(16 December) Temperature continues to plunge around Doi Inthanont National Park in Chiang Mai province, with frost forming in many parts, attracting many tourists.
Travel to the colder parts in the northern region is a popular leisure in the tropical kingdom, where common jokes have it that Thailand has only three seasons: hot, hotter, and the hottest.
The frost can be seen along the three kilometres road leading up to Doi Inthanont, the tallest mountain peak of Thailand. It is the third appearance of frost this year, said Mr. Kriangsak Thanonphan, Director of Doi Inthanon National Park
A couple of days ago, Mr. Kriangsak said, the province witnessed heavy rain and temperature dropping to 2 Celsius degree, resulting the long wave of frost and sea of mist along the road up to Thailand’s highest hill.
Azelea flowers also bloom in welcome of the region′s cool season. However, Lady Slipper Orchids are withering due to heavy rain. In Mae Wang district, Wild Himalayan Cherry or Thai Sakura also blooms all over the hill in a spectacular sight.
The National Park Director said he believes that the frost will be seen everyday until the end of the cool season, and encourages tourists to come and witness Thailand’s natural beauty.
“Although the accommodation on Doi Inthanont Hill is 100% fully booked until next year, tourists can choose to camp out. We still have numbers of camping tents available”, said Mr. Kriangsak, adding that the national park had improved the roads to accommodate the tourists.
“However, I must warn tourists who wish to drive up the hill to check the capability of their cars. It is crowded during New Year’s Celebration, and we do not wish to witness any tragic accident”, said Mr Kriangsak.
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