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This route is great for a day out on the trails. It starts with a gentle trail towards Huay Tung Tao Lake where you can stop for a good lunch before gearing up for the long incline up towards the Ban Khun Chang Kian coffee village where you can refuel with a fresh cup of coffee and a snack before heading down the Caffeine trail. You can finish the trail at a nice waterfall where you can stop for a dip or enjoy the view of the city once more before going home.
Need to Know
You can park at the temple rather than by the zoo. It's safer and easier to access the routes.
If you have the energy and time you can do an extra loop up to the peak and back to the village before heading back.
Please avoid this trail (or the park) at night if you are running on your own. On all of my night runs, I have found at least 1 Malayan pit viper, scorpions, and other night crawlers. These trails are remote and there is no proper Mountain rescue team.
1. Bring a buddy
2. Pack a first aid kit
3. Tell someone where you are going and give them this link. Describe the route to them.
4. Have a check-in time with your buddy. Maybe send them selfies at each stop?
Starting at the Temple you head your way up the road before quickly turning right. Follow the map for about 1km and you'll hit the trailhead. Keep an eye on the map because there are many trails that twist and turn. Eventually, the trails lessen and become easy to follow. Enjoy the views as you run along the mountain.
Eventually, you'll come to a stream with a couple of options. Carry on forward and then take the first right. This trail can often get overgrown. If that's the case there is an alternative a bit further along the trail. Choose the best one or enjoy bushwacking. You'll hit a road. Turn left and carry down the road. You'll eventually hit Huay Tung Tao lake and a few restaurants that can cook up any Thai meal that you can think of.
Once you finish your meal, head along the road for about 500m before finding a wide trailhead. It will be flat for a bit before taking a left turn uphill. You'll come into a thick trail and quickly hit a stream. Cross the stream and head up the trail. You'll hit a bridleway. This is very popular for trucks and motorbikes heading towards the village. Enjoy the journey up waving and greeting runners on the way down. Keep an eye on the map as there are a few major junctions that you don't want to miss (or take the wrong way).
Once you reach the coffee village there is a trail behind it that connects to the Caffeine Trail. This trail heads straight down the mountain.Once you hit the road, look to your left and you'll see a parking area for a waterfall. Go there and cross the stream. There you'll find the path that goes down the waterfall and back towards the temple. Please don't forget to enjoy the views on the way, or stop for a dip at the waterfall!
Shared By: Gijs de Jong