Kiew Mae Pan is fantastic nature trail with beautiful view

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Getting truly experience by walking along Kiew Mae Pan Nature Trail through the beautiful green forest, passing giant Rhododendrons, waterfalls and streams which leads to a cliff where you can enjoy breathtaking mountain views. This nature trail is unforgettable! The two hour hike takes you through the jungle and out to a path with the best views!

Kiew Mae Pan nature trail situates at approximately 2,200 meters above sea level, is 3.2 km. which 3 different zone of forest and takes around 2-4 hours to complete. Kew means narrow path, and this one snakes along a towering mountain range which is home to great variety of plants and animals.

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First zone, Start from the rain forest with full of moss and fern. The trail rises up through evergreen forest with an attractive waterfall. The forest floor was littered with leaves and organic matter forming a dense layer that would take long to decompose because of the cold climate. This section of the forest was devoid of human activity and therefore in superb condition.

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From the green forest, soon you will get into the big open space with the lovely view of the mountains and the cool breeze of the view points. Over look view as the birds’re fling in the sky. On the walk way , the trail will lead you along side of the mountains area through Alpine Savanna. You may be lucky and have a chance to see Mainland Sero and Goral climb on the cliff. See the twin rocks of Kiewmaeparn with the lovely view for photos

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Next up was highlight of the trek, This was the area where the pathway is narrow between two slopes in the opposite direction. On the left was the slope falling into the forest where trees grow green, tall and strong. On your right, the mountain just drops into a plunging valley that merges into other valleys, creating a beautiful contour of blueish-green. The reason why this happens is that there is more sun, rain and moisture on one side whereas the other side just gets washed out to form a slope. It was slightly dangerous because if we weren’t warned about the forest slope on our left.

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It is also a good place to see flowering red rhododendron trees that thrive on acidic soil at altitudes of 1,800 metres and above sea level, commonly found in the Himalayas.

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The bird's eye views of Phra Mahathat Naphaphon Phumisiri and Phra Mahathat Napha Methanidon (King and Queen Pagoda) can be clearly spotted. From here, on a clear day you can see all the way to Mae Chaem district. Rain water running down the mountains is clean and clear, the source of Mae Chaem and Mae Ping rivers.

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Going back, you will be led back to the forest again. You trek trough the damp forest floor under the canopy of towering trees and back to the starting point.

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How to get to Kiew Mae Pan

The Kew Mae Pan Nature Trail is found at kilometer 42 on the road to the Doi Inthanon National Park.

Entrance fee : It’s 200 baht per group to hire a guide for the trail and they will not let you in on your own.

Opening :

Trekkers on this route should seek permission from the park headquarters at Km. 31 for safety reasons. A group of not more than 15 people is recommended. Food consumption is not allowed while trekking. Kiew Mae Pan nature trail is closed for reforestation from June 1 to October 30 annually.

Visitors are recommended to visit during wintertime (December-January).

 

Phrathat Doi Kham Temple is a place for worship, faith and believe of Thai of people.

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Phrathat Doi Kham temple often referred to as Wat Doi Kham or the Golden temple is located at the top of a hill to the south west of the city.

Thai people like to go to this temple and grant for the wishes, then provide jasmine to the sacred Buddha.

Phrathat Doi Kham Temple is actually older than the city of Chiang Mai. It was established in the 7th century by the sons of Queen Chamadevi of the Haripunchai Kingdom, who had her capital in the nearby city of Lamphun. The Haripunchai Kingdom was a populated by the Mon people, who were the first to bring Buddhism to Northern Thailand.

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All around the temple, you can see various images and shrines dedicated to Queen Chamadevi and other important figures in her life story, such as her two sons and the Ruesi, or ascetic hermit, who is said to have adopted the queen as a child. According to legend, the hermit found the young princess sitting on a giant lotus flower. He raised her, and she married one of the princes of the Mon capital city Lopburi in Central Thailand. The king then sent her up north on a mission to establish a new city and sister kingdom for the Mon people.

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In the temple you can find the Buddha image of the success. Named "Luang Por Tun Jai". Because of this image, most believing Buddhists come to the temple. They want something from the image of success. If the desire is eventually fulfilled, the faithful return to show their gratitude.

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If would like to grant your wish (only one thing), ask for blessings from the Thanjai Buddha statue and tell that your Name and Surname and how many jasmine garlands you will offer after success (at least 50 or more). if your wish does come true in 3 months, you must return to fulfill your promise.

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From the photo, Thousand of Jasmine flower displace there.

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The chedi, or temple pagoda, is not very large, but it’s covered in gold and said to contain a hair of the Buddha, which is why the temple’s name includes the word phrathat, which means “holy relic”. According to a local legend, the mountain was once inhabited by a pair of giant cannibals who terrorized the local population (were they yetis?). The Buddha then paid a visit to the giants and converted them to his doctrine. He left one of his hairs with them, which they then paid reverence to daily. And it is this hair that is enshrined in the chedi.

