I decided to do some hiking while in Chiang Mai so I found a mountain bike company that had an activity where you hike up Doi Suthep and then ride down. I wasn’t too keen on the ride down, but very excited about walking up. One thing I failed to check was the distance. I knew the mountain was tall and they listed the hike as 1400 meters ascent.
What I learned at the end of my hike is that with the uphill and the downhill we had travelled 40 km. Less than half was the uphill but not sure by how much. Our guide didn’t understand when we asked.
Found this waterfall. This is before me and my small group hit the difficult part of the hike.
Yay! I’m all happy at the waterfall before I had to climb up, up, up! I was totally the slowest one in the pack, but that’s OK. I had a forgiving group that waited on me. I could not breath in the humidity.
Cute little bridge over a creek. I hopped the rocks, but I appreciated the covered bridge just the same.
Here’s our group with the tour guide guy in the middle. Behind the camera is Marie from Ireland. This is a hill tribe village at the top of the mountain that fed us and gave me strawberry fanta for like a nickel.
On the way down we stopped by some beautiful views of rice paddies.
View of the mountain from the bottom. I was just glad to get out alive!
Me relaxing at our lakeside hut for lunch. I got there early cause I decided to skip biking and ride down in the truck with the nice Thai guy that spoke no english but tried to hold a conversation with me the whole time anyways.
Here’s the whole gang with a basket of beer and soda, waiting on our well-deserved curry.
We all met up later that night to grab drinks and dinner. Marie and I stuck it out late at my friend’s bar The Playhouse and proceeded to get slightly hammered… not quite drunk.
All in all, a good day! But exhausting!