Well…well…well…it wouldn’t be a day in my life if I didn’t get lost, get wet or nearly die a couple of times.
I want to start this off by giving you normal directions. I researched this a million times and still got lost. Do not pay attention to any landmarks when you read other articles. They all mention the Chiang Mai Zoo and other landmarks and that is literally the worst way to go…aka what I did. It was extremely frustrating to say the least.
The easiest way to describe this is you need to get to the END of Suthep Road. This is the only map that I found online that helped me. Follow each landmark on it and you will find the starting point on your first attempt.
If you follow this correctly, you will eventually walk up to this fork in the road.
Here you will take a sharp right and continue walking uphill for about 10 to 15 minutes, depending on your pace. By this time I was drenched in sweat and tired since I got so lost prior to reaching this spot, therefore I took my sweet time. This part of the trial is very open and were scenic…I would suggest snapping some pictures.
Once you reach the top of the hill, you will walk right into the entrance of the hike. It has two little green houses (good for hiding from the rain lol). From here on out the trial is pretty “simple”. All you have to do is follow the orange monk ties, which I must admit was a bit harder than I expected due to the heavy rain I encountered. Literally as soon as I stepped into the trial it started pouring. The trial became more like a rapid river and the next thing I knew I was completely soaked and scrambling to protect my tech gear.
The scenery was nonetheless beautiful and I wouldn’t have changed my circumstances for anything. The hike did become very challenging, at certain points I was so sure that I will slip and just flat out break something, but I loved every second of it.
I would suggest going on this hike on a weekday and in the morning time. This way you will avoid other hikers and may even run into monks taking this trial. I unfortunately did not run into any monks, but I was hiking all by myself, which was amazing.
THINGS TO PACK:
- Waterproof shoes/hiking boots
Here are some pictures that I managed to get through the monsoon. I must admit, it is so beautiful and green the whole way up. Even with the heavy rain I was dumbfounded by the fact that I was physically there. The Wat Sakithaka (Pha Lat) is absolutely breath taking. Once you reach the top you are overlooking the whole trial/mountain and the city view is gorgeous. The temple itself is very simple but that is the beauty of it. Even though it is very down to earth and almost blends in with the jungle, it has tons of little details that make it very special. I think this tempe is one of my favorites for this exact reason. It doesn’t need to be flashy or covered in lights and gold…it just is pure, simple and functional.
If you want to see the actual trial and how much I struggled…feel free to watch the video and have a good laugh.