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Slightly confusing trail to find, very few markers and many false turns. Dense jungle in certain parts. Dtad Mok (cut fog) waterfall is beautiful and you will likely have it to yourself.

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blowdown
bugs
15 days ago

The review scaring people off from this hike is IMO way overblown. Hiking in the US isn't Disneyland (we have some seriously dangerous wilderness in fact). But it's true this is not a great hike for the inexperienced. This hike is HARD. It’s tagged as such and it’s up to the individual to decide if they want to take the risk. Plenty of hikes in the US and elsewhere are equally technical and scantily marked. If you are experienced then you'll be fine. As for snakes and scorpion. I saw none. Being aware of your surroundings is always required. So, what makes this hike so hard? First, it kicks off with lots of unrelenting elevation gain characteristic of many "hard" hikes. Look at the grade chart to decide if this is “hard” to you. Second, if you are not great at pathfinding you might feel yourself freaking out in the middle of the jungle. Some sections are overgrown, there are lots of trees down that you will need to climb over or under. A spider web will likely hit you in the face every 20 feet. Plants will brush up against your legs (none of them spiky in my experience). There are rivers of ants (more like small streams of ants but still OMG so many ants - they seemed harmless but I avoided stepping on them anyway). As for the trail not being marked. This is completely false. It’s marked, well-trodden, and anyone with trekking skills should be able to pick it up easily enough. The trail network overall however is not straightforward so GPS is recommended at least for making sure you’re still on the right path. Once you descend from the village picking up the path at the next intersection can be very tricky. You should be going straight and not switching back - and the continuation at this point is not super obvious (bring GPS, download the map, you'll figure it out). Start earlier than you think you’d need to complete this hike - it's a long one (but can be shortened by cutting over to the waterfalls - my recommendation if you get tired of non-stop jungle like me). If you are out of shape, don’t like bugs, and don’t feel comfortable relying on GPS for some sections then skip it. This trail does not have many views and is more about getting your ass kicked by the jungle. However, at the top there’s a village and some coffee shops and dogs that will threaten you (I just yelled at them and they left me alone).

Superb hike of 4-5h, I feasted. Starting from the south, there is now a new road that makes a turn to the left. It must be taken and notice that at the beginning of the hike on the map, there are footprints that go up, you have to climb the wall (steep) of land. The beginning of the trek looks more like a forest than a jungle and the climb is quite hard. But when bamboos start to appear the charm appears too. The waterfall will delight you. The best spot for me is after, towards the point Y on the map, on the left there is wide carpet of rock and a sloping waterfall. I bathed there, and then dried lying on the rocks, it was incredible. I had a machete which allowed me to clear some places, otherwise I should have made small detours but nothing insurmountable it seems to me. The hike deserves its difficult I think.

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bugs
over grown
1 month ago

lots of fun. a bit overgrown in parts but the waterfall is very worth it. nice relaxing hike and not too strenuous.

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rocky
1 month ago

Spectacular scenic view from the highest peak in Thailand down a wild valley from the back of each of the temples (one for the King and one for the Queen of Thailand) The temples are both exquisite and the gardens reminiscent of something from a fairytale - pictures do not do this place justice!

I live in Chiang Mai and I go hiking every week. In the last 2 years that's already almost 10 groups of tourists I've seen having problem there: people completely lost, people deshydrated or tired because not enough water or food, one person with scorpion or snake bite, people blocked because of fallen trees and no machete... When I asked how they have been here, all of them told me they found the route with this app. This is completely irresponsible from this app to share such routes without any detailed warning. Hey this is jungle, this is not a marked footpath like in Europe or USA! There is no marks, no staff in case of emergency, sometime no signal on telephone, no place to get food or refill water. It's quite dangerous because of snakes, flood or fallen trees. I would strongly dissuade people without a big experience of jungle and a good preparation to go there on their own. Use a local guide or ask advice on Trekking Thailand Facebook page.

