Phayao or Mueang Phu Kamyao was once a town in the Lanna Thai Kingdom. “Phu Kamyao” or “Phayao” means the Doi Yao or Long Mountain Village, which was established in 1095 by Phokhun Si Chom Tham, a king of the Lua Changkharat Dynasty of the Hiranyanakhon Ngoenyang Chiang Saen.
The town was in the most prosperous period during Phokhun Ngam Mueang’s reign. Later, there were changes in its administration in accordance with the influences of various empires that had ruled over this land. Until the Rattanakosin Period, the name “Phayao” was changed into Phayao and became a part of Chiang Rai province. On 28 August, 1977, it was acclaimed the 72nd province of Thailand.
Phayao is a province that tourists usually overlook and rather pass to travel to Chiang Rai. In fact Phayao also possesses a variety of beautiful and well-known tourist attractions, especially the perfect condition of forests.
They are shady with large trees covering the province’s area. Although there was deforestation in the past, forests have recovered as time has passed.Kwan Phayao is a viewpoint spot to admire the nice sunset during dusk.
Famous fruit of the province with a sweet taste comparable to those of other places is lychee which usually comes out during May. Handicrafts made of water hyacinth in modem designs well reflect the craftsmen’s skills of Ban San Muang. Moreover, there are many national parks with a variety of tourist attractions awaiting for tourists to come and experience.
For example Doi Phu Nang National Park. is a habitat of the largest numbers of peacocks in the North, while the 33C waterfall is located at Phu Sang National Park.
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