Phayao is area of approximately 6,335 Sq.km consists of 7 districts; Mueang Phayao, Chun, Chiang Kham,
Chiang Muan, Dok Khamtai, Pong, Mae Chai, Phu Sang and Phu Kamyao. Phayao is one of oldest city, formerly
named Phu Kamyao or Phayaw, had been governed by king inherited with long period. At that time, Phayao was
located in the valley of Chom Phu hill or Doi Duan and Saita river (Ing river) pass through, which was
called "Phayao Lake" or "Kwan Phayao". In legend of Phayao history informed that the ancestor of Phayao is
Pu Chao Lao Chok or Lawa Chakkarat who used to live in Doi Tung, Chiang Rai and then move down to establish
Hirannakorn Nguenyang City which was Mueang Chiang San. Era of Pra Chao Laonguen (King Laonguen), who is a
son of Lawa Chakkarat, the king commanded Khun Jomtham (his latest son) to govern Phayao. Khun Jomtham managed
the govern of Phayao to 36 districts, the ruler of each district had a rank as Muen and constructed the city
gate as 8 locations named Chai, Hor Klong, Lek, Thanang, Thalao, Prasart, Thapan, and Aompom by 500 people in
||: Chiang Rai
||: Phrae and Lampang
||: Nan and Laos
||: Chiang Mai
|Distances from Amphoe Mueang to Other Districts
|Dok Kham Tai
Festivals & Events
Sacrificial Combined Force 2324 Monument Fair
: End of January - beginning of February
: Amphoe Chiang Kham
It is a merit making ceremony dedicated to the civilians, policemen and soldiers,
who passed away in their fighting with the communist terrorists in 1980-early 1981 (2523-early 2524 B.E.).
Moreover, it is a charity fair to raise money to assist the descendants of the deceased.
Other activities include games, performances, exhibitions and
a fair consisting of various booths of the government authorities.
Cassie Flower Blooming Day
: 13-14 February
: Amphoe Dok kham Tai
Takes place on 14 February every year at the ground in front of the Dok Kham Tai District Office.
Activities are the handicraft contests and sales of souvenirs.
Thai Lue Cultural Festival
: Begin of March
: Wat Phrathat Sop Waen, Amphoe Chiang Kham
There are folk games, cultural performances, as well as, lifestyle of the Thai Lue people.
In the event, people will dress up in the traditional costume.
Also, there will be a cotton spinning demonstration, dessert making,
Lue singing, Choeng or martial art dance, and Makon game.
Pho Khun Ngam Mueang Fair
: 5 March
: Pho khun Ngam Mueang Monument
Is organized on 5 March every year at the Pho khun Ngam Mueang Monument with a beautiful
and magnificent procession of the worship offerings.
Pu Cha Phaya Lo Fair (Bucha Phra Lo)
: 9 April
: Amphoe Chun
In the event, there are parades, light and sound presentations, a procession inviting the spirits of
Wiang Lo’s past kings, Khan Tok dinner at night, as well as, cultural performances.
Songkran Festival (Pi Mai Mueang)
: 13- 16 April
: Amphoe Mueang
Is organized during 13-16 April every year behind the Mueang Phayao Municipality and in every district.
Phayao Lychee and Quality Products Fair
: The ground behind the Mueang Phayao Municipality
In the event, there are fairs offering lychees and quality products of Phayao and a lychee beauty pageant.
Wien Tien Klang Nam ceremony of Kwan Phayao
: Full moon (March, June and August)
: Wat Thilok Aram Klang Kwan Phayao
Making merit by going to temples, offering food to monks and novices, listening to Dhamma preaching,
doing meditation, and ending the day with Candle Light Processions (locally known as Wien Tien) in the evening.
Candle Procession Festival
of the eight waning moon (August) (The begin of the Buddhist Lent)
: The ground behind the municipality office
Takes place one day before the Buddhist Lent Day at the ground behind the municipality office
and in every district. Beautifully engraved candles are brought to participate in the parade.
Various cultural shows are performed, as well as, the contest for the most beautiful candle is organized.
After the contest, all the candles are offered to the temples.
Phayao Jewelry Industry and Quality Products Fair
: Phayao Jewellery Centre, Amphoe Mueang
There are show of jewelry and products of Phayao and sell jewelry from Phayao.
Yi Peng and Thai Lue Festival
: Phayao Lake
Nang Nopphamas beauty contest, floating of Yi Peng lanterns at the Phayao Lake, cultural performances,
Thai Lue parade, sales of OTOP products, and a light and sound performance.
Hilltribe Traditional Festival
: Amphoe Chiang Kham
Traditional dances and games of the hill tribe people, which are a winter tradition, are performed.