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Phrae is one of Thailand´s oldest towns. The ancient name was Wiang Kosai, which means silk. Phrae was founded about 800 years ago. For some time Phrae was even a kingdom itself. In its history it fought many wars.

The province of Phrae is one of Thailand´s smallest provinces with almost no tourist infrastructure. Its capital  Phrae is a  lively small town. Its old village is surrounded by an ancient wall and the moult on the East side is still intact. Take a stroll through the old town and have a look at the old teak mansions and visit the temples. The Governor´s house hosts a museum, which is worth a visit. 

Follow the signs to Phra Tub Jai House, an old teak mansion which exhibits teak wood furniture and  a private collection of artifacts of the region.
Wongburi house is another relict of the Timber trade in the region and can be visited  daily from 8-17,00, Entrance Fee 40 Baht. 
The temples show Burmese  influences. The oldest temple is Wat Luang which was founded 800 years ago. The temple Museum shows archaeological sights. Outside the city walls you can see Wat Scar Bo Kaew with its Burmese Chedi. Also worth a visit is Wat Chom Sawan, which has originally been built by Shan about 100 years ago. Shant Ethnics used to work for the timber industry.
One of the most famous temples amongst Thais is Wat Phra That Cho Hae, about 8kms east of the center. The Chedi is supposed to have the relict of a hair of The Buddha. If you follow the small road into the forest it takes you to Wat Chom Chaeng, which was originally built in the year 788.

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