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2.8 km (1.7 miles) WSW of Ban Pa Tung, Lamphun, Thailand
Approx. altitude: 590 m (1935 ft)
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Antipode: 18°S 81°W

Accuracy: 5 m (16 ft)
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#2: View to the South #3: View to the West #4: View to the North #5: View to the East #6: GPS Reading #7: Ground Zero #8: The Confluence Hunter #9: The Farmer's Shelter #10:  Closeup to a Langyan Tree

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  18°N 99°E (visit #4)  

#1: The Confluence from 15 m distance

(visited by Rainer Mautz)

24-Feb-2013 -- This confluence visit is the second last out of a series of 15 visits in Malaysia and Thailand. The previous confluence is 17°N 99°E. It is in turn part of a 4-months bicycle trip starting in Tasmania at 43°S 146°E.

On confluence day, I started at 6 AM in Mae Pa (แม่ปะ), which is 90 km from the confluence (on roads). I crossed a mountain range of 500 m in height and while coasting down, I met an English cyclist. He was riding the reverse route from Chiang Mai (เชียงใหม่) to Kuala Lumpur. Without a proper map, he had spent a whole day heading in the wrong direction. I suggested to get an electronic map of Thailand with all details. With such a map it is possible to stay on minor roads which are ideal for cycling. After we had spent 45 minutes exchanging our experiences we split and I headed to the confluence point via the roads no. 106 and no. 1219. The latter road gets within 720 m to the confluence. From there, a cycle-able, but steep farm track took me within 60 m.

The confluence is at the edge of an orchard of longan and banana trees. In 66 m distance, there is a little shelter for farmers to escape from the heat or rain. It was unpleasantly hot, but I preferred to escape to the next town Thung Hue Chang in 3 km distance and have a big lunch.

I spent the night camping out about 20 km south of Lamphun (ลำพูน). There was no hotel nearby and anyways I was longing for camping out after spending several weeks exclusively in hotels.

CP Visit Details:

  • Distance to an asphalt road: 720 m
  • Distance to a track: 60 m
  • Distance of bicycle parking: 60 m
  • Time to reach CP from bicycle parking: 1 minute
  • Time at CP: 1:30 PM
  • Measured height: 592 m
  • Minimal distance according to GPS: 1 m
  • Position accuracy: 5 m
  • Topography: mountainous
  • Vegetation: Longan and Banana Trees. A mixed forest to the South.
  • Weather: fine, 33° C (felt temperature)
  • Given Name: The Longan Confluence

More pictures of the trip can found at mautz.net.

The story finishes at 19°N 99°E.


 All pictures
#1: The Confluence from 15 m distance
#2: View to the South
#3: View to the West
#4: View to the North
#5: View to the East
#6: GPS Reading
#7: Ground Zero
#8: The Confluence Hunter
#9: The Farmer's Shelter
#10: Closeup to a Langyan Tree
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