Phayao (Thai พะเยา) is ane o the northren provinces (changwat) o Thailand. Neighborin provinces are (frae east clockwise) Nan, Phrae, Lampang an Chiang Rai. In the north-east it borders Xaignabouli o Laos.
Geography[edit | edit source]
The ceety o Phayao is locatit at the Phayao lake (Kwan Phayao) in the valley o the Ing River. Three big muntains surroond the valley, the Doi Luang (1697m), Doi Khun Mae Fat (1550m) an Doi Khun Mae Tam (1330m).
History[edit | edit source]
After Phayao wis foondit in 1096 it wis a sma ceety-state kinrick. In the 13t century it gained enough importance tae be equal partner o Keeng Mengrai o Lannathai an the Sukhothai Kinrick. Housomeivver a later keeng o Lannathai captured Phayao in 1338, and made it pairt o Lannathai. Durin the Burmese rulership o Lannathai the ceety became desertit, an in 1897 became pairt o the province Chiang Rai. Becomin effective on August 28, 1977 it wis split aff frae Chiang Rai again, an became a province o its awn.
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