Today was the first day Doi Inthanon National Park reopened after a seven month long closure due to the pandemic.
Queues were forming from as early as 5am as eager tourists stood in line at the entrance to the park in anticipation. A 24 year old woman who came with her boyfriend told CityNews that she was so excited and happy to be one of the first people to get to visit the park after such a long time.
She was planning on visiting Kew Mae Pan Viewpoint at kilometer 42 to see the first rays of sunlight of the day. The temperature was 8 degrees celcius when we talked to her and she said that this will be the first time seeing the sunrise up Thailand’s highest peak with her own eyes, after seeing so many photographs.
Around 300 tourists, mostly Thai, were there this morning. There were, however, some foreign tourists, including a group of six French visitors who had rented motorbikes from the city to drive up the mountain as well as Dutch and Polish tourists who were on guided tours.