Phu Chee Fah

Above the sea of mist

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Phu Chee Fah is one of Thailand’s best hidden attractions. Thais know about it, but few tourists visit here, which is a shame, as it is a spot of superlative natural beauty. In Thai, Phu Chee Fah means “mountain pointing to the sky,” which aptly describes the main peak of the area, which looks like a finger sticking up towards the heavens. While the views here are marvellous, looking out into Laos and the Mekong River valleys far below, an uninterrupted panorama from this vantage point, the main reason to visit is for sunrise in the cool winter season, when differences between ground and air temperature cause moisture to form as fog all along the valley floor, making it look as if there is an ocean of mist down below. It’s a fantastic photography spot, there’s some good hiking here as well, and it is also a popular place to camp. Another added bonus of Phu Chee Fah is that for some reason it isn’t categorised as a national park, meaning tourists can visit for free, and not have to pay the several hundred baht park fee that is charged elsewhere.

At A Glance

Phu Chee Fah, Moo 10, Poh Wiang Kaen District
Rim Fa Thang Chiang Rai 57310

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