Phu Chi Fa viewpoint is located approximately 2 hours by car from Chiang Rai. On a 125cc scooter, that’s about 3-4 hours of driving, not including stops, and when you get lost it can be as long as 7 or 8. We got lost. We did end up finding a beautiful waterfall- Phu Sang – and met some locals while we waited out the torrential downpour that struck out of nowhere but when we finally found accommodations near the viewpoint, we were extremely grateful and relieved.
The next day we were up at 3:30am, ready to make our way to the top of the mountain, and the viewpoint, and watch the sunrise. Up a winding road in the dark, through the fog and eventually the clouds we had to drive before parking and making the climb to the top on foot. While we never did get to see the sun through the fog, the view looking out at the mountains of Laos was still amazing. At 1628 m above sea level, the viewpoint lies on the border of Thailand and Lao and this post marks the border-line. On the one side we were standing in Laos, and on the other we were in Thailand. So while we still plan to officially visit Laos, we can technically say we’ve already been!