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Phayao - พะเยา

Phayao is 876km from Amnat Charoen, 589km from Ang Thong, 620km from Ayutthaya, 691km from Bangkok, 927km from Buriram, 516km from Chainat, 655km from Chaiyaphum, 220km from Chiang Mai, 94km from Chiang Rai, 715km from Kalasin, 382km from Kamphaeng Phet, 638km from Khon Kaen, 776km from Korat, 131km from Lampang, 201km from Lamphun, 588km from Loei, 557km from Lopburi, 543km from Mae Hong Son, 711km from Mahasarakham, 881km from Mukdahan, 176km from Nan, 936km from Nakhon Phanom, 448km from Nakhon Sawan, 635km from Nong Bua Lamphu, 804km from Nong Khai, 489km from Phetchabun, 379km from Phichit, 319km from Phitsanulok, 141km from Phrae, 751km from Roi Et, 843km from Sakon Nakhon, 624km from Saraburi, 549km from Singburi, 337km from Sukhothai, 974km from Surin, 304km from Tak, 920km from Ubon Ratchathani, 753km from Udon Thani, 497km from Uthai Thani, 214km from Uttaradit and 822km from Yasothon.

Phayao Province is in Northern Thailand and shares borders with Nan, Phrae, Lampang and Chiang Rai. In the north-east it borders Xaignabouli of Laos.

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Phayao Tourist Attractions

Kwan Phayao Lake

The lake is a man made lake and underneath is Wat Tilok Aram which dates back to the end of the 15th century.

Mae Puem National Park

Doi Ngam Doi Ngam or Doi Hua-ngom is a mesa with flatlands on the mountaintop (similar to Phu Kra-dueng). When standing on the mountaintop, you can watch a beautiful sunrise and sunset, as well as the scenery of mountains.

Doi Phu Nang National Park

The geographical features of the National Park consist of high mountains, extending northwards. Meanwhile, Mae-yom Forest and Nampi Forest consist of high mountains extending like a horseshoe, as well as a low-lying land of Chiang-muan District situated in the middle of the two forests.

Phu Sang National Park

Phu Sang National Park located in Phu Sang District, Phayao province and Thoeng District, Chiang Rai province. The 284.8 km2 Park is watershed of many streams in Phayao, comprises of hill evergreen, deciduous and dipterocarp forest.

Phayao Wats & Temples

Phayao much like the rest of Thailand has many Temples and Wats, here are a few that you can visit, Wat Ananlayo, Wat Li, Wat Phrachao Nang Din, Wat Phra That Chomthong, Wat Phrathat Khing Kaeng, Wat Phra That Sop Waen, Wat Saen Mueang Ma, Wat Si Umong Kham, Wat Tha Fa Tai and Wat Si Khom Kham

Namtok Champa Thong Waterfall

Chiang Kham

Phayao is home to many Thai Lue people, in November there is the Nang Nopphamas beauty contest, floating of Yi Peng lanterns at the Phayao Lake, cultural performances, Thai Lue parade, sales of OTOP products, and a light and sound performance.

Thai Lue Cultural Centre

Thai Lue Cultural Centre is located at Wat Yuan. The Thai Lue people are peaceful, diligent, patient, and conservative in their culture and traditions such as costumes, housing style, culinary matters, etc. This centre has been established to display the pieces of arts and culture, especially the colourful and elaborately designed Thai Lue fabrics in various patterns such as Lai Dok Kho Khruea, Lai Dok Kho, Lai Ma and Lai Dok Tang, as well as, to professionally train the Thai Lue people.

Ban Huak

Five kilometres from the Phu Sang waterfall is a village on the Thai-Laotian border. On the 10th and 30th of every month, Ban Huak hold a bazaar for Thais and Laotians to trade and barter their products.

Ban Tham Indigenous Cultural Centre

This cultural centre is about 15 kilometres from the district town of Dok Khamtai on the way to Chiang Muan district. It has a large collection of native agricultural tools and implements as well as ancient objects from which the cultural lifestyle of the Lanna people in the past can be studied. One kilometre before the Centre is a park shaded by large trees with caves of hanging and protruding rock deposits.

