Category Archives: Green Trails Blogs

Green Trails Blogs

Frans Betgem writes all the Green Trails blogs. He tries to write a blog per month but in the last couple of years, this has been quite difficult. Sometimes the blogs are stories about travel experiences or about certain trails. The blog Frans particularly likes is the story about the Opium Trail in Doi Suthep-Pui National Park. This is a fantastic trail that starts at the Hmong village Doi Pui. After leaving the village you will soon find yourself in an evergreen forest with pine trees and lush vegetation.

The Opium Trail on Doi Suthep

The trail is not too difficult until you arrive at a more open space. Here the trail becomes steep but not too steep to keep walking. At the top of the trail, you will reach an area with rocks and boulders. There is a Buddha footprint here. If the skies are clear you have a fantastic view over the surrounding mountains and plains. From there you descend to the Hmong village Ban Mae Sa Mai. Enjoy our Green Trails blogs.

The Doi Inthanon Trails

Two other favorite Green Trails blogs are those about the two great trails in the Doi Inthanon National Park. The Pha Dok Siew Trail is open the whole year and takes you along a beautiful waterfall to the Karen village Ban Mae Klang Luang. The other trail is the famous Kew Mae Pan Trail, which can become very busy during the cool season.

Man with two women in traditional dress
Frans at the Lawa or Lua village Ban Dong in 2018

The magnificent Pha Dok Siew Nature Trail

Doi Inthanon Pha Dok Siew hike view ricefields

Table of Contents Visitors on the Pha Dok Siew Nature Trail Improvements on the Pha Dok Siew Nature Trail The Pha Dok Siew Nature Trail (เส้นทางศึกษาธรรมชาติผาดอกเสี้ยว) is one of the two nature trails in Doi Inthanon National Park under the management of local people. The other trail is the Kew Mae Pan Nature Trail which […]

Remarkable elephant rescue operation ends in tears

Elephant rescue necessary to lift elephant out of the river

Remarkable elephant rescue operation ends in tears This article is about the story of an elephant rescue operation with a tragic ending. On the morning of Tuesday, villagers noticed an elephant almost submerged in a fast-flowing river in the Thung Salaeng Luang National Park, Phitsanulok province. The animal was just able to lift its trunk […]

Thailand Trekking in the early days – the 1970’s

Thailand trekking

Thailand Trekking in the early days – the 1970s Thailand Trekking If you mention Thailand trekking, people will think automatically about North Thailand and specifically Chiang Mai. To trek means “to go on a long, arduous journey, typically on foot.” Others describe trekking as “… is a long journey be undertaken on foot in areas where […]