Tremendous hill-top views
Published/Last edited or updated: 14th January, 2018
The hill-top temple of Wat Phrathat Doi Kong Mu is better known for its splendid views over the surrounding area rather than the actual architecture itself.
In winter months morning views may well include an atmospheric cloaking of mist over Mae Hong Son below while at the end of the day you can see the sun setting behind the Burmese mountains to the west. The cooler months of November to January represent the best chance to see the spectacular sea of fog effect while sunset skies will be at their most photogenic during dry, rainy season afternoons when skies are blue and haze free and yet a few clouds may be around to add some drama to the skies.
During high season, sunset in particular can see quite a crowd gathering on the summit as it’s popular with both foreign and Thai tourists as well as being a romantic spot for local courting couples. Indeed the car-park also houses a cafe and coffee shop as well as a few souvenir stalls selling the de-rigeur baggie elephant pants plus religious paraphernalia to local pilgrims. The Before Sunset coffee shop (from the same entrepreneur who brought you 77 House down in town) has a particularly well-situated terrace facing north and west from its car-park location while the main viewpoint in front of the chedis looks east over the town and valley.
You can reach the summit either by climbing the steep staircase running up from beside Wat Muay Thor or follow a windy road by motorbike which leads up from the side of Wat Phra Non. Since the hill is measured at 1,500 metres and the town centre lies at around 250 you can work out for yourself how far you have ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 400 words.)
Based in Chiang Mai, Mark Ord has been travelling Southeast Asia for over two decades and first crossed paths with Travelfish on Ko Lipe in the early 1990s.
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