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Friday 23rd December 2011, Walk to Dtaat Mook Waterfall Up To Heli Pad and Optional Swim in Huay Tung Thao Afterwards

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This will be a 7km round trip suitable for almost everyone, shady trail through the jungle mostly beside a stream with rapids and smaller waterfalls all the way up. A very pretty walk. Dtaat Mook waterfall is right at the top and very impressive at the moment. We will walk on up to the heli pad after going to Dtaat Mook, this involves a steep uphill stretch of around 500 m and adds an extra km to the normal Dtaat Mook walk.
Total trip will take about 3 hours, with a break for snacks at the main waterfall. (more…)

Wednesday December 21st, Walk up Pilgrim’s Trail to Wat Palaad and Then Back Down Through Huay Kaeow Waterfall

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A hike suitable for all levels of walkers with a good path nearly all the way, although the Pilgrims Trail is a little steep. The only iffy part is the top 200m of Huay Kaeow trail, where it is a bit slippery. (more…)

Sunday 18th December 2011, Galae Restaurant Circular Hike

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This is an about 6.5 km circular walk starting from Galae restaurant parking lot. We will be walking for around 3-4 hours pending on group speed and length of our breaks. We will meet directly at the parking lot of Galae Restaurant at 8:30 am. Even we would judge this hike as not difficult, the uphill part of the first third of the hike requires a certain fitness level. (more…)

Friday 16th of December 2011, Walk to Dtaat Mook Waterfall and Optional Swim in Huay Tung Thao Afterwards

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This will be a 6km round trip suitable for almost everyone, shady trail through the jungle mostly beside a stream with rapids and smaller waterfalls all the way up. A very pretty walk. Dtaat Mook waterfall is right at the top and very impressive at the moment.
Total trip will take about 2 1/2 hours, with a break for snacks at the main waterfall. (more…)

Wednesday December 14th, Circular Walk Up To Chang Kian Waterfall and Back Down Through Huay Kaeow Water Fall

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Picture of Chang Kian Waterfall

Picture of Chang Kian Waterfall


This will be a short 6 km walk at a relaxed pace suitable for nearly everyone, although there are quite taxing uphill parts of the walk. I expect we will walk for around 2 and a half hours and have a 30 minute break at the waterfall to eat snacks and admire the falls and optionally have a morning shower. Bring a swimming costume if you want to take a dip! (more…)

Sunday 11th December 2011, Circular hike from Ban Doi Suthep to Doi Suthep Summit via Ban PhuPhing

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Stupha near to the peak of Doi Suthep

This is a high altitude, slow paced, hike over varied terrain. It is an 10.5 km hike starting from Ban Doi Suthep at an altitude of about 1,000 metres and reaching 1,601 metres at the summit of Doi Suthep. It is a moderate hike in the forest and passing nearby the beautifully situated Montfort Retreat from where we go up to the remains of a Foresters’ encampment alongside the 1004 road. There is a 2 km walk up the road to reach Ban Phu Ping. We pass through the village and leave the road to hike alongside the Phu Phing Palace. Above the Palace the trail takes us to the summit of Doi Suthep. Near the summit is the ancient ruined pagoda of Sun Gu in an area covered with oak and pine trees. We descend from the summit and a forest trail takes us behind the Palace where there are some small tricky downhill sections. We pass by some usually unmanned military emplacements where it may be prudent not use our cameras. We continue through the forest and onto the track that finishes near the Temple. We should complete the hike by mid afternoon.
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Friday 9th of December 2011, Circular hike in Ob Khan National Park with Optional Swim

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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. 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!
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Wednesday December 7th, Walk up Pilgrim’s Trail to Wat Palaad and Then Back Down Through Huay Kaeow Waterfall

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A hike suitable for all levels of walkers with a good path nearly all the way, although the Pilgrims Trail is a little steep. The only iffy part is the top 200m of Huay Kaeow trail, where it is a bit slippery. (more…)

Wednesday 7th to Thursday 8th of December, Hike to the Peak Of Doi Chang Dao and on to Den Ya Kot and Hot Springs

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Picture of Part of Chiang Dao Range from Main Peak "Doi Chiang Dao Luang"

Picture of Part of Chiang Dao Range from Main Peak "Doi Chiang Dao Luang"

Chiang Dao is one of the most scenic hiking areas in Thailand. Doi Chiang Dao Luang is the third highest peak in Thailand at approximately 2220 meters above sea level. Doi Chiang Dao is one peak of a limestone massif that has a number of peaks and ridges over 2000 metres in a horseshoe shape and has a series of forest types that change with altitude. The forest is almost untouched up here although there are a fair number of groups of hikers that go up here in season and camp near the peak.

A very good level of physical fitness is required, the climb up Chiang Dao is the steepest climb we do as a group and we will be walking on down to Den Ya Kot on the same day and walking on for a far distance on the second day to some hot springs. To take part in this trip you must book before November 30 we have limited places, so book soon if you want to come. We will be a small group of up to 10 people. (more…)

Sunday 4th December 2011, Circular hike to Sri Sang Wan Waterfall

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Enjoying a paddle in the pool at the waterfall

Enjoying a paddle in the pool at the waterfall

This is an almost 11 km circular hike starting from the NP Gate on the 1269 road to Samoeng. We start at an altitude of about 400 metres and ascend 300 metres over about 4 km. The way to the Falls is mainly on a wide rutted track with some shade and a few awesome views of the surrounding hills. There is quite a difficult steep descent of 64 metres over 240 metres to the waterfalls. The pools at the base of the waterfalls are ideal for a dip. Care is needed as there is a risk of slipping on the wet rocks and where the water exits from the pool area there is a drop of tens of metres.

We will rest and have our packed lunches in the Waterfall area after which we shall retrace our steps for about 3.5 km. At this junction we will head south west on a track that the group has not used before. This is a narrow track that soon bears to the south and on the way we will stop by what we believe is a Chinese burial monument. Towards the end of this 2.25 km downhill track we will encounter a fast running man made shallow dyke about a metre wide with sloping sides. Janet and I crossed this without getting our shoes wet by the simple expedient of removing the shoe and sock from one foot which we used to step into and over the water. On the other side………surprise, but that can wait until you see it.

From here we reach the 1269 road at a place where there are three or four fruit and vegetable stalls. 300 metres of walking downhill alongside the road brings us back to our starting point at the NP Gate. We will return by vehicles to the Fondcombe Village Resort where refreshments and the swimming pool are usually available. It is a relaxing way to enjoy the end of a good day out.

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