16. Unknown shy girl, Phrae

We departed Mae Salong and down to Mae Chan. Searching for a decent lunch place, found a killer SomTam(green papaya salad) stall. This lady does this spicy vege twist for a mere 30 Baht.

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Wash down with this locally brewed iced coffee.


After taking three hours ride in a minivan from Chiang Rai, we got Phrae.

Phrae, most tourists don’t know this name,and the main attraction? Local food and cheery people I would say.

This city looks like the Lao city of Luang Prabang with lots of Wats and old teak houses. Every morning monks in line for alms.

Already dark outside and we are looking for a cheap bed, and found one about a km’s walk from the bus terminal. Humble 210 Baht a night with very basic setup.I am not going to show the inside of this hotel room. Better not…

DSCF9867We got the best See-Khong-Moo(pork spare rib dish) at this Rotifongcha street restaurant near the night market. All these at 190 Baht.

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Here are the mixture of cafes, wats, city scenes and the Vongburi(pronounced Wongburi) old teak house.

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Felicidades, Spanish for happiness.


The cafe named ‘Kru Noo’ or Teacher Noo, four 19 year old girls serving killer coffees with a million dollar smiles. They offered us a motorbike ride to the bus terminal for free.

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Only four tables, but felt just like home. Lovely petite cafe.


Leave your shoes on the stairs.


At Phrae, we posted some cards to New Zealand 15 Baht each.


I call him a lucky man hugging two girls.

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Vongburi teak house, 30 Baht admission, money well spent.

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A sleeping budda in a wat, and you don’t know what is going to happen when he gets up, so walk really silently not to wake him up.

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Try this guy when you are in trouble in Phrae.


We found a Korean beauty shop run by a local, gross, salmon ovary lotion?

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Jenny buying a lipstick for her sister.

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Wow you must be the miss Korea.

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Phrae, an art deco city?

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Durians are for watching not for eating?

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A Samlor(pedicab) driver in a nap.


A new Honda Fino, for a barbie girl.


Another cup of coffee at the cafe.

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Coconuts on the move. 40 Baht each.


We stayed just a night in Phrae and are going to head up north to Nan, another city with lots of Wats and innocent locals.




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