While Pae Mueng Pee Prae is an internationally famous site of natural rock formations, the neighboring province of Payao also has the same kind of eroded features at Fang Ta part of Doi Phu Nang National Park. Compared to Pae Mueng Pee, Fung-Ta is significantly smaller yet the natural surroundings are peculiarly alluring. The site looks similar to a giant wall or cliff, noticeable from afar. There is also a garden in front to shelter you from the heat of the day and a cooling pond to relax by. Fang Ta, known locally as “Fang Ta Chaiyasatan” for its location in Chaiyasatan district, was once a small hill that has been eroded by rainwater to form many curiously shaped pillars. The height of the pillars is approximately 25 meters and they cover over three Rais of land. From afar, the place looks like a giant wall where tourists can enjoy the beautiful view from the top. Apart from Fang Ta, Doi Phu Nang National Park also offers the mesmerizing Taan Sawan Waterfall and the enjoyable track to Huay Ton Pueng Waterfall. Drive to the center of Chiang Muan District and visit Tai Lue Temple and the first dinosaur museum of the northern region. Then you can also leave for a short trip to continue your journey at Naan or Payao.
How to get there
From Payao, take the Kamtai-Joon road and make a right at public road no. 1251 before reaching Kamtai District. The distance to Chiang Muan District is about 30 kilometers. Take a right 5 kilometers before Chiang Muan District office to Doi Phu Nang National Park Office and continue on to Chaiyasatan village.