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Lovely hike, not so alone anymore. Quite Some hikers that join you towards the temple or back down again. Also Some locals who make A jog on This trail! Looks A bit dangerous to me. But loved the environments!

The trail is great with literally no people and quite steep sections so go for it only if you’re intolerant long hiking (it took me more than 5h). Some of the parts are done on the downhill trail so watch out for bikers. In the middle there is a little village with an amazing coffee so this is a must try. In the last section you can take a trail along the river to avoid walking down the busy road. Enjoy

Great trek! Well marked for Thai standards. Great template in the middle as well as at the end. I recommend taking Grab to the trailhead.

hiking
1 month ago

Enjoyed the first part of the hike to the monk residences... probably only a 20 min uphill stroll. After that you cross a road and begin the true uphill portion. You are scaling a mountain to the temple. It’s uphill the whole way and there are no vistas or waterfalls to distract on the way up. Additionally, it is not clearly marked. Once at the temple you will be joined by crowds of people that took tour buses to the top. I recommend only if you want a workout. Other than that it would be much more fun to take a motorbike to the upper temple.

Anyone in the old city or Nimmanhaemin could add a 9km ramble out of town to the start of the walk, past fresh food markets and old uni campuses and temples. Take lots of full-strength repellent (you can buy it on the way from pharmacies). The walk from the Chiang Mai zoo turnoff to Wat Pha Lad jungle temple is well marked and beautiful and you really must wander the temple grounds. Coffee and tea available here. The hike to Doi Suthep - continue on the right bank of the river over the bamboo bridge - gets much steeper for much longer. But you do get rushing water, streams, higher forest landscapes and very few people. Still quite clean too except for that little rubbish tip right at the top. Hundreds of stairs at the end to the temple. Once there you’ve got cafes and shops and toilets and cool
Shady spots to sit and big old temples to visit.
Not sure the return journey on foot would be that rewarding. I got a songthiew ride back to town for 50 baht. All up from my hotel in city centre 15km.

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.

hiking
1 month 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.

hiking
1 month ago

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

Great little trek.

backpacking
2 months 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.

If you are looking for a genuine jungle adventure this trail is for you! I did this hike on 9/23/2018. I would rate this trail as HARD not moderate. Much of it was unmarked and very overgrown. It gets very steep in some areas and at times the trail is basically non-existent. I would NOT recommend for families or pets. However, if you are looking for a bit of a thrill, making your way through this wild terrain is worth it. You will see many different ecosystems from lush jungle, to evergreen forest, to a type of grassland. The hike features many different forms of wildlife and waterfalls. Be prepared to knock down some spider webs as they had spanned the trail which had clearly not been traveled in some time. The AllTrails map is extremely accurate. I would not have made it without it! I would recommend going Pro and having the map on hand for this trail. A GPS or compass would be helpful too. Make sure to bring a fully charged phone, plenty of water and snacks! I completed the trail, and overcame some fear in that jungle! It took about 4-5 hours to complete the hike through the jungle, up the mountain, and then descend down into the grassland area by the helipad. I am rating this 3 stars because it is not accurately portrayed on here and I want people to be aware that it is a difficult trail physically and mentally! It starts out easy but becomes very difficult and hard to navigate. It is not well traveled... I never saw another soul so be prepared to know you are completely alone out in this wilderness! It was an adventure of a lifetime, I am glad I did it but I don't think I will be setting off into the mountainous jungles anytime soon.

So, much of this trail doesn’t exist or is very difficult to find. I did this with my boyfriend this past May. We could have used a machete as MUCH of it was overgrown. The fork after the helipad doesn’t seem to exist, so ended up taking the longer trail down to the road and ordering a grab cab from the street. Saw a spider the size of a hand (walked through the riverbed to get around it, though learned later they are harmless). Waterfall and helipad are cool but this trail took us 4-5 hours simply because of how lost we would get and how much brush we had to climb through. Map is otherwise accurate up to the fork after the helipad. If you are the adventurous type and bring a machete, you’ll love this. Bring water and get ready to sweat and see some bugs.

nature trips
3 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.

hiking
3 months ago

I’m so stupid! The easy class but I still get lost!! Lol but finally I still got to see the waterfall. It’s wonderful.

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
8 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
9 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
10 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
10 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
10 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
11 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
11 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.

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