hiking
2 months ago

I live in Chiang Mai and I go hiking every week. In the last 2 years that's already almost 10 groups of tourists I've seen having problem there: people completely lost, people deshydrated or tired because not enough water or food, one person with scorpion or snake bite, people blocked because of fallen trees and no machete... When I asked how they have been here, all of them told me they found the route with this app. This is completely irresponsible from this app to share such routes without any detailed warning. Hey this is jungle, this is not a marked footpath like in Europe or USA! There is no marks, no staff in case of emergency, sometime no signal on telephone, no place to get food or refill water. It's quite dangerous because of snakes, flood or fallen trees. I would strongly dissuade people without a big experience of jungle and a good preparation to go there on their own. Use a local guide or ask advice on Trekking Thailand Facebook page.

I live in Chiang Mai and I go hiking every week. In the last 2 years that's already almost 10 groups of tourists I've seen having problem there: people completely lost, people deshydrated or tired because not enough water or food, one person with scorpion or snake bite, people blocked because of fallen trees and no machete... When I asked how they have been here, all of them told me they found the route with this app. This is completely irresponsible from this app to share such routes without any detailed warning. Hey this is jungle, this is not a marked footpath like in Europe or USA! There is no marks, no staff in case of emergency, sometime no signal on telephone, no place to get food or refill water. It's quite dangerous because of snakes, flood or fallen trees. I would strongly dissuade people without a big experience of jungle and a good preparation to go there on their own. Use a local guide or ask advice on Trekking Thailand Facebook page.

good trail

It's a really awesome trail !

hiking
2 months ago

It was a nice experience but it was also a really hard way up. Remember to bring enough water and good shoes.

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bugs
muddy
off trail
over grown
3 months ago

The first section from huay kaew waterfall to monthathan Waterfall is basically bushwhacking, with lots and lots of ants. Hard but nice, as you go by many small waterfalls. After monthathan waterfall, the trail is more apparent. You will pass a sign that says no entry, with a blocked bridge to the left. just keep going past the sign. Some very steep parts, and more amazing waterfalls. Found a very rare Orchid Mantis in the jungle. An amazing find, as they are hard to spot in the wild. Overall, a beautiful, jungly, hard hike. Would not recommend in hot season. Wear pants and bring st least 2 liters of water per person.

very few signs and indications of where to go.

hiking
3 months ago

Signage indicates trail is closed June 1 to October 31, 2019. Forest ranger stationed nearby confirmed track is closed

hiking
3 months ago

Nice waterfall, short, paved and easy walk

hiking
3 months ago

Found the trailhead fine but it was a shitshow of pathways after that. As far as I could tell I was walking a mtb trail until it turned into a pathway through some small farms. I did pass one waterfall which was a trickle running over some large rocks. Wouldn't recommend without gps. Some nice views of the city through the trees and the odd clearing

not a real trail need GPS

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rocky
4 months ago

I caught a Songthaew to the university campus and followed the trail from there. Easy steady first part to the trail, amazing temple waypoint just before the half way point. The trail gets a lot more difficult after that point. Mostly uphill with some steep sections so you must be physically able to tackle these. Despite this I enjoyed the trail very much, I caught a Songthaew back to town from Doi Suthep rather then attempt the steep sections back down the trail. An easy trail to follow, only one point near the top where the trail was less clear.

A nice hike through some jungle. it's just 1 big hill but not too challenging. quite overgrown so there's only a few spots where you get a view of Chiang Mai but a nice walk never the less

4 months ago

Just a nice n easy walk with some city views and small stream plus temple at the end. They unfortunately seem to keep adding (rather kitschy) buildings to the original, more sober and natural temple structures which is really a bit of a shame but doesn't affect the hike, which remains worth it.

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bugs
rocky
4 months ago

walking
4 months ago

Nice, easy walk. We had 5 yr old with us who didn't even complain. Not loads of water after dry season but still beautiful and refreshing. At the start, just before trail begins, you need to pass thru government premises that have no entry signs but you may pass through. We parked motorbike just outside of the fence though.

hiking
4 months ago

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