Friends Reunited – Doi Inthanon National Park, Thailand’s highest mountain

Marilyn, Alf, Paula, Leo, Janet and Tony spent the day visiting Thailand’s highest mountain, Doi Inthanon. It was Chinese New Year  and the ‘V’ sign was a friendly local gesture.

The photo is taken on the Kew Mae Pan Nature Trail close to the top of the mountain, where the views and flora are spectacular. We took about two and a half hours to complete the trail that was quite short, but many steps, curves, ups and downs some being rather steep for those of us with shorter legs like Marilyn!

To bring you up to date, the six of us are friends from the Phoenix Walking Group in Cyprus and had arranged to meet up in Thailand for a walk!  We had all planned trips in the North independently.  We’re all keen walkers, so a day’s get together with a bit of a trek at the top of Thailand’s highest mountain seemed appropriate.

Alf organized the trip, with mini-bus, driver, English speaking guide (Pear), and local guide for the nature trail. We quickly rounded everybody up in Chiang Mai and headed out of town about 8am. Apart from the transfers, and the hike, we visited the top of the mountain, waterfalls and spectacular his and hers royal temples and gardens one for the King and the other for the Queen.

It was a truly memorable day. The only downside  was that Alf had a touch of food poisoning, we think caused by the meal the previous evening, which seemed to get worse as the day wore on – he was really cold at the mountain top, altitude 2600 meters and said his teeth were chattering (not man flu on this occasion!). With fleece and sweater, he carried on and kept smiling.

Pear, our guide was a keen hiker and provided some friendly commentary along the way.

We returned to Chiang Mai late afternoon. Janet, Tony and Marilyn and Alf met up later  on and Paula and Leo, Marilyn and Alf arranged to meet on the following day. We all said our goodbyes until we next meet in April.

If you visit, Chiang Mai, the Doi Inthanon National Park is a must and if you have time take the nature trail like us.  Along the trail, people are friendly. We drew some attention because we were by far the oldest hikers once again!

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