17-Oct-2002 -- Whilst staying in Chiang Mai for a Hash House Harriers weekend my wife and I decided to use a spare day to hunt a confluence on the 17th of October 2002.
The location of 19N 99E was about 20 km North from our hotel, so to get there we rented a small motorbike.
Maps available to us only showed main roads and according to the GPS the confluence should be located 2 km East of one of these roads. We trusted that there would be secondary roads or farmer’s tracks to reach the point.
This worked fine till we reached a point 1 km from our target. From then on we decided to go cross country, following the GPS target arrow as much as possible. This proved OK till about 300 meters from the destination, where straight-lining became impossible. Low scrubs, thorny bushes and deep gullies made the terrain impassable, so we had to follow a more roundabout way.
After a lot of moving about we found a spot where the arrow pointed straight into a field of sugarcane. Through this field we managed to get very close to the confluence. The last 23 meters east from that point were impassable.
The location is not very scenic as can be seen from the photos. To the north, west and south the view only shows sugarcane and to the east it’s dense bush.
Attached you will find some pictures which confirm this. A photo of the GPS screen shows that we have reached 19’00,000” N, 98’59,989” which is within the margin of success.
It was a fun exercise on a hot and sweaty day and I look forward to an opportunity to hunt another confluence.
-- Hugo & Anita Alberga from Amsterdam