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    Celebration and prayer in Phrae

    Life, Pongpet Mekloy, Published on 13/03/2019

    » Phrae province is home to several old Buddhist monuments. The most revered is the centuries-old Phra That Cho Hae, which is believed to contain a relic of the Buddha. The grand stupa is located in its namesake temple, which sits atop a small hill, 10km or so southeast of the provincial town.


    A town built with teak

    Life, Pongpet Mekloy, Published on 27/09/2018

    » A picture is worth a thousand words, so they say. But sometimes even a thousand pictures cannot say enough. The photos you see on this page show some of the many beautiful houses in Phrae's old town. But, of course, there is more than meets the eye. Each house has its own story, some also played an important part in the history of the town, and even that of the Kingdom.

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    Fun in the North

    Life, Pongpet Mekloy, Published on 12/09/2018

    » Not everybody thinks the rainy month of September is the best time to visit the northern provinces. But if you go to Phrae or Chiang Rai this weekend, you will enjoy events you won't find in the high season.


    Ride up and enjoy the coffee!

    Life, Pongpet Mekloy, Published on 05/01/2017

    » If a cup of caffè latte in the morning never fails to keep you awake and happy the whole day, this "coffee mountain" in Nan province is probably an ideal place for your first ride of the new year.


    Beautiful vistas and a hidden track

    Life, Pongpet Mekloy, Published on 12/01/2017

    » Last week I told you about Doi Suan Ya Luang, a scenic peak on a mountain range that marks the boundary between the northern provinces of Nan and Phayao. Today, let's explore another part of the same range that can also be reached by bicycles.

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    Ride through Thai history

    Life, Pongpet Mekloy, Published on 14/04/2016

    » Songkran, the traditional Thai New Year, is the time Thais living and working in all parts of the country return to their hometowns to reunite with their families. This year, the festival reminds me of a special place where family members not only can spend quality time together but also learn more about the country's history as well as its diverse cultural heritage. More than that, it's one of the best places to enjoy a leisurely bike ride.


    Bike back in time

    Life, Pongpet Mekloy, Published on 05/06/2014

    » For many travellers, Wiang Sa, a town 23km south of the provincial capital in Nan, is a must. One of the things that lures them there is bicycles — vintage bicycles, to be exact.


    A single-track town

    Life, Pongpet Mekloy, Published on 20/03/2014

    » While cars and motorcycles have long been the preferred means of private transportation in most parts of the country, Nan is one of the few places where people still use bicycles to get around in everyday life. Whenever you get to visit this charming northern town, keep in mind that when in Nan, do as the Nan folks do.


    Heading for the hills

    Life, Pongpet Mekloy, Published on 06/12/2012

    » As is usual at this time of year, hundreds of thousands of people are packing _ with some already hitting the road _ for holidays in the mountains of the North. The cool weather and captivating scenery of the highlands are among the main motivations. But those alone may not be enough to make such a journey really special.

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