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Attractions in Phayao province in Thailand

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The modern provincial capital of Phayao is set beside an attractive mountain-fringed lake on the banks of which are located several interesting sights. Accommodation and other facilities are modest, but offer simple comforts.

A small, peaceful province of mostly hills and valleys, Phayao covers an area of 6,335 square kilometres and lies about 690 kilometres north of Bangkok. It is also conveniently accessible by road from Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai. Phayao was formerly ruled by its own kings, one of whom, King Ngam Mueang, is believed to have assisted his close friend, King Mengrai, in establishing Chiang Mai as the new capital of Lanna in the late 13th century. As with other northern principalities, the most visible reminders of regal connections are the Buddhist temples either built or patronised by former rulers. The modern provincial capital of Phayao is set beside an attractive mountain-fringed lake on the banks of which are located several interesting sights. Accommodation and other facilities are modest, but offer simple comforts.

Kwan Phayao

 

Phra Chao Ton Luang, Wat Si Khom Kham

 

Phra Nang Din

 

Namtok Phu Sang

 

Songkran Festival, Chiang Kham

 

Phayao

 

City attractions in Phayao

Kwan Phayao

This is the largest freshwater lake in the upper North, and its stocks of fish provide a livelihood for many of the local people. The surrounding scenery, particularly at sunset, is stunning. Along the shores of the lake are food shops and recreation areas.

Wat Si Khom Kham

The temple, located on the shore of Kwan Phayao, enshrines the largest Lanna style Buddha image, the seated statue measuring 16 metres high and 14 metres across the lap. It is said that it took 33 years to complete. Celebrations are held here every year in May.

Ho Watthanatham Nithat

Situated next to Wat Si Khom Kham, this folk museum houses exhibits relating to the history, native culture and traditions of Phayao.

Wat Phrathat Chom Thong

Opposite Wat Si Khom Kham and reached by a 1.5 -kilometre uphill road, this attractively sited temple offers panoramic views of the lake and Phayao town.

Fresh-water Fishery Station

Located in town on Highway 1, this is the first facility in the world to successfully breed the giant pla buek catfish. There is an aquarium displaying many species of fish and water plants.

Pho Khun Ngam Mueang Memorial

Situated in a park beside Kwan Phayao, the memorial commemorates the 13th century ruler of Phu Kam Yao, during whose reign the state prospered and expanded its territory. Phu Kam Yao is also famous for the alliance of harmony, loyally and non-aggression that Pho Khun Ngam Mueang forged with King Mengrai of Chiang Mai and King Ramkhamhaeng of Sukhothai.

 

Out of city attractions in Phayao

Wat Analayo

The hilltop temple of Wat Analayo, set in an extensive tree-shaded area about 7 kilometres north of town and a further 9 kilometres along a turn to the left, is noted for its collection of religious-based sculptures by contemporary artists.

Chiang Kham

The district, about 74 kilometres northeast of Phayao town on Highway 1021, is home to many Thai Lue people whose ancestors migrated from Yunnan, in southern China, some 200 years ago. Also interesting is Wat Nantaram, a Burmese-style temple constructed from teak.

Wat Nantaram

An interesting temple in Chiang Kham is Wat Nantaram, a Burmese-style site built entirely with teak. The woodwork on the windows, gables, corridors and other parts are beautifully chiseled in elaborate designs.

Namtok Phu Sang

Namtok Phu Sang is a scenic waterfall about 20 kilometres to the north of the district town of Chiang Kham on Highway No. 1093. The surroundings are still in perfect natural condition. Phu Sang is different than other waterfalls. It is fed by a hot spring on the mountain which flows into the brook before cascading over the rocks.

Namtok Champa Thong

A high waterfall in a beautiful natural setting, Champa Thong is reached by turnoff at Km. 7 along the Phayao-Chiang Rai road.

Doi Phu Nang National Park

This national park is 48 kilometres south of Amphoe Dok Khamtai along Highway No. 1251 and 4 kilometres along an access road. A variety of birds flock here, especially peacocks which come to the park area for breeding from January to March. The park also has a scenic waterfall called Namtok Than Sawan. Camping in the park is possible.

Ban Tham Indigenous Cultural Centre

Located about 15 kilometres from the district town of Dok Khamtai on the way to Chiang Muan district, the centre has a large collection of agricultural implements, as well as ancient artefacts.

 

Shopping in Phayao

Products made from woven water hyacinth fibres are a speciality of Ban San Pa Muang, about 15 kilometres from Phayao town on the way to Wat Analayo. In Chiang Kham, hand-woven cotton is a traditional handicraft of the Thai Lue.

 

 

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