Ban Rong Hai Ancient Site

It is a large ancient settlement by Kwan Phayao, while some of its remains are located underwater of Kwan Phayao. From the evidence of the sandstone Buddha images and fragments of an inscription discovered, it is assumed to age around 500 years. This community is also a place where the local intellect, lifestyles, and relationship with Kwan Phayao have been passed on until the present time.

Phayao Fresh-water Fishery Station

The Phayao Fresh-water Fishery Station, on Highway No. 1 in town, is the first facility in the world to successfully breed Pla Buk, the giant catfish. There is an aquarium displaying many species of fish and waterplants. Open during official working hours.

You can also visit the Phra Tamnak Kwan Phayao and Phayao Fresh-water Fishery Station.

Ho Watanatham Nithat

Next to Wat Si Koam Kam is Ho Watanatham Nithat. The indigenous museum deals with the history and ancient relics of Phayao, including native culture and traditions and creativity. Open Wednesday-Sunday from nine in the morning to four in the afternoon.

Kaeng Luang Dinosaur Forest Park

Kaeng Luang Dinosaur Forest Park is at Mu 7, Ban Nong Klang, Ban Mang Sub-district. There are fossils of a Sauropod dinosaur, which is a large kind of herbivorous dinosaur with a long neck, long tail, and walked using 4 legs. The fossilized bones of the dinosaur discovered are at least 15 metres long, with a weight of more than 100 tonnes, and a height of more than 100 feet. It is estimated to have lived not less than 130 million years ago and is considered as a piece of world historical evidence.
Moreover, the evolution of human beings can be traced from the fossils of an ape aged 15 million years. It can be considered as an origin of humankind.

Pang Kha Royal Project and Development Centre

Pang Kha Royal Project and Development Centre is situated at Pang Kha Village, Pha Chang Noi Sub-district. The area of the centre comprises mountains and rises with a height of 1,000-1,300 metres above sea level. The demonstration plots are open for tourists to visit and study. The activity provided is a visit to the vegetable, flowering plants and fruit plants demonstration plots. The centre also provides accommodation, tents, and sleeping bags. Please contact Tel. 0 5440 1032 for further information.

Phayao Hotels & Guesthouses

Gateway Hotel
7/36 Pratu Klong 2 Rd, (Harinsut), Wiang, Muang, Phayao 56000
Telephone 054-411-333

Phayao Northern Lake Hotel
15/7 Rop Wiang Road (Tel: 0 5448 1538-9 Fax: 0 5448 1973), 76 rooms: 400-1,200 baht

38/7 Ratsamphan Road (Tel: 0 5443 1063), 34 rooms: 80-120 baht

Friend House
424 Tambon Ban Tom (Tel: 0 5448 1556), 12 rooms: 500-1,200 baht

Kwan Phayao Bungalow
11 Phahonyothin Road (Tel: 0 5448 1493), 6 rooms: 250-350 baht

Phayao Hotel
445 Phahonyothin Road (Tel: 0 5448 1971-2 Fax: 0 5443 1973 Bangkok Tel: 0 2322 5393-4 Fax: 321 5768), 80 rooms: 680-840 baht

Siriphan Bungalow
17 Phahonyothin Road (Tel: 0 5443 1319), 22 rooms: 120-270 baht

99 Mu 2 Super Highway Tambon Tha Wang Thong (Tel: 0 5448 1932), 14 rooms: 80-200 baht

Suan Son Bungalow
176 Mu 3 Super Highway (Tel: 0 5443 1571), 22 rooms: 110-280 baht

55-57 Don Sanam Road (Tel: 0 5443 1302, 0 5443 1342, 0 5443 1772 Fax: 0 5448 1256), 124 rooms: 150-400 baht

69 Don Sanam Road (Tel: 0 5443 1205), 34 rooms: 120-260 baht

Rong Ha, Phahonyothin Road, 14 rooms: 120-160 baht

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