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Hike to Phu Chi Fa Viewpoint

Phu Chi Fa is one of those places has not been heard by many tourists, but it is probably one of the most beautiful places in Thailand. Phu Chi Fah (or Phu Chee Fah) Forest Park, located in the Chiang Rai district of Thoeng, is a national park and mountain range. It is situated in the Doi Pha Mon mountain range at 1,628 m above sea level. The different viewpoints scattered along the cliff path offer dramatic 360-degree views of the mountain range forming the border between Thai and Laos. 

 

It's the most iconic view, it's at sunrise where you can see the tops of the mountains peaking over a morning fog sea. Even this viewpoint's site itself is a dramatic picture. Standing from a distance, you can see the silhouette of its jagged cliff-top edge, and the outline of the dramatic cliff-drop overlooking a sweeping valley below. 

 

A 2hr plus journey from Chiang Rai leaving at 0400hrs arriving 0600hrs approx. The car drove up to the car park which has stalls selling torches, food, and drink, I would suggest you take a torch as the paths up to the peak are rocky and gravel. It is a 760-meter climb/walk from the car park. Internet articles will tell you that the place is really cold and one can suffer hypothermia. Not true. You should have your jacket with you but the temperature is not that bad. As the sun rises it is a magnificent sight and as the sun gets warmer the mist starts to disappear and you see the valley floor along with the view for miles and even the mountains of Myanmar in the distance!


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