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Wed 26 Nov 2014

On the way to Phrae (taken through the window of a zooming bus!)

On the way to Phrae (taken through the window of a zooming bus!)

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I arrived in Phrae today after a four-hour bus ride from Chiang Mai. In the morning I had called to arrange a home stay in the old city with a woman named Priwan, who herself picked me up at the bus station.

Ms. Priwan

Ms. Priwan

Her home consisted of a few large teak buildings surrounded by a garden. The house had six guest rooms, and (conveniently for me) she prepared only vegetarian food in her kitchen. A short time after arriving I was seated in the garden having some stir fried noodles and vegetables along with a cold herbal tea.

There were a number of other guests staying there, including couples from Germany and France, a Spanish woman who arrived on a motorbike, and a trio of young Italian women.

In addition to running the guest house Priwan also worked as an English tutor, and in the afternoon there were a few school age children sitting at her study table.

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In the early evening I walked around the small town, finding the remains of an old moat in the middle of which there was a dancing fountain. Later on in my wanderings I encountered a local street fair, where I bought some sweets from a vendor and watched a music and dance performance.

Near entrance gate to the old city of Phrae.

Near entrance gate to the old city of Phrae.

Near entrance gate to the old city of Phrae.

Near entrance gate to the old city of Phrae.

Magical Fountain!

Magical Fountain!

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Dancers at street fair.

Dancers at street fair.

Sweet vendor at street market, Phrae.

Sweet vendor at street market, Phrae.

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