Know Before You Go
Phu Chi Fah can be visited by staying at one of the hotels along the way there from Chiang Rai. Get acquainted with the rural roads the previous day so that reaching Phu Chi Fah in the dark is not as daunting. It can also be visited as a one-day trip from Chiang Rai, but that means setting off by 3 a.m. and navigating roads you’ve never been on. Either option requires your own means of transport. Phu Chi Fah can also be reached via public transport, but it is probably a 3-day trip, with the problem of getting to the top before sunrise—possible but difficult.
The last 13 km to Phu Chi Fah are on Road 1093, which branches off from Road 1155 in an easterly direction. Road signs are not clear, so you may have to ask around. From the parking lot, which is also the end of the road, it’s an easy 15-minute hike (if you’re reasonably fit) to the viewpoint. Visit Phu Chi Fah on a weekday for a chance to have the place all for yourself.