CHIANG RAI – Tour operators in the northern province of Chiang Rai are upbeat and gearing up for the upcoming Thailand’s tourist peak season in the winter.
Restaurants, resorts and other tourist related business at Phu Chee Fah, one of scenic tourist attractions in the northernmost province, have begun to refurbish their places to welcome waves of tourists expected during the peak season that usually starts with the arrival of cold wind from up north.
Winter has just arrived, with the temperature dropping to 14-15 Celsius in early mornings. Accommodations have nearly been fully booked, especially for the year-end holidays, according to Banterng Kreauwong, president of Northern Community Tourism Club.
Phu Chee Fah is a hilly terrain famous for its chilly weather and the views of picturesque valley, with a sea of thick fog down below the hill.
Phu Chi Fah Forest Park is located in the area of the Pa Mae Ing and Pa Mae Ngao National Forest Reserve, which falls within Baan Rom Fah Thong Moo 9 and Baan Rom Fah Thai Moo 10, Tambon Por, Wiang Kan District, Chiang Rai Province. The area also falls within the Forest Conservation Area (Zone C) with total area of approximately 2,500 rais announced by the Royal Forest Department as a Forest Park on 6th February, 1998.
The area is in the midst of Doi Pa Mohn Mountain range along the Thai-Laos border. The area is 1,200-1,628 meters above average sea level and an average slope all round of approximately 40%. The highest spot is recorded at the observation point.
Temperature up on the hills can be quite cool but season wise, it would be more like Tropical Monsoon with influence from South-Westerly wind during rainy seasons and North-Easterly wind during winter. There are 3 seasons altogether in this area – summer from March to May, rainy season from June to September and winter from October to February