Phrae

A market town in a narrow valley well off the beaten path, Phrae is renowned in northern Thailand for its fine teak houses. It's a useful stopover on the 230-km (143-mile) journey from Lampang to Nan, but has little to offer the visitor apart from ruined city walls, some attractive and historic temples, and the sturdy teak buildings that attest to its former importance as a center of the logging industry.

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