Escape with Eton Travel to Phayao Province, an extraordinary destination between Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai. It is perfect for those looking to escape the crowds and immerse in local life.  Furthermore, you can discover Northern Thai culture by spending time with friendly local community. Add some light trekking, ancient temples and a boat trip on Phayao Lake. You will certainly have an unforgettable holiday experience.


Meet Thai Lua People

Spend time with a warm and welcoming ethnic minority from southern China. The Thai Lua follow a traditional lifestyle. They wear the traditional dress and partake in centuries old practices. An example is  handweaving with natural dyes. Therefore, by exploring the village, you will learn about their way of life. Why not take part? Perhaps you could try making the famous local dessert, Khao Khuob (sticky rice with coconut wrapped in banana leaves)? Or simply enjoy a traditional dinner with members of the community?


Phayao Town and Countryside

Discover the centre of Phayao, a picturesque town centred around an expansive lake. Certainly spend a day here. First of all, take a Thai-style punt on the water and then visit little-known temples. Finally, sample authentic Khao Soi, a tasty Northern Thai speciality. On the outskirts of town, you will see the rock carvings of the Buddha in the cliffs at Wat Huai Pha Kiang (Thuminit Temple). Above all, the surrounding countryside is blissful. There are rolling green paddy fields and dramatic hills. Plus, your guide will take you to a mesmeric spot hidden in the mountains – very, very few tourists know about it.

Homestay at Ban Dok Bua

The village of Ban Dok Bua is a fascinating place to visit. Here, the community is guided by the principle of being economically self-sufficiency. At your homestay, you can learn how they maintain their unique lifestyle. The basic accommodation will be clean and comfortable. As a result, travellers are enthused by the charming surroundings. Your home will be set among an organic farm. Here, you will be able to pick tropical herbs and vegetables for a delicious home cooked dinner.


In conclusion, this is just the tip of the iceberg. Thailand offers  many more incredible experiences. Therefore, we recommend a three-night stay in Phayao to truly get a feel of the place. You decide what you would like to do next. Enjoy some luxury, explore the mountains or relax on a beach. The team at Escape with Eton Travel will design a holiday exclusive for you.

Experience Travel Group

ETG are one of the travel partners of Eton Travel. They design bespoke holidays to Asia for curious travellers. Their holidays are for those who don’t want to choose between comfort and adventure. They combine boutique hotels with experiences that reveal the fabric of the destination.


Based on a blog previously seen on the Experience Travel Group website.