Plummeting temperatures entice tourists to Doi Inthanon
National park authorities at Thailand’s highest mountain report visitor numbers are rising. Doi Inthanon National Park’s head-ranger told reporters at the weekend the winter’s cooler temperatures had already triggered the customary annual spike in visitors.
Rung Hiranwong explained that gate receipts showed 2,740 tourists entered the park on Friday alone. He carried on by saying the thermometer at the top of the 2,565-metre-high mountain showed 9°C early on Saturday and 16°C at the park’s HQ.
He added that the temperatures would likely keep dropping for the rest of the year and not start climbing again until mid-January at least. 12GO ASIA says the colder than average temperatures for a tropical country are a major draw for Asian tourists during the winter months.
Bathed in swirling fog, Doi Inthanon at this time of year appears almost unearthly. The rare chance of seeing ground frost and winter flowers is an added incentive to make the 90km trip from Chiang Mai. A cluster of guesthouses and resorts near the entrance to the park provide good bases for exploring.
Pattaya authorities say hi-speed wireless internet is now available on the beach and the Beach Road esplanade. Municipal spokesperson Pinit Maneerat told media sources the service was being provided for free under the terms of an agreement reached with CAT Telecom.
Thailand’s Transport Ministry has deferred the opening of bids to build an extension to Bangkok’s suburban Purple Line tracks. The add-on in question is a 23km extension from the current southern terminus at Tao Poon Station to Rat Burana.
Hua Hin’s Vana Nava Waterpark Jungle is set to stage a six-week carnival featuring the characters of Japanese manga cartoon One Piece. The event will begin on Friday the 1 December and conclude on 16 January 2018.