Thai & Foreign Tourists Flock To Chiang Mai Chill

(15 October) As the cool season arrives sooner than expected in Chiang Mai province, many tourists are headed there to experience the rare chilly weather in the tropical kingdom.

 Doi Phahom Phok National Park  has recorded its lowest temperature at 8 degree Celsius on Sunday, according to its director Mr. Sitthichai Sereesong. The national park had recently opened a new tourism spot, Doi Sanju, a mountain top which sits between the Thai and Myanmar border.

Meanwhile, at Doi Inthanon, the highest spot in Thailand and a famous tourist attraction in the north, the temperature had also dropped to 10 – 20 degree Celsius during the recent days, Doi Inthanon National Park Chief, Mr. Kriangsak Thanonphan said.

This past weekend, the mountains have welcomed large number of tourists, particularly from China and Korea. Despite the seasonal rain, tourists are keen to visit the place, and the authority is expecting a further increase in tourists numbers during the New Year festival.

Officials claimed bungalows in the national park are already 90% booked.

Responding to the rising numbers of foreign tourists, Mr. Kriangsak has announced a plan to facilitate the tourists with signs written in different languages, particularly Thai, Chinese and English.

 

 

 
In Mae Rim district, temperature at Doi Mon Jaem has also dropped to 15 – 18 degree Celsius. Mr. Wan Muangma, chief of Pong Yaeng Reservation group, said that the district is diverse with a mix of both Thai and ethnic cultures, which he believed tourists should enjoy.

Mr. Wan is also confident that the soon-to-be-opened ‘Phada cave’ or the ‘the Holy Hand-Print Cave’ could draw much attention from the tourists visiting Chiang Mai. 

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