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Published: July 16th 2018
For today’s adventure, we hired a driver to take us to a few locations around Chiang Mai off the beaten path. The itinerary included “sticky falls”, hiking to a waterfall, and visiting a temple on a hill overlooking the city. Our driver met us at 8:00 AM and we hopped in the back of his pickup.
The drive to Bua Thong (“sticky falls”)
was a little over an hour. The falls are located in a small national park with some cabins, a small market, and a lot of cyclists. We took the path then the stairs that descended beside the falls all the way to the bottom. We changed into our bathing suits and investigated the falls. The falls have a unique property that the water has a lot of minerals in it that have been deposited along the path of the falls. The deposits have formed beautiful, seemingly smooth rock structures over which the water flows. The surface feels like sandstone and offers great traction. We were easily able to scale the falls with only slight assistance from the ropes tied to upstream trees. We climbed to the top and descended the falls before heading out on to our next stop.
We hopped back into the truck and rode to Huay Tung Tao to do a short hike. Huay Tung Tao is primarily a swimming lake, but we had read a blog post about a hiking trail
. The people working at the welcome desk seemed to be confused about what we wanted to do. After a bit of communicating, we followed a guy on a bike back to a trailhead. The first several hundred yards of the hike was poorly marked and cleared but we pushed onward. Eventually, the trail became more apparent and the hike was beautiful, though extremely sweaty. We found a few unremarkable waterfalls before turning back.
We had lunch after the hike at a restaurant next to the lake. We sat in a cabana situated on stilts over the water. The soup we ordered took a surprisingly long time to come out. When it did, the “a little spicy” soup that Kristy ordered was atomically spicy. Brad tried to have the spicy version and give the mild soup to Kristy, but we ended up abandoning the spicy stuff altogether.
Next, we drove up to Wat Phra That Doi Suthep
, the temple on the hill. Upon arriving, the heavens opened up
and we were stuck in a full-on monsoon. We suited up and left the truck to find the temple. As we approached the dragon lined staircase to the temple, the rain subsided and the sun came out. We toured the average looking temple quickly before enjoying the scenic overlook. From this vantage, we could see that Chiang Mai was much larger than we had previously thought. The view of the city and the surrounding mountains was breathtaking.
We departed the temple and went back to the hotel. Both of us were fatigued from the day and decided to grab dinner at the Thai place next to the hotel. After dinner, we both passed out in our bed with the TV on and slept through until morning.
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