Established in 1096, Phayao was once a kingdom, an independent state, before becoming part of the Lanna Kingdom in the 14th century. However, during Myanmar's occupation, this land was abandoned and fell within the border of Chiang Rai province. It was not until 1977 that Phayao was separated from Chiang Rai to become its province. 

Image 1: Phayao region Today, Phayao is known as a peaceful city surrounded by beautiful natural landscapes and a mild climate. 

From the riverbanks to tree-lined streets or lakeside views, they can all be transformed into perfect places to relax and plan for an exploration of the northern region of the "Land of the Golden Pagoda". Furthermore, this place is also known as the "Land of Ancient Flavors." When visiting here, it is not difficult for tourists to come across ancient wooden houses or encounter ethnic tribes that have preserved their traditional way of life since ancient times. 

Image 2: Phayao - "Land of Ancient Flavors" Kwan Phayao, the largest swamp in northern Thailand, is considered the city's symbol. 

It is a popular and ideal spot for outdoor activities and to "listen" to the gentle rays of the setting sun reflecting on the lake's surface. At this time, the small city exudes a peaceful and relaxing atmosphere, despite the bustling and lively activities of bars, restaurants, and nightclubs along Chai Kwan Road, running alongside the lake. 

Image 3: Beautiful picturesque scenery of Kwan Phayao Lake 

In addition, history lovers also come to Phayao to visit Wat Phra That Chom Thong, a temple where cremation ceremonies are held, and to pay homage to Queen Hua Chiang Saen Cleopatra, one of the most talented and influential women in Thai history. Moreover, the story of love that contributed to the "immortality" of the revered queen and her husband, Phaya Ngam Mueang, adds to the dreamlike and romantic ambience of this place, leaving lasting impressions on the footsteps of travelers. 

Image 4: Queen Hua Chiang Saen Cleopatra and her husband, Phaya Ngam Mueang.


Hanah Q