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  • Wat Chom Sawan
    3.5 stars

    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 Thai temples. Those familiar with temples in Burma will feel comfortably at home here. Within, note the towering teak pillars with the chandeliers dangling ... read more

  • Wat Sa Bor Keaw
    3.5 stars

    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 construction to the left of the main compound make it all the more memorable a place to ... read more

  • Vongburi House
    3.5 stars

    The beautiful house is a living museum, full of fascinating relics of the past, with some items labelled in English and Thai. Of particular interest are documents related to the purchase of slaves and photos of the matriach. It is a shame there are not more comprehensive English labels, but there ... read more

  • Wat Luang
    3.5 stars

    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 all that well loved when we last visited, when the overall site felt ... read more

  • Wat Hua Khuang
    3 stars

    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 walking tour of Phrae, so take a look -- just watch out for the nutty dog that lives opposite and exists only ... read more

  • Wat Phra That Chaw Hae
    4 stars

    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 contains many beautiful murals and Buddha images, and really should not be missed. If you time things just right, the Phra That ... read more

  • Phae Mueang Phi Park
    3 stars

    Nicknamed the Grand Canyon of Phrae, locals are still somewhat superstitious regarding the site, and its name essentially translates to City of Ghosts. Though the area is a far cry from anything that can truly be described as a canyon, it does make for a nice morning or afternoon trip, and ... read more

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