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A November 2002 trip to Phayao by markiemark

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Quote: Ninety kilometers south of Chiang Rai, Phayao offers an excellent base for exploring an area dotted with national parks which have been almost completely neglected by western tourists. Phayao Lake is a picturesque spot in the mornings and at sunset. The cultural center gives an excellent insight into local life, both past and present.

More North Thailand; Phayao Province

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Wanting to visit the three national parks in the area; Doi Luang, Doi Phu Nang, and Phu Sang. I decided Phayao was a more convenient base for this than Chiang Rai and it’s also a place that my guidebook completely ignores, so curiosity got the better of me. I had the benefit of a leaflet and map from the Chiang Rai tourist office, so finding a cheap hotel was easy on the main street. Phayao sits on the north-eastern shore of Lake Phayao. Formed from a complex of swamps and low-lying wetlands by the damming of the Ing River in 1941, it’s a picturesque spot in the mornings as the mist rises over the mountains of Doi Luang National Park to the west and fishermen are out in their boats. Similarly, it...Read More

Doi Luang National Park

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Doi Luang National Park Photo, Phayao, Thailand
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About 39km north of Phayao at Phu Kaeng village, a signposted turn-off goes east 9km to Doi Luang National Park headquarters. There is no public transport along this turn-off, so I started to walk, hoping to pick up a lift, which I did after 2km in a police pick-up! Initially, things didn’t look too good at the park--the usual Thai/English communication difficulties. I couldn’t get a map or details of any walking trails, and the campground was overgrown with a pool of stagnant water in the middle of it--mozzie heaven! Things picked up when I went to the visitor centre 1/2km away from the campground. There was a relief map of the park and the surrounding area with roads and trails marked, and I found a...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 25, 2002

Doi Luang National Park
Phayao
Phayao, Thailand

Doi Luang National Park

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Attraction | "Doi Luang National Park; Climbing Doi Luang"

Doi Luang National Park Photo, Phayao, Thailand
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The Route 1282 turn-off from Route 1 to Chiang Mai 10km south of Phayao goes through the range of mountains that form the backbone of Doi Luang National Park. At km 20, there is a viewpoint, a ramped lay-by where you can look down over the Phayao valley - apparently a nice place for sunrise. The 40-minute bus ride (17B) dropped me at the viewpoint, which was not that spectacular; so, wanting to make something of the trip and being surrounded by forested mountains, I looked for a way to get a bit higher...and did I find one! Further up the road, I followed a trail into the forest from opposite the Ban Pak Bok turn-off. This paralleled the road for about 20 minutes, which I spent scampering around ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 25, 2002

Doi Luang National Park
Phayao
Phayao, Thailand

Doi Luang National Park

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Attraction | "Doi Phu Nang National Park"

Doi Luang National Park Photo, Phayao, Thailand
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At a couple of the national parks I’ve visited, I’ve wondered why they are national parks at all! Thailand has well over 100, and it probably looks great to present that fact to tourists. Phu Nang looked as if it’d been created just to boost the numbers! However, looks aren’t everything! It was difficult trying to find out from the staff where there were walking trails into the forest. This wasn’t the first park where I’ve had to keep badgering before someone finally lets on that there is a trail or two - or I’ve gone and found them myself! In national parks, even busy ones like Nam Nao or Phu Kradung, I’ve hardly seen a soul on the trails. Persuading the park staff that I want to walk and not ju...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on December 25, 2002

Doi Luang National Park
Phayao
Phayao, Thailand

Wianglaw Wildlife Santuary

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Attraction | "Wianglaw Wildlife Sanctuary"

Wianglaw Wildlife Santuary Photo, Phayao, Thailand
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Forming a wildlife corridor with the northern part of Phu Nang National Park, Wianglaw was brought to my attention by the Chiang Rai tourist office. It’s a pig to get to, though. I took a 197 bus from Phayao to 5km after Chun, where there is a signposted side road to Wianglaw, another 5km on and no traffic! I managed to hitch a lift in Chun with a pickup full of police officers, who then drove me all the way to the sanctuary entrance! When I got there, the sanctuary staff didn’t know what to do with me. Apparently, it’s not the custom to just turn up as you can at national parks. The manager was phoned and a deal was struck. I wasn’t allowed into the sanctuary without a ranger; I was to pay 150B per d...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 25, 2002

Wianglaw Wildlife Santuary
Chun, Phayao Province
Phayao, Thailand

Mae-Puem National Park

Attraction | "More National Park Butterfly Photos!"

Mae-Puem National Park Photo, Phayao, Thailand
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Having spent quite a bit of my last two months in northern Thailand in national parks, I've taken a lot of photos. I love nature and I love birds, but they're impossible to photograph unless you have a huge telephoto lens and lots of money to get one! Butterflies have given me the opportunity to get some photos of some of the life in the forests - not just the forests, either, as some gorgeous butterflies frequent the hedgerows and verges in town, too! Some of them are not so easy to photograph, though. I must have seemed like a madman to the locals, chasing round after these creatures with my camera, getting on my hands and knees to get up close just as they decide to take to the air ag...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 25, 2002

Mae-Puem National Park
Mu 8, Ban Pa Tueng Mae Jai Sub-district
Phayao, Thailand

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