Thai city folk head up North to enjoy misty cool mornings
Urbanites flocked to the North this weekend to escape city pollution and soak in cool temperatures.
The biggest attractions were Phu Chi Fa mountain in Chiang Rai and Phu Thap Buek in Phetchabun, which were covered in a sea of fog thanks to the mercury dropping as low as 12 degrees Celsius.
Phu Chi Fa, which is part of Phu Chi Fa National Park in Chiang Rai’s Thoeng district, is considered to be the province’s most beautiful point.
Hundreds of visitors climbed to the top of the 1,442-metre-high hill on Saturday morning to watch the sunrise break through a sea of fog on the horizon.
In Phetchabun, visitors scaled the 1,768-metre-high Phu Thap Buek mountain to enjoy the magnificent sunrise and a cool 14 degrees Celsius.
The cabbage plantations around the mountain offered a beautiful vista of green against the white sea of fog – a perfect backdrop for photographers.
A Chonburi resident, who was at Phu Thap Buek with some 25 family members, said the last time he was there was four years ago before the area was shut due to the pandemic. He added that he plans to book a cottage on the mountain for the New Year break.
“I keep coming back for the cool weather, which is a world away from the stuffy atmosphere of Chonburi,” he said.
A Bangkokian, meanwhile, said it was best to visit Phu Thap Buek on ordinary days as it is usually overcrowded during long weekends or public holidays.