Where to Go
As a province somewhat off the typical tourist route, Phayao is best reached via private car or public bus. However, it is possible to take a plane or train to nearby Chiang Rai or Chiang Mai an then a bus to Phayao. Once there, it may be easier to get around with your own car, but there are standard forms of local transport available for visitors: i.e. songtaews, motorbike taxis, samlors, and tuk tuks. – no info on getting around
Visitors can take a regular train from Bangkok’s Hua Lumphong Station to Den Chai Station in Phrae, or farther along to Lampang or Chiang Mai, and then transfer to a bus to Phayao. Call 1690 for more information.
From Bangkok, take Highway No. 32 and Highway No. 1 to Phayao via Ayutthaya, Ang Thong, Nakhon Sawan, Tak and Lampang, a total distance of 966 kilometers.
For an alternative route, take Highway No. 1 to Amphoe Tak Fa via Saraburi and Lop Buri before turning onto Highway No. 11 to Phrae via Phichit, Phitsanulok, and Uttaradit, and finally proceeding to Phayao along Highways No. 101, No. 103 and No. 1.
Otherwise, most visitors arrive in Phayao by driving from neighboring provinces, such as Chiang Rai (90 km), Chiang Mai (140 km) and Nan (137 km).
Bus companies which operate daily bus services from Bangkok's Northern Bus Terminal (Mo Chit 2) to Phayao include Transport Co. Ltd (Tel: 0 2936 2852-66, website: www.transport.co.th); Siam First Tour (Tel: 0 2954 3601); and Sombat Tour (Tel: 0 2936 2495).
There are no regular commercial flights to Phayao. Visitors can fly from Bangkok to Chiang Rai and then transfer to a bus to Phayao.
As in most rural Thai provinces there are typically songtaews that follow established routes around the provincial capital and local busses and songtaews for trips between towns within the province. Songtaews, motorbike taxis, and samlors (three wheeled pedal powered cabs) are usually available for private charter as well.