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The courtyard contains large numbers of bells and very large gongs that visitors can strike. Several large warriors armed with swords similar to those at the Grand Palace in Bangkok and white lion figures or Singha guard the grounds. The viharn contains beautifully carved window panels, its roof is decorated with Naga bargeboards.

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When you get up to the temple parking area, the first thing you’ll notice is the gigantic seated Buddha statue which you can see from the foot hill was called ” Phra Buddha Napeesripingkaratana”. At 17 meters tall, it’s the largest seated Buddha in Chiang Mai.

The temple courtyard has many small shrines to various figures, which really gives it the feeling of a pilgrimage spot. Besides figures connected to the history of the temple (including the cannibalistic giants that were converted to Buddhism), you’ll also find shrines to Phra Mae Guan-im (Kwan-Yin Bodhisattva) and Phra In (the Hindu god Indra).

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There is an interesting folktale about Lord Buddha visiting this temple and meeting a rakshasa (demon) family who tried to eat him. Lord Buddha conquered them by sending them his kindness, which they could not stand. The rakshasa family eventually converted, revering our Lord Buddha, and also gave up consuming human flesh.

The temple grounds include a large terrace that gives a vantage point out over fields and towards the city below. At the balcony see the nice view of Rachapruk Park and the town below. You can combine a trip to the temple with Royal Flora Rachapruk or Chiang Mai Night Safari.

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How to get to Phrathat Doi Kham Temple

Wat Phrathat Doi Kham is located at the top of a hill to the south west of the Chiang Mai city in Mae Hia sub district almost 10 kilometers from the town center.

Entrance fee

The temple has an entrance fee of 30 Baht for foreigners and make sure to cover your shoulders and knees otherwise you will be asked to rent a scarf to cover up in respect of the temple and monks.

Opening Hours: 08:00 – 17:00

Sticky Waterfall or officially known as Bua Tong waterfall

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Sticky waterfall is really beautiful journey and incredible falls

The Sticky Waterfall is an amazing day trip outside Chiang Mai. It's very cool to walk up and refresh yourself.

The Buatong Sticky Waterfall  are located about 60 km north of Chiang Mai City, in the Sri Lanna National Park. Not too many people know about this sticky waterfall, because it’s off the well-worn tourist track.

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The Sticky Waterfall get their name from a mineral deposit that provides an incredibly grippy surface for bare feet and hands. In fact, the rocks feel like hardened sponges, callous and even slightly prickly to the touch, but surprisingly give a bit under pressure. There are also no algae or slime that adheres to the rocks, leaving a perfect canvas to climb up the waterfall. It is impressively steep in some places, but with the aid of the limestone deposits on the stones.

There are 3 different levels to experience, in which the top levels are the starting point. The rocks are cream colored and bulbous, almost cartoonish, and contrast beautifully with the dark green forest. And the water? Crystal clear and cool. In the rainy season (June through September), you can expect the water to be more rapids-like and powerful as they surge down the falls.

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Thanks to the lime stone, which floats in the water, the rocks are not slippery and you can climb them easily without any equipment. You don’t even need shoes! The rocks are a little prickly, and some feel like pumice stones. The middle level seems to be a little more dangerous and slippery. Also, it is better not to walk around the paddles in your flip flops as you can easily lose them in the mud.

Bring :

  • Bathing suit
  • Camera
  • Towel

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There are drinks and light snacks for sale on the premises and clean, although Thai-styled, bathrooms. Food is not allowed down in the waterfall area (there are no trash cans to dispose of your garbage), but there are plenty of picnic tables with shade near the top area of the park entrance.

How to get to Buatong Sticky Waterfall

Buatong Sticky waterfall is located north of Chiang Mai. To get there, you need to take the 1001 Highway, and that is the easiest part of the trip. If you are on the Superhighway, the 1001 turn-off is on the north side of the highway, east of Chang Phuak Road. It's the one that leads to Mae Jo. You stay on the 1001 for pretty much the whole journey. The hard part of this trip is knowing when to turn off to the waterfalls, because contrary to what earlier blog posts and articles might say, the waterfall is NOT well signposted. In fact, when we eventually realised we had already seen and passed the sign to the waterfall road, it was only because there are no other signs for 5km after that one. So if you see a big old sign that is completely washed out and faded, with a few other little indecipherable signs scattered around it, you're almost definitely on the right track. Also, it is the next road after a series of wooden huts selling vegetables and plants, along with a tiny bottle store, and probably a few friendly locals milling about. It's not hard to miss 🙂

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Entrance fee : Admission is Free

Operating time : 06.00 a.m. - 06.00 p.m.

Address : Doi Suthep-Pui National Park, Mae Ho Phra, Mae Taeng District, Chiang Mai, Thailand, 50150