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Phayao province

{| border="1" cellpadding="2" cellspacing="0" align="right" ! colspan="2" align=center bgcolor="#DEFFAD"|Statistics |- ||Capital:||Phayao |- ||Area:||valign=top|6,335.1 km²
Ranked 35th |- ||Inhabitants:||valign=top|502,780 (2000)
Ranked 46th |- ||Pop. density:||valign=top|79 inh./km²
Ranked 52nd |- ||ISO 3166-2:||TH-56 |- !colspan="2" align=center bgcolor="#DEFFAD"|Map |- |colspan="2" align=center| |}

Phayao (Thai พะเยา) is one of the northern province (changwat) of Thailand. Neighboring provinces are (from east clockwise) Nan, Phrae, Lampang and Chiang Rai. In the north-east it borders Laos.

Table of contents
1 Geography
2 History
3 Symbols
4 Administrative divisions
5 External links


The city of Phayao is located at the Kwan Phayao lake, sorrounded by three big mountains, the Doi Luang (1697m), Doi Khun Mae Fat (1550m) and Doi Khun Mae Tam (1330m).


After Phayao was founded in 1096 it was a small city-state kingdom. In the 13th century it gained enough importance to be equal partner of King Mengrai of Lannathai and the Sukhothai kingdom. However a later king of Lannathai captured Phayao in 1338, and made it part of Lannathai. During the Burmese rulership of Lannathai the city became deserted, and in 1897 became part of the province Chiang Rai. Becoming effective on August 28, 1977 it was split off from Chiang Rai again, and became a province of its own.


The provincial seal shows Buddha, representing the famous Buddha image in the temple Wat Si Khom Kham called Phra Chao Ton Luang. Behind him are 7 flames showing the glory of Buddha. In front of Buddha is a bowl and two ears of rice.

Provincial tree is Mammea siamensis.

Administrative divisions

King Amphoe
(minor districts)
  1. Mueang Phayao
  2. Chun
  3. Chiang Kham
  4. Chiang Muan
  1. Dok Khamtai
  2. Pong
  3. Mae Chai
  1. Phu Sang
  2. Phu Kamyao

External links