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Great hike through the jungle. Wear breathable pants to protect from some spiky plants. Hike up was pretty steap and hard with the heat and humidity. but lots of beautiful plants and wildlife. lots of restaurants in the village at the top for lunch. trails are great. no need for a guide if you have the gps map. i recommend taking an extra 15-30 min at the waterfall at the start. its very pretty.

10 days ago

DO NOT go through the jungle unless you have a full day to hike/ lots of food/ long clothing/ a machete! My boyfriend and I have been hiking all of our lives but trying to find a trail in the jungle was so hard. There were scattered piles of burnt wood- so we followed that up to some farm fields. We then trekked through 3 fields on what we assumed was a path. We thankfully found the farmer and he pointed us towards the paved road we were supposed to be on for the other half of the loop. It was way too late then to find the caves so we had to walk back to town instead. The village near the caves was really fun to walk though- I strongly recommend an out and back on the right side of the map to the caves instead of doing the loop! I hope we can someday go back to see the caves.

10 days ago

great little trek best done during the week. too many people at the weekend.

Great little trek.

1 month ago

Long hike mostly on paved road. Beautiful views with many farms along the way. The cave is large and very deep. make sure if you plan to explore the cave you bring a good light source with a backup. also helps to light candles every 100 meters or so to easly find your way out.

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2 months ago

Great hike. The first section to the jungle temple is pretty easy. After you leave that temple and cross the road you will find the trail picking up on the other side of the road. You will see the back of a sign when you reached the road if you look to your left. Once you start the second trail it ramps up a bit. Push through and you will exit about 500 meters from Doi Sethep. Walk up the 300 steps to the top and you are done. You can then hike back down or take a baht bus back to where you started.

the walk to the first temple is quite short and very enjoyable. you will be rewarded with a quaint wooden temple complex. No need to go beyond it as it is way too far and not as nice.

Only went to the temple at the halfway point, but it was a lovely hike with incredible views. Took around 2 hours to hike up and down the mountain.

6 months ago

Great hike. The hike to the big temple on the top is more strenuous than the one to the lower temple in the woods. If you ended your hike at the pile of garbage you did not go far enough and make it to the temple. Follow the path past the trash up the road through the trees. You approach the temple from behind and there are plenty of red taxis to take you back to Chiang Mai

8 months ago

Pretty good trail. Not long, but a significant change of elevation. So be prepared for that. Bring water as it gets HOT along the way. Follow the orange trail markers. The first Wat at the top was quite tranquil.

9 months ago

Great hike in scenic rural area with wonderful views. The cave is impressive as well. Also there were lots of birds around all the way. Really enjoyed this one.

Please keep in mind that doing the loop (not just to the cave and back like in Andre's recording) is harder than it may seem. Approximately in the middle of the track there is a portion where the trail gets absolutely lost in the forest and to follow the track you have to hack through the bushes for about 500 m. If you're doing the loop clockwise you'll be going uphill on this part of the track. Also this part of track is impossible to do on motorbike so the track description is misleading about that: you cannot do the whole loop on motorbike.

The full length hike is an absolute waste of time and effort.
After the first quarter of the trip up, you will be met with a nice temple on the edge of a stream with monks selling water and coffee. Again, beyond this point is a waste of time. It remains extremely steep and you eventually hit a roadway with red taxis asking you if you want a ride to the top/bottom. Once you cross the roadway it’s another steep incline hike.
There are no views along the way.
Also, when you finally reach the top of the 4 mile hike, you will be met with a landfill. A giant garbage heap will greet you warmly with broken bottles in the dirt, couches, building materials, and a disgusting smell. What’s more is that there is also a gift shop market at the top, where everyone is selling the same funny looking shirt and “try for experience” fried bugs.

I cannot believe that this trail has 20 reviews of all 5 stars.

Remember, after you reach the temple, don’t kill yourself trying to climb further. It is a waste of time.

Really enjoyed this one. The forest is very scenic all the way and the views are so beautiful. We turned left earlier at Sai Yoi falls sign. The trail there is rather steep but doable and it's totally worth it because of seeing the waterfalls and skipping most of the hike along the highway.

9 months ago

This is a very good hiking. Altough it is mostly in a paved road, its a kind of a long hike. Taking aprox 3-4 hours to go back and forth. You can go by motorped also if you want. Views are amazing and is completly off the beaten tracks.

The cave is just amazing. Bring a good flashlight and watch out for spiders on the walls. They won't attack you arbitrary but you can acidentally put your hands in one of then if you dont look where youre putting then.

We had a great time hiking this trail. At the hill tribe village we enjoyed coffee and a meal with terrific views. We had trouble finding the trail beyond the village & didn't want to disturb anyone by walking through their backyard so we backtracked, took a side trail, & rejoined the loop. Instead of hiking the last 3 km on the road, we continued down the mountain and ended on the Pilgrim Trail. There were a lot of amazing things to see along the stream on this last part.

10 months ago

amazing trail with in the jungle. not so difficult. stopping at Way Palat is deftnetly a must. the second half of the trail is steep so have your knees prepared.

11 months ago

We started from the top with our 2 kids. When starting from the top the trailhead is impossible to find due to the changes in the temple grounds, it is better to start from the road intersection before the temple. It is challenging for kids so make sure they are seasoned trekkers before doing this trail. We also did geocaching on the way.

Sunday, December 03, 2017

Temples and little waterfalls on the way. Viewpoint on the top.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Great trail; slippery and challenging in a few areas!
Love it!!!

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Awesome hike. Beautiful little villages in passing by, absolutely stunning views along the way, safe and easily accessible from Chiangmai by public transportation. It is an easy hike accessible to all levels, I would however suggest to start at the off-road part of the trail, as there is a lot you can see (you can continue further than the stopping spot on the map) and more interesting than the main road leading up to there. It is easy to catch a ride from the main road to the village just below the trail. I definitely recommend this trail to anybody in the Chiangmai area. Enjoy!! :)

Sunday, July 30, 2017

We walked up one way and got a tuk tuk down as it's very steep, muddy and slippery during wet season. A great almost free activity :)

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Rather beautiful

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Great hike up from the Chiang Mai Zoo. We took a red truck from the old city down Suthep Rd. It cost us 40 Baht (1 USD) for the two of us. We stopped at Wat Pha Lat. We enjoyed it very much. It's very calm. The rest of the hike up to Doi Suthep is very straight forward. We saw a bunch of monkeys in the trees. We were chased by someones dogs. It was a bit scary. The temple is beautiful. A lot of tourists but worth the hike.

Thursday, February 09, 2017

If you happen to be in north Thailand, take the time to visit Doi Inthanon National Park. The drive from Chiang Mai is not far, and is quite scenic. Doi Inthanon is the highest point in Thailand. As implausible as this might sound, make sure to take a jacket with you, as it can get quite chilly at the top during certain times of the year. There are several different hikes that you can do in this area. There are some trails through the jungle, and there are some nice trails through magnificient flower gardens. The views are some of the best you will find in Thailand.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

If you ever have a chance to go to Chiang Mai Thailand, do yourself a favor by trying this fun hike to a beautiful temple at the top.

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