2012 - Backpacking to Northern Thailand day 8 @ Phu Chi Fa – Phayao

Northern Thailand Adventure, Mountains, Rivers and Temples
6th to 27th November 2012

at the guard house road entrance
Day 08 (13.11.12) Phu Chi Fa – Phayao (135km)

Wake up at 4am and started our trek at 4.45am. We reached the peak at 5.15am, however, the sun only rise at about 6.30am. We then had bread and jam for breakfast at the peak and by 7.20am we trekked down and reached the town at 8.20am for another round of porridge breakfast. We took the same van at 10am down to Chiang Kham to take the slow bus to Phayao. In Phayao we walked around the town and had very good seafood dinner at Reasamran Restaurant beside the lake.

Sleeping: Baan Arunathai Homestay at B600 a/c room for 2pax

local Hmong tribe children in hill tribe costume around the peak

all the photographers line up waiting for the sunrise at 5.30am

the Phu Chi Fa peak and the "sea of mist" below

the Phu Chi Fa peak


the Phu Chi Fa peak

The "sea of mist" over Laos as seen from Phu Chi Fa peak


The "sea of mist" over Laos as seen from Phu Chi Fa

traditional songs from local Hmong tribe children in hill tribe costume as you climb

they will spot you, and start singing and expected a few baht from you

local Hmong tribe children in hill tribe costume


the money given goes straight to their proud parent, standing a few feet away


the little girl in hill tribe costume at the edge of summit

another view of the "sea of mist" as seen from Phu Chi Fa

another view of the "sea of mist" as seen from Phu Chi Fa

the mountain ridge that provides a stunning view of both sides of the border (Thai and Laos)
the view from lower heights are still breathtaking with the thick mist all over

the people at the lower height walking uphill to the peak

it was too cloudy to see the sunrise but we had some good shots

had bread and jam for breakfast  at the summit view point

(L-R) Ching, Lee, Caroline, Bernard, Lily, Chew, Tay and Cindy



the face of a proud father
some stalls selling souvenirs at the start of the dirt trek up the hill



a very peaceful and quite place indeed! the landscapes are amazing!

we saw these mountain goats on the cliff wall along the trek downhill

took the van at 10am down to Chiang Kham to take the slow bus to Phayao


Sleeping: Baan Arunathai Homestay at B600 a/c room for 2pax


our normal 'Beer Chang' session at the guesthouse

walking around and explore the Phayao lake side



Kwan (Lake) Phayao covers around 17 square kilometres and was formed by the construction of a dam by Thailand's Fisheries Department in 1941. Prior to the dam's construction the area was filled by a number of smaller lakes and swamps, with their levels changing seasonally with the rains.

the lake offers one of the best viewpoints at twilight to observe the beauty of a sunset as the sun slowly sets amidst rolling hills on the western part of the Kwan


traditional fishing methods still rely on dugouts and simple gear such as cast nets and fishnets

The reflection of the afternoon sun over the vast expanse of water enhances the beautiful landscape of Phayao Lake.








photo taken with some of the college students

On an afternoon such as this, the local folk, as well as tourists, fill the benches on the promenade of Phayao Lake, know as "Kwan" among locals, which skirts the east-side of the lake.  Alongside is the road that also provides an embankment for this 2,500-hectare freshwater lake.

dragon sculpture on the lake Phayao and the school children releasing hot air lantern

we too also preparing to release the hot air lantern
1 2 3 let go....



King Ngam Muang Monument - Born in 1238, Ngam Muang was schooled in Lopburi and returned to take over his father's role as ruler of Phayao in 1258. Eighteen years later, when expansionist King Mangrai marched on Phayao from Chiang Rai, King Ngam Muang went out and met him. Rather than fighting, the two struck a deal making allies rather than enemies.

The statue is near the public park looking over the lake and the foreground is popular for early morning tai chi classes.

had very good seafood dinner at Reasamran Restaurant beside the lake

Day Expenses  THB total   per pax
8 Jam penut butter     110 16
breakfast     625 89
Van  -Phu Chi Fa to Chiang Kham  1,150 164
bus - Chiang Kham to Phayao     350 50

tuktuk bus stn to homestay     180 26
Rea Samran Restaurant (kwan phayao)  1,040 149
room @ Baan Arunothai Homestay  2,000 286

Day 1,2 @ Chiangmai
Day 3 @ Chiangmai – Thaton
Day 4 @ Thaton by River Boat to Chiangrai
Day 5 @ White Temple of Chiangrai

Day 6 @ Chiangrai - Mae Salong and Mae Fah Luang
Day 7 @ Chiangrai – Phu Chi Fa
Day 8 @ Phu Chi Fa – Phayao
Day 9,10 @ Phayao – Chiangmai - Mae Sariang
 
Day 11,12 @ Mae Sariang – Mae Sot
Day 13,14 @ Mae Sot - Bangkok
Day 15,16 @ Bangkok – Kanchanaburi - Sangkhlaburi
Day 17,18 @ Sangkhlaburi – Ayutthaya
Day 19-22 @ Ayutthaya - Bangkok – Butterworth
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1 comment:

  1. I'd met some Hmong tribal little girls singing and dancing near the Golden Triangle. Sad to say the parents do not send the children to schools.

    The little girls look lovely in their multi-colored costumes.

    It's great to witness the sunset. However leaving the warm bed so early in the morning.....

    Nice to know that there's a 17 sq.km lake in the form of dam at the Phayao Township.

    From AlanCYKok

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