Tourists flock to shivering North, Northeast


CHIANG RAI, Nov 17 — As temperatures atop Phu Chi Fah in the northernmost province of Chiang Rai dropped to 14 degree Celsius before dawn Sunday, about 1,000 Thai and foreign tourists braved the chilly weather to see the sun rise and the sea of fog. 

Several tourist destinations in the province are now packed with tourists, especially Phu Chi Fah, because visitors could admire the beauty of the sun when it starts rising amid the sea of fog.

Those carrying cameras also did not miss their chance to photograph frozen dew on the grass.

Bantherng Kruawong, chief of the Chiang Rai tourism operators community, said that tourism atmosphere at Phu Chi Fah has been active since the beginning of this month and is expected to remain bullish until the New Year’s celebrations when at least 10,000 tourists visit Phu Chi Fah.

Mr Bantherng said there are more 1,000 resort and hotel rooms in the area and most are now fully booked by tourists.

In the northeast, the temperature in Si Sa Ket province dropped to 19 degrees Celsius at Pa Mor E-Dang in Khao Phra Viharn national park.

Tourists from nearby provinces including Ubon Ratchathani and Surin went up the mountain  to see the exciting scenery and, of course, the sun as it rises above the meeting point of three countries — Laos, Cambodia and Thailand.

The general situation at the ancient Preah Vihear temple nearby, contested by Cambodia and Thailand, remains calm as border patrol security from both countries perform their duties as usual along the border.