Chiang Dao Hiking
section was going to be called walking,
but it was pointed out that some of the local walks were a little more demanding than gentle strolls, though these are also possible in the area. Topographic maps with many trails are available. A few of the routes include:
Trail - A one and a half hour
path up the side of the mountain, through thick forest/ jungle then down to the Chiang
Dao Caves. It is very well
marked and not too demanding.
Muang Khong Road - This route follows a paved road, but there is very little traffic and the untouched forest is breathtaking. You should be able to get past the National Park checkpoint with a smile, and up the very steep incline immediately after. One for the masochists!
The flags - a real workout - Starting at the cave you climb up very steep through bamboo forest, then you get to mixed forest and end up climbing over razor sharp limestone. Breathtaking views reward you at the flags. It is a 5 hour roundtrip, the use of our GPS is recommended.