Phayao town sits on the shores of Phayao Lake.

Phayao (พะเยา) is a city in the Northern River Valleys of Northern Thailand, about 700 km from Bangkok and 100km northeast of Chiang Mai.


Surrounded by mountains and valleys, Phayao sits in a peaceful, though modestly developed, area. The town was the centre of an independent city state until it was folded into the Lannathai kingdom in the mid-14th century.

The modern town covers most of the eastern shore of Phayao Lake.

Get in

Buses run regularly from Bangkok's northern bus terminal (Mo Chit). The north's hubs of Lampang and Chiang Mai also have regular buses. The nearest railway stations are in Lampang and Chiang Mai.

Get around

There are tuk-tuks at the bus station.


The lake and its fishers are a relaxing sight.



A long stretch of cheap (roughly 50 baht) night eateries starts about 200m from the bus station. Buy (and open) beer at the 7-Eleven across the road and take it to your stall of choice.



Go next

Routes through Phayao

Chiang Rai  N  S  Lampang Bangkok

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