Great spot for a riverside barbecue
Published/Last edited or updated: 27th January, 2016
Around 10 kilometres south of town you’ll see a sign on the left side of the road indicating the turning for Silaphet. Follow this for a short distance and you’ll find yourself in a carpark with a line of cafes to your right. With plenty of barbecued chicken, pork and north Thai sausages on the go and fridges full of soft drinks and beer, this is a prime picnicking spot for locals. We even saw another farang. You can sit in riverside cafes or on the sandy bank of the stream, which is fine for bathing. For a more natural setting, follow the banks upstream a bit and the path soon devolves into sand and rocks, and trees rather than concrete line the watercourse. At most times of year the river is shallow enough to easily wade across and paths continue along both banks if you fancy exploring further. Silaphet is officially part of Doi Phukha National Park – as are the forested hills behind – but there was no ticket desk at time of writing so no entrance fee. (See also our Nan motorbike loop itinerary.)
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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