Where to Go
As a province somewhat off the typical tourist route, Phrae is best reached via private car or bus. However, it is possible to take a train or plane to nearby Chiang Mai or Chiang Rai and then a bus to Phrae. 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.
From Bangkok, take Highway No. 1 and Highway No. 11 to Phrae via Nakhon Sawan, Phichit, Phitsanulok and Uttaradit.
The Transport Co. Ltd. operates regular busses to Phrae at 10 a.m. and 10.30 p.m. The busses leave Bangkok’s Northern Bus Terminal (Mo Chit 2) everyday. For more information, call 0 2936 2852-66 or visit www.transport.co.th. Private bus companies also servicing Phrae include Choet Chai Tour (Tel: 0 2936 0199), Phrae Tour (Tel: 0 2936 3720), and Sombat Tour (Tel: 0 2936 2496).
Nok Air International operate seasonal flight between Bangkok and Phrae. The trip takes 40-45 minutes. For more information, contact Call Center 1318 International Call +662-900-9955 or visit www.nokair.com
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.