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“A hidden gem ”

Ranked #1 of 2 things to do in Thoeng
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Reviewed January 4, 2018 via mobile

This place is not popular among foreign tourists. However, be ready for flocks of local tourists arriving there for the sunrise for the simple reason that it is really beautiful! Locals also head over there to camp close to the peak, w their family/ lovers.

The sunset is less crowded and IMO looks really good.

The area is really chilly though. At one point of my night as I camped close to the peak, the weather fell to as low as 11 degrees.

Try to find your own way or bring your own sleeping bag if you intend to camp. Otherwise you can rent a tent at 200 baht from the park office.

Accommodation in the town can be found for as low as 300 baht if you haggle and just walk around to keep finding.

Getting to the start of the climb to the peak from town, you can hop on to the pick-ups at just 30 baht each way.

4  Thank Jemmyjemm
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Reviewed December 28, 2017 via mobile

I rented a motorbike from Chiang Rai and drove about 2,5 hours to get there. Once entering the park, it was quite steep, so you will need to be an experience driver. Once you get to the town, which is quite beautiful, there are plenty of accommodation options. Alternatively, you can camp near the peak, but be aware of strong winds.

The trek from the parking to the peak took 15-20 minutes and was quite easy.

My tips:

- Warm clothes. It is quite chilly in the early morning.
- See both sunrise and sunset. The spot is well known for sunrise over the sea of clouds. I found sunset equally impressive. From the peak you can see both sunrise and sunset!

4  Thank Adventurevn
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Reviewed December 23, 2017

Trip from Chiang Rai to Phu Chi Fa. Stayed in a basic cabin. Wake up call for 4 a.m. On the mountain for 4.30 a.m. 2 hour wait for sunrise. Be warned - it is very, very busy as sunset approaches. Although sun was partly obscured by cloud, the views are worth all the effort.

1  Thank ianrobb
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Reviewed December 20, 2017 via mobile

Don't get me wrong, the mountain is beautiful and the sunrise is romantic and all, but first of all, it's not a hike to get there, but a 5 min. Walk, so for those that are used to mountains and hiking u'll be disappointed by the walk there
And it's not like you can enjoy the sunrise in peace since you're there with 150 other people, some of them very loud and many of them so eager to get a good picture that they position themselves right in front of you, bump into you, etc....
Some of the locals play loud music and make their little children dance so tourists who have never seen Thai children can snap a pic of them (*sarcasm*).
So if you're looking for a unique experience in the nature, this is not the right thing to do, better go on a trekking trip through the hills and mountains during the day!

1  Thank Gudrun K
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Reviewed December 4, 2017 via mobile

Wow. Wow. Wow.

It is surreal. Worth the painful early wake up call. The hike to the top is somewhere between beginner and intermediate. It’s dark, bring a light. And proper shoes. But it’s worth being there before the sun is fully up. The sea fog though!

1  Thank Amanda K
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