Doi Inthanon Superintendent to Assist Man Walking to Mountain in Memory of Girlfriend
CityNews – The Superintendent of Doi Inthanon has promised to help assist the man who has walked the length of Thailand, spending nearly a year on his journey, to honour his late girlfriend’s wish to visit Thailand’s highest mountain. However, he has refused to allow the man to spread the ashes of his girlfriend on the mountain top, citing inappropriateness due to sacredness.
Following a story of Sakchai Supantamart, 39, who has spent nearly a year walking from Trang Province to Chiang Mai in order to keep a promise he made to his departed girlfriend to take her to Doi Inthanon, the superintendent of Doi Inthanon National Park released a statement on the matter today.
The park has refused to allow Sakchai to spread his girlfriend’s ashes on the mountain top as the location is sacred. At the top of the mountain stands a pagoda of the 7th ruler of Lanna, King Inthawichayanon, as well as the Great Holy Relics Pagoda Nabhapolbhumisiri of the late King Rama IX and Her Majesty Queen Regent Sirikit. The superintendent stated that Doi Inthanon is also a water source and if Sakchai was allowed to spread his girlfriend’s ashes, others might followed.
Sakchai’s pets, two dogs and one cat, strays he picked up along his odessy, are also banned from entering the park for disease prevention but the officer will be looking after them at the check point when Sakchai enters the premises. He will also be asked to leave his cart at the checkpoint for safety concerns. The superintendent stated that he will personally take care of Sakchai’s trip in Doi Inthanon including his accommodation and welfare while showing him around the park.
It is estimated that Sakchai will arrive at the checkpoint of Doi Inthanon National Park this evening.
Note: His partner who was previously reported as his wife is corrected to his girlfriend.