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Heart of hardwood

Savour the relaxed ambience and unique yesteryear flavour of this town in the upper north that was briefly famous as the Kingdom's 'teak capital'

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Nestled in the lush valley of the river Yom, the sleepy town of Phrae makes a pleasant pit stop for those on a leisurely exploration of the North. 

One of the town’s leading attractions is Khum Chao Luang, the splendid former residence of Phrae’s last independent ruler. It was built in 1892 using a mix of European and Thai architectural styles and a copious amount of teak, mai pradoo and other local hardwood. The lower ground floor-cum-basement was once used as a jail.

Natives of Lampang, which borders it to the south, like to boast that their province produces the best teak in the entire country, but the people of Phrae would certainly challenge that claim vigorously.

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