Definitely worth a wander
Published/Last edited or updated: 10th October, 2016
If you keep going straight from the crossroads where Route 107 fizzles out into a row of old wooden buildings (so Tha Pae with Auang Kham on your right and Suan Dok Road with Phumanee on your left), you’ll climb a gentle hill through the residential part of town, reaching a spectacular Shan-style wat, Chong Paeng. The large green-roofed temple with gold frills is backed by trees and looks out over Fang town. The original teak structure was entirely destroyed in a fire in 2005, but it has since been rebuilt to match its former glory.
A turn to the right here takes you to another attractive temple, Wat Chom Thor, with a beautiful brick-red coloured worshipping hall and an unusual octagonal shaped chedi. If you want to continue your stroll then a second low and forested hill behind (follow directions for the district, not town, police station), is home to an ancient ruined, possibly Mengrai-period temple, Wat Chedi Udomsin. Brick ruins litter the area while a large chedi is mostly still intact. This is an interesting and tranquil area for a walk, and if you head down the hill to the east, afterwards you can return to your starting point along the 1089 Mae Ai Road, where you’ll pass the town’s morning market and another imposing temple, Wat Thep Amoy, with a stunning gold leaf and teak wiharn.
Based in Chiang Mai, Mark Ord has been travelling Southeast Asia for over two decades and first crossed paths with Travelfish on Ko Lipe in the early 1990s.
These tours are provided by Travelfish partner GetYourGuide.