Does anyone look for cool places to check-in before the Thai winter is gone? Luckily, today we have 17 Phayao attractions for you to feel the touch of nature at national parks, get the blessing and sightseeing Buddhist art at the famous Buddhist temples, and experience the beauty of the Tai Lue ethnic tribe. So, are you ready for a new adventure? If you are, then let’s go.
The first destination in Phayao you need to visit is Phayao lake, known to locals as Kwan Phayao, the photogenic attraction. Kwan Phayao is not only well known as the lake of the Buddhist faith because of the submerged temple’s historical remnants, but also the biggest freshwater lake in the North of Thailand and the fourth biggest in Thailand. The incomparable atmosphere is beautiful and remarkably worth visiting, especially during the sunset. Enjoying the last light of the day as dusk sets in is quite romantic there.
According to the evidence, Tilok Aram temple was established on the bank of Kwan Phayao at the end of Ban Rong Hai’s ancient settlement. Due to its history, the water erosion destroyed the building and submerged it in the water. The temple has been reconstructed, but the old historical building remains underwater beneath Kwan Phayao. Therefore, the only way to visit this place is by taking a boat trip, which allows the visitors to enjoy the beautiful scenery of Kwan Phayao along the way. That is why Wat Tilok Aram is one of Thailand’s most beautiful submerged temples.
Wat Phra That Chom Thong is located near Kwan Phayao, 3 kilometers from Phayao city center. The temple is situated in the middle of the forest with many interests, such as a greenhouse, relics of Buddha, and the golden 30 meters Lanna-style pagoda. This holy Buddhist sanctuary is well known among the locals as the place of making merits and getting the blessing. From Wat Phra That Chom Thong’s splendid viewpoint, you will see Phayao city center and Kwan Phayao lake from the top.
Pho Khun Ngam Muang monument is the holy memorial of the ninth king of the Phukamyao Kingdom. During his reign, he brought prosperity to his state. He was powerful and a kind-hearted king. Since then, he has gained lots of respect from people until now. Pho Khun Ngam Muang monument is a popular place for locals and visitors to worship and honor his legacy.
Phu Lang Ka Forest Park is the best place to admire the sea of mist in Phayao, especially in winter. It is a popular place among travelers. If you love camping and hiking, well, this is your place. You can hire the 4-wheel vehicle at the national park to go to the gorgeous viewpoint. Otherwise, you can walk on foot to explore beautiful nature and study the ecological system along the nature study route, but it takes some time and a bit of sweat. Trust me, the scenic view is worth it. For those who want to chill out and enjoy the precious perspective of the mountains, many surrounding resorts and homestays are available for you to enjoy the mountain view from your bedroom! This is amazing, isn’t it?
Magic Mountain Café is the place of magic. It gets massive attention from the coffee drinker and travelers because of the Phu Langka signature view but from the different perspectives of the Phu Langka resort. Visiting the café will make you forget about the hustle and noise of the city but linger on the hot coffee in the morning and the splendid spacious sea of mist. It is recommended to visit Magic Mountain Café around 6.30-8.30 am. to watch the sea of mist reflect with the first light of the day.
Phu Sang National Park is the perfect naturopathy landmark for wellness retreats because of its abundant natural resources. The dense forest inhabits precious plants and animals, making you relax amid nature. The star of the national park is Phu Sang waterfall, the hot spring originating from the mountain, Doi Pha Mon. You can soak in the clear emerald warm water with the beautiful natural scenery. The highlight of the waterfall is the all-year-round 33 Celsius warm steam as the average temperature. So peaceful and relaxing.
For nature lovers, Doi Phu Nang National Park is a must-visit destination. More than 500,000 rai or 800 square meters of the mixed forest undoubtedly draws attention to the travelers who want to escape the chaos of the city. This National Park is a virgin forest. It features fascinating ecological diversity worth exploring, including the Tham Yai Pha Tang cave, Than Sawan waterfall, and Huai Ton Pueng waterfall. Doi Phu Nang National Park is also home to peacocks.
Wat Si Khom Kham, known as Wat Phra Chao Ton Luang, was given by the locals because of its high respect in Phayao and its long history with the Lanna Kingdom. The temple situated the largest Buddha image of the Lanna Kingdom, Phra Chao Ong Luang, the signature Buddha image of the Lanna Kingdom and Phayao. In May, there is a ceremony to pay homage to Phra Chao Ton Luang, called the full moon of the eighth lunar month Phra Chao Ong Luang ceremony. The ceremony has many fun activities for the visitors to try on! So, if you plan to take a tour in Phayao during May, do not forget to pay a visit to Wat Si Khom Kham.
