob Kham National Park 09:30 am start.
  • hike on a rising track at altitudes between 339 metres and 474 metres until we reach a stream.
  • here the trail is blocked by fallen trees and bamboo so we go down to the stream and follow it.
  • On reaching the junction of three trails we shall stop for refreshments and rest on the rocks.
  • We resume the hike by climbing a short fairly steep bank and continue on the pathway abandoned by the Park Authorities
  • On this section there are various obstacles to be overcome and we go down to the river bed to avoid some, and then back up again.
  • This section of the trail finishes when we meet up with “official” numbered trail that runs alongside the river bed.
  • We pass spectcular views of the river and its ravine as the offical numbered trail brings us back to the visitor Centre.

Hike Leaders:

Janet and Brian

If you want to join

Just turn up at the meeting place on the day.

Meeting Place

Main Meeting Point

This time we will meet before 09:30 am at the Visitor Centre in Ob Khan National Park.

Limited Places Available In Pick Up From Arboretum

Also Philip has kindly offered hikers a lift from the arboretum, he will leave from the arboretum at 8:30 am and has 4 places in the front of his pick up and space for up to ten in the back.

Getting To Ob Khan National Park

  1. From Chiang Mai City go south on the 121 (Canal Road).
  2. Note that from the Junction with the 1269 (Samoeng Road) there is a turning on the right after about 6.4 km.
  3. Along this narrow road the Ob Khan National park Visitor Centre will be reached after about 11.4 km.
  4. There are signs to be followed and this narrow road has many pot holes and places where the road squeezes past landslips.
  5. The majority of this little road is tarmac.
  6. BUT the last part near the Park is a rutted mud track and may not be suitable for some cars or motor cycles.
  7. If the going gets too bumpy some may prefer to park well before the Visitor Centre and walk the last kilometre to the VC.
  8. We recommend allowing time for that option.
  9. Entry to the Park is free.
  10. There are two entry-check posts – hesitate at the first which is usually unmanned.
  11. At the second you will be invited to write in the Visitors Book.
  12. Here there are two abandoned dogs looking for good homes!

Facilities

Dogs are not welcome and may have to be left in cages at the entrance. Alcohol is forbidden. The Restaurant will probably be open with a somewhat limited menu. Restrooms are available. There is also a little cafe on the waters’ edge selling bottled and canned drinks.

Advice

Bring :

  • around 1.5-2 litres of water or more and snacks.
  • good footwear etc. hat, mozzie repellant and sunblock
  • lots of energy, good humour and enthusiasm