By bus it takes 7 to 8 hours to travel from Bangkok to Phrae. An alternative to travelling by bus the whole way is to take a train to Den Chai and from there a short bus journey onto Phrae.
Bus Timetable from Bangkok to Phrae
Click on the Bangkok – Phrae link for more information and to buy tickets.
|Bangkok - Phrae ฿ 513–801 7h 58m – 14h 31m
|Pathumthani - Phrae ฿ 627 7h 10m
Bus Stop in Bangkok
Bus services to Phrae depart from Bangkok’s Northern Bus Terminal at 798 Kamphaeng Phet 2 Road, Khwaeng Chatuchak, Khet Chatuchak, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10900, Thailand.
Arrival in Phrae
Bus services from Bangkok terminate at Phrae Bus Station, 172/25-26, Yantrakit Kosol Road, Tambon Nai Wiang, Amphoe Mueang Phrae, Phrae, 54000, Tambon Thung Kwao, Amphoe Mueang Phrae, Chang Wat Phrae 54000.
Vongburi House Museum in Phrae
The Vongburi House Museum in Phrae is one of the finest examples of a traditional teak mansion in Thailand. The Vongburi House Museum was originally a private house commissioned by the first wife of Phrae’s last lord, who had to flee Phrae after resisting attempts by the Thai authorities sought to impose control of the province from Bangkok. The same family still owns the house, constructed in 1897, and the family retains a private residence in a smaller house in the grounds of the Vongburi House Museum.
Phrae used to be one of the main centres of teak logging in South East Asia and the town became very prosperous at the end of the 19th Century and start of the 20th Century on the back of the lucrative trade in this high quality wood. The Vongburi House Museum is virtually entirely made of teak.
The house itself is a European style mansion adapted for life in the tropics before air-conditioning. The pink coloured exterior is punctuated by lots of lots of louvred shutters to allow the circulation of air to cool the interior. The rooms inside the house are generously proportioned with high ceilings, which also helps to keep the house cool.
The interiors of Vongburi House Museum are wonderfully furnished and decorated with period pieces kept in the house by the family since the time of construction. The only major changes to the house since the end of the 19th Century are the addition of displays inside some of the rooms in the house with some fascinating old photographs of the family on the walls, tools used in the teak logging industry, and some real curiosities such as the complete skin of a leopard caught in the area 100 years ago.
Entrance to the museum costs 40 THB which is well worth the money.