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delicately carved shoe of Phrae
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delicately carved shoe of Phrae

 

Overshadowed by its famous indigo dyed attires or Mor Hom, Phrae province actually has quality garment of different style and design. The community of Mae Kham Mee is one of Phrae’s garment hubs that carve out good stuff.

Hand woven canvas shoe from Tambon Mae Kham Mee is one of the outstanding merchandises from the community. Casual canvas shoe is modernized with hand woven patterns, making it a unique handicraft stuff. The beautiful shoes won 3 star OTOP Award in 2016.

Other interesting merchandises from Tambon Mae Kham Mee include hand-woven tubeskirt, tie-dye clothing, and carpet.

Off the tourists’ beaten tracks, the charming old town of Phrae is embraced by picturesque landscapes of paddy-filled valley, lush mountains, and a great collection of Buddhist temples. Wat Jom Sawan is well worth a visit.

Dating to the second half of the 19th century when a large influx of ethnic Shan came to Phrae to work in timber concessions, temple was built by local Shan.Beautiful teak and tasteful inlay work make this small temple outstanding and surprisingly delightful. The interior is rich with lovely glass mosaics and gold paint stenciling.

Take a stroll in the town and you will come across a number of teak residence. The elegant residence of Ban Wong Buri is a nice example of teak heritage here while the local museum of Ban Thep showcases of the teak logging and interesting folk life of Phrae.

Such old charms make Phrae a hidden gems of the north.

 

How to get there: Phrae is 344 miles north of Bangkok via highway 11. For hand woven shoes of Phrae, call 084-944-5506.