Introduction

Phrae has an overall area of 6,538.6 square kilometers, and is administratively divided into 8 Amphoes (Districts) : Amphoe Muang, Rong Kwang, Wang Chin, Song Long, Sung Men, Den Chai and Nongmuang Khai; located 555 kilometers from Bangkok.

Borders
North : Phayao and Nan
South : Uttaradit
East :   Nan
West : Lampang

From Phrae city of nearby Provinces
- Lampang 109 kms.
- Nan 118 kms.
- Phayao 141 kms.
- Uttaradit 74 kms.

From Phrae city to its districts
- Denchai 24 kms.
- Long 43 kms.
- Nongmuang Khai 18 kms.
- Rong Kwang 29 kms.
- Song 49 kms.
- Sung Men 12 kms.
- Wang Chin 78 kms.

History

Phrae is one of the most ancient cities in Thailand, an old establishment having been founded in the same period as Sukhothai and Chiang Mai. The town was built over 800 years ago, allegedly by Thai Kern and Tai Lue people. It is laced with romance and enchants visitors with the famous love legends called "Phra Lor" and "Phu Chana Sibtid". The former name was Wiang Kosai, which means Silk Cloth.

How to get there

By Bus
The 9-hour journey from Bangkok can be made on air-conditioned coaches and non air-conditioned buses originating from the Northern Bus Terminal on Bangkok's Kamphaeng Phet 2 Rd. (Tel: 936-3667-8 for further details.)

By Rail
The State Railways of Thailand operate daily services from Bangkok's Hualamphong Railway Station, including a popular overnight sleeper to Amphoe Denchai and take a local bus to Phrae, some 20 kms., away. Telephone Bangkok 223-7010 or 226-7020 for further information.

By Car
Take Bangkok-Nakhon Sawan-Phitsanulok-Sukhothai-Sri Satcha Na Lai-Denchai-Phrae Highway for 592 kms.

By Air
Thai Airways  (Tel: Bangkok / Lan Luang 2800-0100-110, Silom 234-3100-19, Asia Hotel 215-2020) operate daily flights from Bangkok to Phitsanulok-Phrae.

Festivals & Events
Lanna Thai Winter and Red Cross Fair
January
- Trade Fair and Various Entertainment

Prathat Chohae Festival
February
- Traditional Processions and Local Performances
- Various Entertainment

Pha Nang Koy Songkran Festival
April
- Sports and Firework Competition 
- Beauty Contest and Entertainments

Salak Luang Festival
November
Traditional Processions with Colorful Salaks
Local Music and Fancy Dress
- "Salak Luang" and Local Dance Contest (Buddhist Faithful Bring Decorated Gifts to Monks in Processions)

Wiang Kosai Loy Krathong Festival
November
Big Krathong Processions and Beauty Contest Fireworks and Hot Air-Balloon Contests.

Information provided by Tourism Authority of Thailand

(c) 2001 travelthailand.net - Reproduction without permission prohibited.
Web design by B1