Phu Chi Fah – Chiang Rai’s Best Kept Secret

Phu Chi Fah is hidden gem in Chiang Rai which you must visit. Close to the border of Laos, it is home to one of the most beautiful sunrise you will ever see in your life. Though Phu Chi Fah is well-known among Thais, it is still considered off-the-radar for most international travellers. You will not want to be the one who missed out.

Phu Chi Fah

Phu Chi Fah translates to “the mountain that points to the sky” and the best time to catch its magnificent view is during sunrise. Once you have climbed to the summit, you could find yourself standing above the famous sea of fog, where you will be catching sunrise above the clouds!

Phu Chi Fah – standing above the clouds

The best period to visit is during winter (November to February). To catch this view, you will need to sacrifice your sleep to wake up at around 5 am, that is if you are staying in one of the many guest houses in Phu Chi Fah. If you are coming from Chiang Rai city, your journey needs to start around 3:30 am. It will be best to rent a car to drive up or arrange for a private driver.

Once you are at the base of the submit, the 760-meter hike up via the Phu Chi Fah Forest Park trail will take about 20-30 minutes.

As the weather will get very cold, it is advisable to put on a jacket and long pants. Wear proper shoes as the walk up to the summit will be rocky and might be slippery.

Phu Chi Fah after sunrise

Trust us, it is well-worth the effort!

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