I began the experience in late afternoon after a rain and from the very start of the trek up the mountain it was an experience. The trek started with a truck ride up this very steep mountain road. The drivers were quite expert at driving the winding switch backs, with the trucks switching sides of the road to let other trucks pass from the other way. On the way up we entered into the clouds that surrounded Khao Kitchakud (Khao meaning mountain), making the experience all the more magical. At the end of the truck ride the hike began. There was thousands of Thai Buddhist there taking the hike with me, sprinkling yellow flowers along the trail. The trail was steep and the going not easy but there was Thais of all ages, from children being carried to Thais that were quite old. But no one complained for the Buddha Footprint was the goal. And keeping with Thai tradition there were hockers selling their goods all the way to the top of the mountain, including food and water from the thousands of hikers. There were also many Buddhist traditional things to do such as ringing Temple bells placed along the trail.
I was the only westerner (farrang) on the trail and I received many greetings on the way up and down.
By the end of the day the skies cleared and I got to experience the most amazing sunset from the very top of Khao Kitchakud.
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For a look at the location of the Buddha's Footprint see the Google Map link below..
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