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  • Wat Chom Sawan
    3.5 stars

    This beautiful wat was built by a group of Shan teak workers in the early 20th century. It is regarded as one of the best wats of its kind remaining in Thailand. A very simple building set at the centre of a grassy enclosure, Wat Chom Sawan is a refreshing change from the more ornate and rambling ... read more

  • Wat Sa Bor Keaw
    3.5 stars

    This attractive Burmese-style wat set beside a towering CAT tower is best known for its pagoda. The unusual sprawling front veranda and the multi-tiered, staggered roof make this a refreshingly different site to visit. The golden-coloured, umbrella-shaded statue out front and the gleaming white ... read more

  • Vongburi House
    3.5 stars

    This large two-storey teak mansion was built in 1897 for a family that held a large teak concession in the area. The house has remained in the family ever since. The beautiful house is a living museum, full of fascinating relics of the past, with some items labelled in English and Thai. Of ... read more

  • Wat Luang
    3.5 stars

    Phrae's most ancient temple probably dates to the 11th or 12th century. The complex houses a large Lanna-style chedi, usually draped in Thai-Lue silk, while the main viharn contains a revered Chiang Saen-style Buddha figure. While Wat Luang is one of the oldest wats in Phrae, it wasn't looking ... read more

  • Wat Hua Khuang
    3 stars

    Set at the rear of the old town, Wat Hua Khuang is notable for its towering brick and stucco stupa at its rear. Compared to nearby Wat Luang, Wat Hua Khuang is a far better looked after affair but aside from the impressive stupa, this is an otherwise unremarkable site. It does fit in well with a ... read more

  • Wat Phra That Chaw Hae
    4 stars

    Located nine kilometres out of town in Chaw Hae district, this temple is highly revered by Buddhists from all over Thailand. Its gilded chedi, built in the Chiang Saen style, is said to house the hair and left elbow relics of the Lord Buddha himself. Aside from the sacred chedi, the viharn ... read more

  • Phae Mueang Phi Park
    3 stars

    Erosive forces over centuries have created this natural attraction about 18 kilometres outside town, which includes several mushroom-shaped boulders. Nicknamed the Grand Canyon of Phrae, locals are still somewhat superstitious regarding the site, and its name essentially translates to City of ... read more

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