Wat Nantaram is the splendor Thai Yai-style temple. The sanctuary is entirely made of traditional Thai teak wood carving patterns. In the temple, there is also a museum that exhibits old banknotes, ancient Thai textiles, antique tools and utilities, and ancient paintings about Mahajati preaching in each chapter. Another unforgettable highlight of the sanctuary is the elegant golden carving pulpit. It is replicated from the Burmese throne. Visiting Wat Nantara will not be disappointed because you will be amazingly shocked by the beauty of Thai wood carving art. So, whenever you are in Phayao, do not forget to spend some time at Wat Nantaram.
Wat Phra Nang Din is one of the famous Buddhist temples in Phayao because of its lore. A long time ago, the locals built the Buddhist sculpture and the plaster base, known as the Chukchi base in Thai. However, although they tried many attempts, the statue cannot be lifted onto the plaster base. That is why they called this statue Phra Chao Nang Din, which means the Buddha image seated on the ground. The uniqueness of the sculpture gives the name to the temple, Wat Phra Nang Din.
Mae Puem National Park consists of 2 provinces, Chiang Rai and Phayao. It is also the origin of 2 main rivers, Mae Keaw and Mae Puem River, which established Mae Puem Reservior. The distinctive feature of the National Park is that you will be surrounded by nature, green grassland, high mountains, and wide rivers. As if you can feel the silence of nature. There are full accommodations and facilities for camping and picnicking near the riverside. If you want to feel the cold breeze of winter, you should check out Mae Puem National Park.
It can be said that Doi Luang and Doi Nok are the heavens for the trekkers because, on the mountain top, you will experience a 360-degree panorama view of the entire Phayao, including Kwan Phayao lake, Phayao city center, Amphoe Wang Thong, and green forest. During winter, the marvelous sea of mist can be admired in the morning. In addition, there is a pagoda on the top of the mountain known as Chedi Phra That Doi Nok. Phayao, Lampang, and Chiang Rai locals highly visit the sacred sanctuary to get blessings.
The next stop is Mae Tam Reservoir, one of the Royally Initiated Projects on water resource management. It settles in Amphoe Mueang Phayao and Dok Khamtai. The reservoir carried 37 million cubic meters of water with a length of 1,800 meters, the vastest pool in Northern Thailand. Mae Tam Reservoir is a great place to watch the sunset because of the peaceful atmosphere and the touch of the surrounding mountain and grassland, giving you a romantic vibe to hang out with.
We have already shown you many places for nature lovers and the important Buddhist temples, but it is time for photography lovers. Phuklong Hill vineyard is not just an ordinary vineyard but also an all-in-one attraction. It features flower gardens, a waterpark, resorts, and a restaurant, offering many activities for visitors. This vineyard is a great photography spot in winter because it is decorated with colorful flowers on every corner. If you like to take pictures and post them on social media, add Phuklong Hill vineyard to your Phayao must-visit places list. Oh! Do not forget to try fresh grape juice and buy some freshly harvested organic vegetables from the vineyard.
At Mae Sang Da Tai Lue House Museum, you will feel the scent of Tai Lue culture everywhere since you step in. The traditional wooden architecture design of museums and houses is conserved in its original condition, and the Tai Lue villagers wear beautiful conventional clothes. Their goal is to preserve community heritage for future generations. There is also a learning center for cotton weaving and studying the Tai Lue culture. For any travelers who come to Phayao and want some handmade souvenirs, you should come to visit the Mae Sang Da Tai Lue House Museum. You can help the tribe conserve their heritage by supporting community products and learning about the Tai Lue tribe.
Analayo temple, also known as Wat Analayo Tipyaaraam (Thai: วัดอนาลโยทิพยาราม, wát à-naa lá-yoh típ yaa raam), is located on Doi Butsarakham mountain. The temple’s uniqueness is the novel architecture, starting at the arched entrance, sanctuary, Buddhist images, the replicate Bodh Gaya pagoda, Guan Yin (the Goddess of Mercy and Compassion) shrine, the golden replicates of Emerald Buddha Hall, and many other buildings. The temple’s spacious area and a shady green dense forest give a pleasant atmosphere to visitors. From the viewpoint of the mountaintop, you can enjoy the scenic view of Kwan Phayao and Phayao city center from a high angle.
If you are visiting Phayao province, we recommend visiting Kwan Phayao Lake, Phu Lang Ka Forest Park with the Magic Mountain Café, Wat Nantaram Thai-Yai-style temple, which you can rarely see nowadays, Doi Phu Nang Nature Park, Doi Luang Phayao Mountain and Analayo Temple.
You can stick to the previous recommendations, but check out Phu Klong Hill. This place has a water park with water slides, a sheep farm, vineyards and strawberry fields where you can harvest your crops, a cafe with sweet desserts among numerous lushly blooming flowerbeds, and sculptures of fairy tale characters and pedal boats.
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