Winter is here, officially

Winter is here, officially

Tourists gather at dawn at Phu Chi Fah in Phayao province to view the famous sea of clouds (Source: Wikipedia)
Tourists gather at dawn at Phu Chi Fah in Phayao province to view the famous sea of clouds (Source: Wikipedia)

As cool weather arrives, travel plans to cool places in northern Thailand are being made. Doi Inthanon hit 8 degrees celsius at the peak.


Winter is here, officially

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Winter has officially began.

The government Meteorological Department made an official announcement on Monday. 

Thailand entered the winter season on Sunday as the temperature in the North and Northeast has continuously dropped.

The amount of rain and its intensity has also dropped.

The famous sea of clouds at Pu Chi Fah at sunrise or dawn (Source: Wikipedia)


"Winter is Coming" is a motto in the popular TV Series Game of Thrones, meaning it is time to prepare for cold snowy weather that makes life hard and difficult.

Quite the opposite in Thailand where "Winter is Coming" means time to take a vacation and enjoy the cool weather in the northern part of Thailand.

Vacation plans will be made to travel to cooler places in Thailand such as Doi Inthanon, Phu Chi Fa in Phayao to view the sea of clouds or Mae Sai, Chiang Rai, Thailand's northernmost point that receives chilly winds from the Shan foothills of Myanmar and Yunnan, China.


With the beginning of winter tourists flocked to see a sea of mist on Doi Inthanon in Chiang Mai, the country's highest mountain, on Monday morning.

The average temperature was 12.8 degrees Celsius while the mercury read a cool 8 degrees at the mountain’s peak.

Panoramic view of the famous sea of clouds at Phu Chi Fah (Source: Wikipedia)


Weather in the Central Plains and the East would be colder later while the South would still experience abundant rain.

The meteorological department last week forecast the lower Northeast would be colder than in the past two years from November to February.

Screenshot of Thai-Burma border & Burmese side of border. taken from Doi Waew in video below (Source: YouTube)


People planning their trips to the North have been forced to wait as the Department of National Parks’s (DNP's) online booking system for accommodation at parks nationwide has been down for the third consecutive day.

After the announcement that winter has begun, many holidaymakers apparently rushed to book tents and bungalow style accommodation in the northern national parks to experience the chilly weather causing its online reservation service to crash on Saturday due to high traffic volume.  

The DNP has extended the payment period for those who have booked accommodation. In a Facebook post on Monday, the agency asked the public to follow an announcement on the matter on Wednesday.

The steep cliff at Phu Chi Fah that people watch the sunrise from (Source: Wikipedia)

Maesai panoramic (Source: Wikipedia)

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  • abundant: more than enough - มากมาย
  • accommodation: a place for someone to stay, live, or work - ที่พัก
  • announcement: a spoken or written statement that informs people about something - การประกาศ
  • apparently: based only on what you have heard or think, not on what you are certain is true; seemingly - ตามที่ได้รู้มา
  • average: an amount calculated by adding several amounts together, finding a total, and dividing the total by the number of amounts - เฉลี่ย, ค่าเฉลี่ย
  • book: to buy a ticket in advance; to arrange to have or use something on a particular date in the future - จอง
  • booking (noun): buying a ticket in advance; to arrange to have or use something on a particular date in the future - การจองล่วงหน้า,การจอง
  • bungalow: a house built all on one level, without stairs - บังกะโล, เรือนไม้ชั้นเดียว
  • chilly (adj.): cool enough to be unpleasant, but not really cold - เย็นชา
  • consecutive: following one after another in order and with nothing else in between - ที่ต่อเนื่องตามลำดับ
  • continuously: happening or existing for a period of time without interruption - ซึ่งติดต่อกัน, ซึ่งต่อเนื่องกัน
  • cool (adjective): not hot, not very cold - เย็น
  • crash: when a computer or computer program stops working -
  • degree: an amount of something - ระดับ
  • due to: because of - เนื่องจาก
  • experience (verb): to have something happen to you or to live through some event - ประสบ
  • extend: to add more time - ยืดออกไป
  • flock: to go somewhere in large numbers; to gather together in large numbers - แห่กันไป
  • foothills (noun): low mountains or low hills at the bottom of a larger mountain or range of mountains - เนินที่ตีนเขา
  • forecast: a statement about what will happen in the future based on information available now - การพยากรณ์, การคาดการณ์
  • holidaymakers: people on vacations or "holidays" -
  • intensity (noun): strength - ความเข้มข้น
  • meteorological: relating to the study and prediction of the weather - เกี่ยวกับทางอุตุนิยมวิทยา
  • Meteorological Department: the government department in charge of determining what the weather will be in the future - กรมอุตุนิยมวิทยา
  • mist: a cloud of very small drops of water in the air just above the ground, that make it difficult to see - หมอก
  • motto: a short sentence or phrase that expresses a belief or purpose - ภาษิตคำขวัญ
  • national park (noun): a park run by the government of a country - สวนสาธารณะแห่งชาติ, อุทยานแห่งชาติ
  • nationwide: throughout a whole country - ทั่วทั้งประเทศ
  • official: done by people in authority or decided by the government; announced publicly - เป็นทางการ
  • officially: publicly and by somebody who is in a position of authority - อย่างเป็นทางการ
  • online: controlled by or connected to a computer or to the Internet - ออนไลน์, การเชื่อมต่อผ่านระบบเครือข่ายทางคอมพิวเตอร์
  • opposite: a person or thing that is as different as possible from somebody/something else - ตรงกันข้าม
  • peak: the pointed top of a mountain; a mountain with a pointed top - จุดสูงสุด, ยอดสูงสุด
  • plains: a large area of flat land - ที่ราบ
  • popular (adj): a situation in which someone or something is liked by many people - เป็นที่นิยม, เป็นที่ชื่นชอบ
  • prepare (verb): put in order, get ready - เตรียม, เตรียมตัว, เตรียมพร้อม, จัดเตรียม, ตระเตรียม
  • quite: very much -
  • reservation (noun): an arrangement to get something in the future; an arrangement for a seat on a plane or train, a room in a hotel, a ticket for a seat at a sports match, etc. to be kept for you - การจอง
  • rush: to move or do something very quickly - รีบเร่ง, วิ่ง
  • season (noun): a period of time during the year - ฤดูกาล, ช่วงเวลา, ระยะเวลา
  • temperature: a measurement of how hot or how cold a place or object is - อุณหภูมิ
  • throne: a special chair used by a king or queen to sit on at ceremonies - ราชบัลลังก์
  • traffic: the number of cars, trucks and other vehicles traveling along a road at one time; also used for data traveling along a network - การจราจร
  • vacation: holiday; a period of time spent travelling or resting away from home - ลาพักผ่อน, ลาพักร้อน
  • volume (noun): an amount of something - ปริมาณ
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