Phu Chi Fa Guide

Overview of Phu Chi Fa

Phu Chi Fa is a breathtaking destination located in Chiang Rai, Northern Thailand on the border of Laos. The mountain, which translates to “the mountain that points to the sky,” offers stunning views of the valley, sea of mist and abundant flowers at sunrise.

It’s an undiscovered gem for most international travelers and a must-visit for nature lovers. The best time to visit is during winter, when the weather is cool and the views are spectacular.

To fully experience Phu Chi Fa, it is recommended to arrive the night before and witness the sunrise from the summit. The sunrise offers a unique and beautiful view, with the sun’s soft light illuminating the mist-covered mountains below. Visitors should stay and enjoy the view even after the sun has risen, weather permitting.

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How to Get to Phu Chi Fa

Phu Chi Fah is located in the Chiang Rai province in northern Thailand, away from the tourist track. The closest major cities are Chiang Rai (95 km) and Chiang Mai (300 km), both with bus stations and an airport (Chiang Mai also has a train station). The best way to reach Phu Chi Fah is to rent a car (2-2.5 hour drive, 1,200 THB or 35 USD per day) or take a minivan (departs Chiang Rai Terminal 1 Bus Station at 1:00 pm, 150 THB per person one way, 3-3.5 hour drive) which drops off in Phu Chi Fah town. Another option is to hire a private driver (2,500 THB for the day trip). From Chiang Mai, it’s a 5.5-hour car ride (1,200 THB or 35 USD per day) or a 3-hour bus ride to Chiang Rai, then follow the same options from Chiang Rai to Phu Chi Fah.

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