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Tourist appeal blossoms in chilly Chiang Rai

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Tourist appeal blossoms in chilly Chiang Rai

By The Nation

 

The temperature is falling in the Thai North, which means mountain-climbing season has arrived.

 

Tourists numbers are proportionately rising at a Chiang Rai national forest and several mountain trekking sites thanks to the cooler weather and the breath-taking vistas of fog it creates.

 

Somphet Pang-ngern of the Ngao-Ngaow Watershed Forest Management Unit said many visitors had stayed overnight in the campsite at his office this past weekend, waking early to scale the several peaks nearby.

 

He’s within easy hiking distance of Mounts Phu Chi Fah, Phu Chi Dao and Phu Chi Duan as well as Doi Pha Mon and Doi Pha Tung.

 

Somphet said they breathe in the cool mist and then come back down later in the morning to gasp at vast fields of indigenous plants whose leaves turn red with the cold and will soon sprout white flowers.

 

It’s the Wild Himalayan Cherry, dubbed “Thailand’s sakura”, and it covers the slopes around his forestry management site.

 

Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/breakingnews/30355100

 

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Beautiful, Village Farang. Having lived in Chiang Rai, I have only seen views like this after rain showers. The rest of the year the smog and smoke will limit the views.

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8 hours ago, webfact said:

Tourists numbers are proportionately rising

They always do at this time of year. And they are overwhelmingly not farang.  Read the license plates on the cars - oops!

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Looks wonderfull in the pics,but isn`t Pu Chi Fah quite a long way from Chiangrai and not easy to get to unless you have your own transport.

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Chiang Rai without your own transportation is something I find hard to fathom but tourists do seem to find their way to these places.  Personally I could not live here without a vehicle or two.  Distance is a relative thing, and for me, Phu Chi Fa and the other Phu’s are relatively close.  They are actually closer to where I live than Chiang Rai town, though driving time is longer due to the terrain.  It is roughly 54 km to town and 40 km to Phu Chi Fa.

 

This last winter was good for hiking and photography, though a couple of times the fog was so thick you couldn’t see much, but that can be interesting too.

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Many moons ago I traveled around Northern Thailand on my good old Honda 125.   Beautiful roads through the mountains....and very remote in those days.  Mostly red dirt roads.  Now I am quite content to sit on my porch and

enjoy my view , then take a short ride (on my bicycle, that is).  This mtn range is the Doi Intanon one.

I really enjoy having a few farangs around also  🙂

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1 hour ago, persimmon said:

Looks wonderfull in the pics,but isn`t Pu Chi Fah quite a long way from Chiangrai and not easy to get to unless you have your own transport.

Quite so, and this thread was about tourists. By far the greatest number of tourists to Chiang Rai are Thais. They tend not to trek, and many have have been here over 40 years, and one or two live in houses.

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17 minutes ago, My Thai Life said:

Quite so, and this thread was about tourists. By far the greatest number of tourists to Chiang Rai are Thais. They tend not to trek, and many have have been here over 40 years, and one or two live in houses.

i came here as a tourist.   and according to immig. i still am one   🙂   Sorry if that upsets you for being off topic

 

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I'm not upset at all by your comment, why should I be? I think almost all farangs came here as tourists (as do most visiting Thais). What I do think is amusing though is that even after decades, let's say 40 years, some farangs still are tourists, having no meaningful interaction with Thai society at all, apart from the old 90 day report. 

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13 hours ago, persimmon said:

Looks wonderfull in the pics,but isn`t Pu Chi Fah quite a long way from Chiangrai and not easy to get to unless you have your own transport.

Not sure if it's still running but there used to be a van from downtown bus station direct.

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Granted, most of the people we run into on the trail are Thais from Bangkok or elsewhere.  Most also avail themselves of the vehicles which carry people most of the way up to the mountain top, leaving a relatively short walk.  We prefer to park next to the main road and walk all the way but the ride in the back of a four wheel drive pickup can be exciting in its own way.

 

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1 hour ago, villagefarang said:

Granted, most of the people we run into on the trail are Thais from Bangkok or elsewhere.  Most also avail themselves of the vehicles which carry people most of the way up to the mountain top, leaving a relatively short walk.  We prefer to park next to the main road and walk all the way but the ride in the back of a four wheel drive pickup can be exciting in its own way.

 

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Great pictures as usual VF, still i suspect i should not take for granted such glorious weather, specially in this season.

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Weather can never be taken for granted during any season, also the weather may change more than once during the day.  There are days when I don’t take any pictures because there is nothing photogenic about my surroundings but it is still nice to be out in nature with my wife.  We probably spend more time talking, with less to look at.

 

I noticed that this OP had no images so I volunteered some of mine to give people an idea of what they may potentially see if they venture out this way.

 

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Striking photos as always VF The scenery around CR is awe inspiring. You present it in a way that is just irresistible and make you want to head out and see more thank so again  

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