Phayao Province Travel Guide

Resting in the north of Thailand and bordering with Phrae, Nan, Chiang Rai and Lampang provinces as well as the Laos province of Xaignabouli, Phayao is a medium sized mountainous province whose main attraction is the largest freshwater lake in the north, Phayao Lake. The picturesque lake is surrounded by three mountains: Doi Luang (1,697m), Doi Khun Mae Tam (1,330m) and Doi Khun Mae Fat (1,550m).

The province has an interesting cultural mix, having passed hands between Burmese, Laotian and Thai rulers over the centuries, with Chiang Kham home to many Thai Lue people. Phayao also has a fascinating mix of Buddhist temples, with Wat Si Khom Kham and Wat Si Umong Kham being highlights, and the popular Doi Phu Nang National Park.

Drawing mainly Thai tourists and a handful of foreigners, Phayao’s tourist infrastructure is basic, with Phayao town having a selection of hotels while the rest of the province has home stay options. The province is linked by road to Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai.

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