By bus it takes 4 hours to travel 200 km from Phrae to Chiang Mai. The alternative to travelling the whole way from Phrae to Chiang Mai by bus, is travel by road from Phrae to Den Chai Railway Station and from there to take a train to Chiang Mai.
Bus Timetable: Phrae to Chiang Mai
Click on the ‘Phrae – Chiang Mai’ link in the timetable below for more information and to buy tickets.
Bus Stop in Phrae
Bus services to Chiang Mai depart from 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.
Arrival in Chiang Mai
Bus services from Phrae terminate at Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 3, Wat Ket, Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai 50000.
About Wat Chedi Liam
Wat Chedi Liam, also known as Wat Ku Kham Luang, is located on the Kaeonawarat Road to the south of the walled city of Chiang Mai on the other side of the Ping River. This temple pre-dates the construction of the walled city which explains its location away from Chiang Mai’s other major temples. Wat Chedi Liam has a remarkable Mon Dvaravati style chedi built in the late 13th Century when the area was ruled by King Mengrai, who was the first King of the Northern Kingdom of Lanna.
The chedi at Wat Chedi Liam rises from a square base in 5 tiered steps, similar in shape to a pyramid. Each side of each tier has three niche sbuilt in, each with a Buddha statue inside. This unusual style of chedi tower is based on the chedi at Wat Ku Kut in Lamphun. The chedi at Wat Chedi Liam, like the chedi at Wat Ku Kut, is one of the last remaining examples of the art of the Dvaravati Kingdom which existed in Thailand from the 6th to 13th Centuries, and possibly earlier. Relatively little is known about the Dvaravati Kingdom whose art was heavily influenced by Indian culture and are believed to have been instrumental in bringing Buddhism from India to Thailand, and indeed some historians have speculated that the people of the Dvaravati Kingdom came from India, which fits uncomfortably with the theory that the ‘Thai’ people are a distinct ethnic group which migrated from China at the end of the fist millennium displacing the Khmer/Cham and Burmese settlers to create the Kingdom of Thailand.