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Doi Pha Tang

Doi Pha Tang

Doi Pha Tang is an incredible hidden paradise in Chiang Rai. Known for being the best area for watching the picturesque Mekong river, but there’s so much more to discover in this mountainous tropical area.

Located roughly 160 kilometres from Chiang Rai’s town centre, this viewing area features a tall cliff that looks over the Thailand and Laos border.

Doi Pha Tang, Hike, Viewpoint, Tour & Accommodation, Chiang Rai Thailand

If you are looking for some jaw-dropping scenery, don’t miss out on this! If you come early enough, you’ll see a thin sea of mist blanketing the verdant mountaintops. It gets its name from combing the local words: doi (hill), pha (cliff), and tang (to stand vertically).

There aren’t lots of Westerners, or visitors for that matter, who come here. Because of that, this attraction has maintained its pristine natural beauty. It’s quiet and serene throughout the year, plus you get to see some of the best views in all of the country.

This is also the home of the Yao and Hmong minority groups, as well as the Chinese Haw hill tribes, who live their lives here peacefully and undisturbed by major development or tourism.

The highest point here is around 1,638 meters above sea level. Come and breathe the fresh air as you appreciate the panoramic views of both Laos and Thailand and the legendary Mekong River. Aside from views of neighbouring countries, Doi Pha Tang has some fantastic natural scenery. During the cool season, you can also encounter the pretty Nang Phaya Sua Krong flower or the Wild Himalayan Cherry blossoms.

Throughout the area, several flat areas make ideal camping grounds. Camping is not only permitted here but encouraged if you’re looking for a unique adventure while in northern Thailand. The roadsides are also dotted with vendors selling Chinese food, as well as fresh fruit that grows well in this altitudes and climates – many of which you won’t find in other areas.

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