A statue and the waterfall of Wat PhaladIt had been an hour since we started the hike, so after the short rest, where we quickly dipped our feet in the cold and refreshing water of the waterfall, we crossed the shallow river to get to the trail that continued down the mountain. The path followed the right side of waterfall downwards and seemed to split at a few points, but we found out later that a few of these trails cut in to the river but then dipped back in to converge with the main trail once again. There were a few turn-offs as well but as we followed the main trail downwards, it gradually became wider and much rockier, and sounds seemed to grow much louder as the foliage began to thin. Every now and then I heard the sounds of monkeys but couldn't slow down for long as swarms of mosquitoes would end up engulfing us. Jeepers creepers!We eventually reached the end of the trail, and it had taken us an hour and a half of slow walking, including the long rest stop at the waterfall. To get back out to the main road, we turned right at the TV tower and continued down the road and past the back entrance of the zoo. The road also passed by a cluster of dilapidated shacks that left us reeling from the squalor. A right turn at the junction that lay just after brought us right back to the cluster of sign posts (opposite Casa Condominium) that marked the point where we were supposed to have started.As our stomachs rumbled and we eagerly awaited the dinner (THB80) that lay in wait for us, we glanced back at the mountain whilst we sat in the songtheaw (THB50) that was slowly taking us back to the the South Gate. We managed to catch a glimpse of, far off in the distance and glittering snugly in the serenity of the mountain, the incongruent, bustling temple that overlooked the hustle and bustle of the city.
September 15, 2016 Posted by Ramon Fadli in Budget, Chiang Mai, Class 3, Day Hike, Dry Broadleaf Forests, Forests, Hiking, Mountains, Thailand, Tropical Savanna