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Exploring town

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You can spend a pleasant half hour -- or an hour if you add in a coffee stop -- wandering around the little town of Phrao.

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You’ll get plenty of smiles from the locals who see few foreigners in these parts.

The market’s worth a look and the town’s stately wat, Kang Wiang, merits a photo or two. The main worshipping hall is huge, tastefully decorated and surrounded by the mature trees of the small temple grounds, while behind the hall is an attractive old chedi.

There’s a couple of juice and coffee stalls near the permanent market and you’ll probably see a few Lisu women in town in their traditional finery.

On Monday mornings the weekly market sets up on a vacant plot opposite the police station. It’s the usual colourful affair with people from the Lisu ethnic tribe living in the surrounding hills plus other villagers from the surrounding valley converging to sell, buy and catch up on the latest gossip.

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