Phu Chi Fa: Travel Around Northern Thailand

Travel to Phu Chi Fa – the highest peak in the Doi Pha Mon mountain range in Chiang Rai. Admire the beautiful nature that makes you stunned by the charm of Phu Chee Fah very hard to forget.

Regardless of the season, Chiang Rai has always been a popular destination for travelers. Tourist attractions in the mountains and various national parks seem to attract the most tourists… Don’t they? Therefore, today I want to please all travel lovers and take them to see Phu Chi Fa. I guarantee you won’t be disappointed. Because of the sea of ​​mist that surrounds Pu Chi Fa and the local atmosphere, nature here is beautiful and captivating. It looks like a painting by the greatest artist. I confirm! By the way, let’s go to explore the land of mountains and fogs in Phu Chee Fah.

Phu Chi Fa is the highest peak of the Doi Pha Mon mountain range. Near the Thai-Lao border of the People’s Democratic Republic of Laos, located in Thong District, Chiang Rai. It is located in a national forest reserve. It is unique in nature with a long line of rocks at the top of a peak pointing towards the sky on the Lao side. Hence the name “Phu Chi Fa” – the peak aspiring to the sky.

The side adjacent to the Lao People’s Democratic Republic is considered the most beautiful viewing platform in this place. On February 6, 1998, the Royal Forestry Department of the Kingdom of Thailand ordered the creation of the Phu Chi Fa National Park in this place with an area of ​​​​about 500 hectares, at an altitude of 1200 to 1628 meters above sea level.

As the important highlight of Phu Chi Fa, must be given to the viewpoint of the sea of ​​mist and the beautiful sunrise. In addition, the scenery of the intricate mountains looks far and wide. In the morning there will be a sea of ​​mist covering the valley below. The sun rises past the sea of ​​clouds.

And if you wait until the mist is completely evaporated you can see the Mekong River meandering among the green forests of Laos as well. Come to visit Phu Chi Fa during December – January. The route up to Phu Chee Fah will pass through the cherry blossom forest or the pink queen tiger tree, very beautiful as well.

Ah, but if anyone wants to see the sea of ​​mist at Phu Chee Fah, then Let me tell you that you have to work hard. Because the accommodation is located at the foot of the mountain Which is about 1.5 kilometers away from the viewpoint, so should go up to the top of the mountain since the sky is still dark. Around 5 a.m. would be ideal. Because when the sky starts to light up, you will see the mist gradually forming into different images, looking as beautiful as if a skilled painter came to decorate it, making an unforgettable impression.

In addition, the charming mountain of Phu Chi Fa still has the atmosphere of northern Thailand, as Mae Hong Son or Doi Mae Salong. Like other parks and mountains, there are hill tribe villages at the foot of Phu Chi Fa. There are many small accommodation options here that are run by some hill tribe people living in the Ching Man Hmong village area. If you visit Phu Chee Fah during the new year, you will be able to see the New Year celebrations where the Hmong will dress up in national dress. The highlight of the event is throwing balls or marbles between young people.

For a mountain climate, it is quite cool here. But the season is like a tropical monsoon. Under the influence of the southwest monsoon during the rainy season and the northeast winds in winter, divided into 3 seasons: summer, from March to May; rainy season from June to October; and winter starts from November to February.

However, Pu Chi Fa is the only mountain with the name “Pu”, although in fact it should be called “Doi Chi Fa”, as the name adopted in northern Thailand suggests. But Phu Chee Fah is the name that foreigners call, so this name is also common among the locals.

Nearest attractions

     - Doi Pha Thang is located about 24 kilometers from Phu Chi Fa in the Ban Pha Thang area. Wiang Kaen area. When watching the morning mist on Phu Chi Fa, you can go to Doi Pha Tang in the afternoon. What is worth seeing in Doi Pha Tang is the view of the Mekong River, which borders the Thai-Lao border. Landscape, as far as the eye can see, with a green forest. On the way to Pha Tang there is also Pha Bong, which looks like a big stone canal. You can also see the beautiful scenery of Laos.

      How to get to Doi Pha Thang:

You can take Provincial Highway 1093 and from Doi Pha Tang continue to Chiang Khong area. Chiang Saen District and Mae Sai District Chiang Rai Province

      - Phu Chi Dao is located in the middle between Phu Chi Fa and Doi Pha Tang. This is a sea of ​​mist view that is as beautiful as Phu Chi Fah. And if there is a day when the weather is good and the sky is clear, then you can clearly see Phu Chi Fa from sitting on top of Pu Chi Dao. Tourists will see beautiful 360-degree landscapes, such that nothing obscures the eyes and does not irritate. Most importantly, there are not many tourists coming to travel. Of course, you will be able to get in touch with nature, forests, mountains and the sea of ​​mist clearly with both eyes.

      - Fu Chi Duen, the third twin of Fu Chi Fa and Fu Chi Dao. Visitors can walk from Phu Chi Dao in less than an hour. The summit of Phu Chi Dueng looks like a protruding peak at the end of a mountain and has a wide courtyard at the end of the mountain's ridge. Suitable for camping use.

How to get there:

    -  by car

      Phu Chi Fa is far from Muang District, Chiang Rai Province, about 144 km. You can get to Phu Chi Fa along the route as follows:

      1. Travel from Chiang Rai, distance 108 km, along the route Chiang Rai - Thong, distance 64 km, and from Thong - Pang Kha, distance 24 km, then along the gravel route to Phu Chi Fa, distance 19 km.

      2. Follow the route 1021 Thoeng-Chiang Kham, distance 27 kilometers, to Chiang Kham 6 kilometers, there is an interchange with Phu Sang Waterfall Forest Park (1093), Ban Huak, another 19 kilometers, then go to Phu Chi Fa another 30 kilometers, then continue walk another 1 kilometer to get to the observation deck. The path is very steep.

       - by bus

       from Chiang Rai Bus Station There are buses to Phu Chi Fa and Doi Pha Tang departing at 12:30.

Tourist information:

      Phu Chi Fa Forest Park There are no cabins or campsites available for tourists. If tourists want to go camping, they must bring their own tents. There is a place with toilets in the forest park. As for food, you need to cook it yourself. However, they must apply directly to Forest Park Superintendent Phu Chi Fa for permission to use the site.

      For more information, please contact the Protected Area Management Office No. 15, Chiang Rai Province at 053-714914 or the Forest Park Management Department. National Park Office Department of National Parks Chatuchak Wildlife and Plant Conservation Area, Bangkok 10900 Tel: 025614292-3, ext: 719