11 places to visit in Phayao Province

Phayao is a city with a peaceful and simple way of life. It is well-known for its beautiful natural surroundings, particularly the romantic morning fog at Phu Langka Resort. The city also has a unique culture and architecture, particularly its temples with strange designs that are worth visiting. Overall, Phayao is an attractive destination for travelers who want to experience the beauty of nature and unique culture firsthand.

Pong District

Magic Mountain

Magic Mountain Cafe is a famous coffee shop located at Phu Langka Resort that offers a stunning view of the sea of mist covering the mountains. The view is similar to Phu Lang Ka Resort, but there is another angle on the side that allows visitors to see the sea of mist in all its glory. The cafe is especially popular among tourists at this time, and if you’re visiting Phu Langka Resort, it’s a must-see destination. The best time to visit is in the morning around 6.30 – 08.30, when the sun is rising and starting to shine on the sea of mist.

Phu Langka Forest Park

Phu Langka Forest Park is a great destination for nature lovers and hikers, located in the Chiang Kham and Pong Districts of Phayao Province. The park is known for its complex mountain peaks, which provide a beautiful winter scenery, including popular viewpoints like Doi Phu Lang Ka and Doi Phu Nom where you can see the sunrise and sunset as well as the winter mist. To get to the park, you can take the Four View car and then walk about 800 meters to reach the viewpoints. You can contact the park in advance to arrange transportation.

How to get there : From the city of Phayao, take Highway No. 1092, Phayao-Pong Road, a distance of 104 kilometers. When reaching Chiang Kham District, continue for about 3 kilometers along Highway No. 1148 and turn left to the north for another 12 kilometers to reach the forest park. the Car routes in the forest park It is a steep and narrow dirt road up the hill. Ordinary cars can only come up to the natural classroom. To reach the top of the mountain, a 4-wheel drive vehicle is required.

Travel time:    winter

Facilities: At present, Phu Langka Forest Park There are about 5 tourist houses on the top of the mountain with bathrooms and a camping ground for service. Visitors can bring their own tents and camping equipment. lighting equipment Because on the top of the mountain there is no electricity, including food and drink. 

Mueang District 

Sri Khom Kham Temple

Wat Sri Khom Kham is located in Muang District, Phayao Province, close to Phayao Lake. It is a temple that is invaluable to the city of Phayao. There is a temple built in Lanna style with a beautiful gable. Inside the temple Phra Chao Ton Luang, large bronze Buddha image in subduing Mara which is respected by Phayao people and tourists who pass by in Phayao often put Wat Sri Khom Kham as the main destination that must be visited when visiting Phayao.

Kwan Phayao

Kwan Phayao is a large freshwater lake located in the heart of Phayao city, surrounded by beautiful mountain scenery. It is a popular tourist attraction and the center of Phayao locals’ activities, with many restaurants and hotels in the area. One of the main highlights of Kwan Phayao is the Naga statues located in the middle of the lake, facing each other. Visitors can take a boat tour to see Wat Tilok Aram and Wat Klang Nam, which are unique to Phayao. It is a must-see destination when visiting the city.

Wat Tilok Aram

Wat Tilok Aram, located in Kwan Phayao in the Phayao municipality, is a royal temple that dates back to the reign of King Tilokarat, the ninth Lanna king of the Mangrai dynasty. Today, most of the temple is submerged under the water of Kwan Phayao. However, the top part of the relics can still be seen above the water because in 1939, the Department of Fisheries built a water gate that caused the Ing River and its tributaries, which flow down from the Phi Pan Nam mountain range, to overflow and flood the ancient community of Nong Iang, creating the freshwater lake known as Kwan Phayao. As a result, many temples, ancient sites, and ancient communities were submerged under the water. Visitors to Kwan Phayao can take a boat tour to see Wat Tilok Aram and Wat Klang Nam.

Wat Analayo Thipphayaram

Wat Analayo Thipphayaram is a temple located on Doi Topsarakam, known for its beautiful and unique architecture. It features a variety of structures such as an arch, viharn, and a replica of the Bodhgaya pagoda. The temple also has several images of Buddha in various poses, including an Emerald Buddha made of gold housed in a Chinese pavilion. The atmosphere at the temple is peaceful and shaded, surrounded by lush greenery. From the top of the mountain, visitors can also enjoy views of Kwan Phayao and the city of Phayao.

Mon Sam Khian 

Mon Sam Khian Farm Stay is a unique and stylish accommodation located in a quiet, private forest setting. It features a triangular, dark wooden house with two large connecting houses and a corridor. The surrounding teak forest adds to the feeling of being in the middle of a big forest, making it a great choice for a secluded vacation or a getaway with friends and family. The farm stay also has a beautifully designed cafe on site, making it a great place to admire the design and decoration while taking a break.

Ban Ton Tao

Ban Ton Tao coffee & food is a small cafe and accommodation located in Ban Bua, Phayao Province. It features a charming white wooden house with a contemporary design, surrounded by shady green trees and the sound of a cool stream. The cafe offers a range of local-style dishes, drinks, and desserts, making it a great spot to relax and spend the day. If you enjoy cafe hopping and appreciate unique, rustic design, be sure to visit Ban Ton Tao during your trip to Phayao.

Chiang Kham District

Wat Phra Nang Din

Wat Phra Nang Din is a temple located in Phayao Province that is known for its main Buddha image, which cannot be lifted from its base. According to legend, when villagers tried to lift the image and place it on a pedestal, it remained stubbornly on the ground and the sky even struck the temple three times. The image has since remained on the ground and is now enshrined at Wat Phra Nang Din. The temple can be reached by taking Highway 1148 south for 4 kilometers from Chiang Kham District.

Wat Nantaram

Wat Nantaram is a temple located in Ban Don Chai in the municipality of Chiang Kham Sub-district, Phayao Province. It is known for preserving the Thai Yai style of temple art, which includes beautiful woodwork and intricate patterns. The roof is made of thatch, pellets or wooden tiles. Inside the viharn, there is a pagoda in the Thai Yai style, as well as a museum with old banknotes, ancient utensils, and ancient pattern fabrics. The sanctuary also has a brass pulpit with delicate patterns, replicating the throne of Burma, and stained glass ornaments on the ceiling. The temple is open to visitors from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Phu Sang National Park

Phu Sang National Park is located in Phu Sang District, Phayao Province and is known for its abundance of forests and diverse wildlife. One of the main attractions of the park is Un Phu Sang Waterfall, a single-level waterfall that falls about 25 meters into a basin below. The water of Phu Sang Waterfall is unique in that it is warm, with a temperature of around 35 degrees Celsius. The waterfall is fed by the water flowing down from the Doi Pha Mon Mountains and has clear, clean water. Visitors can take a dip in the pool at the base of the waterfall and enjoy the refreshing and warm water.