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Sunday 16th October, Possible Ob Khan Loop

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Janet and Brian went to Ob Khan on Friday to check out the feasibility of a hike there on Sunday.

They found that the paths and the roads into the park had been damaged by the rain making it difficult to get to the park apart from in a 4 wheel drive car and difficult to lead a hike there. There will be no hike this Sunday. Brian is exploring an alternative route in the park and may lead a hike there in the near future. Apparently the river is very impressive now.

Sunday 9th October, A Huay Tung Thao Loop Going Into the Mountains

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The Golden Standing Buddha - meet near here for this hike

The Golden Standing Buddha - we will meet near here for this hike

The Huay Tung Thao Loop is a very challenging 16 km hike in the area immediately west of the reservoir and should take us between 5 – 6 hours (more…)

Sunday 2nd October 2011: Doi Suthep to the Arboretum via the 5 way junction

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This mainly downhill hike of some 12 kms will start from Wat Suthep to the Five Way Junction and then proceed down path 3 to the Arboretum (more…)

Sunday 18th September, Ban Khun Chang Khian checkpoint to the ‘giant picnic table’ area, descending the north face of Doi Pui to Wat Doi Suthep

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This moderately hard and mainly downhill hike of some 13.5 kms starts at the Ban Khun Chang Khian checkpoint and climbs to the ‘giant picnic table’ area, near the peak of Doi Pui, before descending the north face of Doi Pui via the Five Way Junction and the Ban Khun Chang Khian village to Wat Doi Suthep. (more…)

Sunday 10th July 2011, Hike Through Huay Gaew Waterfall to 5 Way Junction and Wat Doi Suthep

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We will meet for an 8.15 am start at the arboretum This is a circular hike of about 14 km. taking 4 1/2-5 hours to complete. Difficulty is moderate (more…)

Trip Report: Sunday 3rd July 2011 – Ban Doi Suthep Phuping Palace Loop

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There were 13 hikers on this attractive circular route, starting from Ban Doi Suthep. Fortunately the rain held off but it was cool and pleasant hiking weather. The paths were treacherously mossy in parts and somewhat boggy, so muddy boots were inevitable!

Sadly, the route identified on the GPS became difficult to follow as we approached the summit of Doi Suthep, so we abandoned that diversion and headed back towards the road. An excellent breakfast spot presented itself en route, and thus fortified, we reached the road below Phuping Palace and walked back to Ban Doi Suthep.

Leech lovers were delighted to encounter a few of these endearing creatures on the return journey!

Sunday 3rd July 2011: Ban Doi Suthep Phuping Palace Loop

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This hike has been re-scheduled from Sunday 26th June due to the incessant rain. We will meet for an 8.15 am start at the arboretum We will hike a circular route encompassing Ban and Wat Doi Suthep, Phuping Palace and Doi Suthep summit (more…)

Trip Report Sunday 19th June 2011 – Huay Tung Tao and upwards

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Twelve hikers and Coco the friendly chocolate coloured Labrador set out from the car park near the entrance to Huay Tung Tao at 9.15 am.

After walking anticlockwise round the lake and past the rocket launching pad to the checkpoint we started the long uphill pull to the top, on the trail leading to Baan Hmong Chang Kian. This is very steep in places, so we stopped after an hour for breakfast and came down the same way back to the checkpoint.

We then made our way back to the lake following the water channel. Balancing on the narrow concrete strips on either side of the channel was too much for Coco, who plunged downward twice (fortunately coming to no harm) but after a while one of the maze of ‘proper’ paths brought us back to the lake.

We returned to the cars via the opposite bank and stopped at a welcome restaurant, where four of us stayed for a meal and a beer. All in all, a pleasant four hour walk.

Pics From This Hike

Sunday 26th June 2011: Ban Doi Suthep Phuping Palace Loop

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We will meet for an 8.15 am start at the arboretum. We will hike a circular route encompassing Ban and Wat Doi Suthep, Phuping Palace and Doi Suthep summit (more…)

Trip Report Sunday 12th June 2011 – Ban Doi Pui Loop

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Nine of us plus one dog showed up at the Arboretum and left at 8:15 in 2 cars plus one motorbike for Ban Doi Pui. Due to a failure of communication the motorbike rider was left behind, and so missed the hike. We much regret this mistake and will try to avoid a recurrence.

Instead of driving all the way down to the village, we took the turn-off toward Ban Khun Chang Khian, and then turned down the paved lane to Wat Doi Pui, where we parked and walked down the long flight of steps to the village. We feel this was easier on the cars.

The rest of the hike went as planned, covering 11+ km. and an elevation gain of perhaps 700 meters in 4 hours. The weather was excellent and. There were some beautiful orange flowers were in full bloom along the way.

We encountered a number of leeches on the trail where we turned uphill toward Doi Pui, but no screams of fright or horror were heard. We seem to have learned how to get rid of them, though learned later of 3 which had attached – one of which was in a most unfortunate place!

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