First Frost Greets Tourists at Doi Inthanon

CHIANG MAI — The first frost of the year arrived Monday morning atop of Doi Inthanon in Chiang Mai province’s Chomthong district, exciting Thai tourists who for days had been awaiting the temperature to drop low enough to witness the phenomenon.

Temperatures dropped to 3C at Kiew Mae Pan sightseeing spot on Doi Inthanon as cold weather from China moved southward to the upper parts of Northern Thailand. Grass as well as roadside weeds were frozen on the road leading to the summit of the mountain . Being a tropical country, Thai tourists have always cherished instances of cold climate.

The frost was particularly scenic between kilometer 42 to 47 of the Chomthong / Doi Inthanon Road, where throng of tourists arrived before dawn in anticipation of the first frost, said Rueng Hiranwong, head of Doi Inthanon National Park.

Doi Inthanon receives its name in honor of King Inthawichayanon of the former Lanna Kingdom, who reigned between 1870 to 1897 as the 7th ruler of Chiang Mai. It is the tallest mountain in Thailand rising to 2,565 meters at its summit.