Phayao is a quiet province in Northern Thailand. Although not a well-known tourism destination, Phayao serves as something of a crossroads sharing borders with Chiang Rai, Nan, Phrae, and Lampang provinces, as well as an international border with Laos across the Mekong River

Naga Statues at Phayao Lake

Phayao Lake

The capital city, also called Phayao, is situated on Phayao Lake. This is the 4th largest lake in Thailand, and the largest in Northern Thailand by a significant margin.

While you may be tempted to drive straight through Phayao, the lake is best enjoyed in the evenings and mornings, so it makes a lot of sense to stay here overnight. There are hotels and restaurants lake-side and their is a buzz of activity around sunset.

Where to stay in Phayao?

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M2 Hotel Waterside

Short walk to lakeside restaurants.

Phayao Tour Itineraries

Transport Services in Phayao

If you plan to travel to Phayao independently, there is a regular bus service from Chiang Mai. and some charter taxi services from other northern cities such as Chiang Rai and Lampang.

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