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What :

Surrounded on all sides by mountain ranges and dense forests, Phrae was the center of the Thai teak trade for centuries before many of the forests in the area became protected by national parks in the late 20th century.

Ancient defensive walls separate the ancient part of the city from the modern development that’s sprung up in the last decades. In the old city, beautiful traditional Thai houses built from teak rest alongside the colonial style mansions European businessmen built when they came to the region to gain a foot hold in the lucrative teak trade. Several of these homes function as museums and are open travelers on Thailand tours.

Many of the temples in town feature distinct architecture from Laos, Myanmar, ancient Northern Thai kingdoms like Lanna. Wat Luang is a good example of this structural diversity as it’s an ancient temple built in the Lanna style in 829 A.D.

When :

Phrae’s best weather falls between November and January. March to May have the highest temperatures, and rains fall between June and October, resuscitating the wonderful teak forests after the dry season.

Where :

Phrae is the capital of Phrae Province in Northern Thailand. It’s best reached by private vehicle using Thailand’s modern road system.

Who :

With great natural scenery and interesting and diverse architecture Phrae is a great stop for travelers on tours of Thailand as the head north to Chiang Mai.

Appropriate Attire :

Western style clothing is fine in town, but if you’re visiting the many temples in the area remember to cover shoulders, arms, and knees in a sign of modesty while on temple grounds.

Guest Reviews :


Jason & Cindy Burgess - October 2013

My family and I took a two week long tour of Thailand with Easy Tours of Thailand and the trip truly could not have been any better.

Our guide was very personable, knowledgeable, and her English was excellent. In addition to offering a unique and local perspective throughout the tour, we were completely at ease with her and felt that she truly wanted to make our experience the best it could possibly be.

The private driver and vehicle that was set up for us was also excellent. I knew prior to our trip that it would probably be best to reserve this type of service during our travels, but I had no idea how invaluable this ended up being for us. He maneuvered through crowded streets and unexpected roadblocks with ease, and knew which areas to avoid driving through and efficient alternative routes. To top it off, the vehicle was always very clean, air conditioned, and there were cold drinks waiting for us after visiting a site.

The tour itself was completely tailored to what we wanted to see and what our interests are with assistance from their U.S Sales Office prior to arriving in Bangkok. They provided a day by day itinerary for us which was great, but the best part was having the freedom to change things as needed, or make unexpected stops to explore, as the tour unfolded.

I would definitely use this company again if we go back to Thailand.



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