While I was standing on the summit of Phu Chi fa and waiting for the sun to rise, I could not help looking at this amazingly beautiful planet and it pained me immensely to think about the rate at which we are destroying it. It felt surreal to stand so close to a mist of floating clouds and watch the beautiful sun turn the earth into shades of orange with her gold droplets.
This beautiful hill station is located in northern Thailand near the border of Laos.I was told that it is still considered an undiscovered place so i was super excited but when i climbed the summit at 5.30 am, there were so many people there.It is a popular destination amongst locals and I saw some foreign visitors too so i would not really call this destination unexplored but that should not be a big concern if you really want to visit.It is easy to go there by car from Chiang Rai,I stayed there overnight to ensure I was on time for the sunrise.Standing and watching the sun rise over the misty mountain was such a surreal experience, it was one of the most glorious displays of nature i have witnessed.My pictures can never do justice to what I witnessed with my own eyes.
I was told that the name Pu Chi Fa translates to,”The mountain that points to the sky” and it definitely lives up to its name.When you are viewing the sunrise from the top of the summit, it literally feels like you are in a dream.I spent some time there after sunrise too, a lot of people start leaving after the sunrise but i really enjoyed staying there and clicking pictures.You can walk around the summit and discover different paths, I walked down one path and tried clicking some pictures. This is a dream destination for landscape photographers and if you can reach there very early, it is possible to set up a tripod right in the front.The change in colors after and the way the clouds come out after the sunrise is interesting to watch.
The best way to go there is by car from Chiang Rai, it’s roughly 2.5 hours.If you want to watch the sky turning from dark purple to pinkish orange, it is recommended to reach there as early as possible depending on the time of the year.You can get this information through local people or websites, I went there in December and the weather was a little chilly.I stayed at a local hotel, there are lots of options for tents too if you are interested in camping overnight.