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Aug 2018. We were unsuccessful in going on this track. There is a sign at the beginning of the trail that indicates only authorised people should go on the track. Then when we asked the lady at the Golden Buddha about the track, she told us there was no track. We started up it to have a bit of a look then one of the children brushed up against a fuzzy caterpillar and amidst yells of pain, that was the end of the walk.

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.

hiking
4 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

walking
5 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.

I did much longer, 10 km more. You can many paths . some of them disappear, so you need to use GPS constantly. make more interesting

hiking
6 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.

Would not recommend this one. Let me explain why.

First, it's not easy to reach. To get to the starting point (and on your way back) you'll need to drive about 15 km of uphill dirt road. We've made it on a Honda Click but for comfort and safety it's better to ride a jeep or an off-road motorbike. Driving this road is actually fun but it doesn't have anything to do with hiking.

Second, the track is really secluded. If anything happens the only civilization within 20 km radius is the small hill tribe village where the track starts.

Third, the trail is barely seen and never was marked so it's easy to lose and after dark nearly impossible to find.

Fourth, the forest in the first half of the
trail is not too picturesque, does not offer any views and has swarms of insects flying into your eyes and face.

We had to turn back halfway as reaching the starting point by the dirt road took much more than expected so we were short on time. Possibly the views near the Doi Chom Hot mountain top are rewarding enough to justify time spent to reach it. But unless you're an off-road driving fan you better consider climbing the mountain from the West.

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.

on Chang Kian Waterfall

hiking
6 months ago

Really lovely hike to two different waterfalls. No one else on the trail that day. I would not rate this as an easy hike though; I think it should be moderate as the trail is not well marked, it is overgrown with bushes and there is a fair amount elevation gain.

hiking
6 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.

hiking
7 months ago

it's a nice and peaceful trail. went there on a Sunday and there was no one. the trail is a bit abandoned. make sure to have battery to guide yourself through the trails without getting lost.

the trails offers beautiful scenery and nice views of Chiang Mai as well.

hiking
7 months ago

Trailhead is by a mini assault course, trail a little overgrown but very secluded, the waterfall is very nice though watch out for biting red ants! You can get to the top of the waterfall but it involves some rock scrambling through dense undergrowth and through head high growth at the top, worth it for the view though.

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.

hiking
7 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.

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.

hiking
9 months ago

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

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

hiking
10 months ago

A great trail for beginners, but it is steep in places, and you will need to be careful when you cross the stream twice. If you don't slip your feet will stay dry. It's a really private waterfall, hardly any visitors, so the trail can be a bit overgrown at times.

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

hiking
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.

hiking
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.

hiking
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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