Covering an area of 6,538 square kilome tres and with its provincial capital located 551 kilometres north of Bangkok, Phrae is surrounded on all sides by mountains, with level plains in the middle. It is noted for having one of the largest reserves of teak forests in the country. The province has a remote feel about it, although it is easily reached by Highway 101. Phrae town, situated on the Yom River, is an old community, founded slightly after Chiang Mai, and retains much of its traditional character, with quiet streets and number of old teak houses. Phrae has the beautiful architectures and cultural heritage which is a mixture of influences from Lanna, Burma and Laos.