I was thinking of stopping in Phrao, Chiang Dao, or both, en route to Mae Salong and Laos. As this is the only place I've seen anything on Phrao, I was wondering if anyone could compare the two. I'm guessing Phrao's a lot quieter, but are there enough walks or places to swim for a couple of lazy days? Is it possible to rent a bike? Also, is there public transportation from Phrao to Chiang Dao.
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#1 dvgainer has been a member since 28/3/2006. Posts: 6
Phrao is seriously quieter! It's in a broad rice-paddy filled valley and while it doesn't have the mountainous scenery of Chiang Dao, it is nevertheless very pretty. Doi Farang Bungalows is the place to stay. It is a few km out of Phrao town, so you'll need a motorcycle taxi to get out there (or perhaps call the resort). We had our own motorbike when we visited, so not sure if they have bicycles or not. They had lots of info on treks which included waterfalls from the resort and there is also a small pool on site.
I'd be guessing about Phrao to Chiang Dao transport, at worst you'd need to go to Mae Taeng then change songtheaws for Chiang Dao.
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