Nan Travel Guide

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Nan Things to Do

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  • Traditional Salt production in Bo Kleau

    Bo Kleau is a mountain district in Nan. The name Bo Kleau means Salt well which came from the origin of this area where have traditional salt production from the ancient time. In the district, they have 2 main locations of salt well where you can visit and taste a fresh mountain salt products or shopping some salt product such as salt spa, salty...

  • Wat Phumin

    My prefered temple in Nan. Outside is nothing special but you have to go inside to see wonderful Budda statue and, best of all, interesting and humoristic wall paintings. I recommned this visit, most interesting thing to do in Nan.

  • Nong Bua temple

    A temple for local villagers in Pakha sub-district ,Tha Wang Pha district. About 42 kms on the North of Nan city.History : According to the oral tradition, this temple was built in 1862 during the King Rama IV reign, by Sunanta (temple abbot). The assembly hall at this temple is in a typical Lanna style. The roof ,divided into many parts, droops...

  • Phumin temple

    History : this temple was built in 1596 ,by Chao Chetabutr Phrohmin ,the ruler of Nan. As a Wat Luang or royal temple .This temple is different from the rest of others temples in Thailand. The ordination and assembly halls are put together in one building which in cross shaped plan. The building has square center and four projections at cardinal...

  • Chang Kam temple

    Built in 1949 Nan's king named Phya Phukeng. Formerly ,this temple named Luang temple but it changed in the King Rama I 's reign as Chang Khum temple becuase of the elephant stucco on the chedi base. The main chedi built in Lanna style with the elephants stucco decoration surrounded the base. Others interested is Viharn in Lanna style housed...

  • Phuka National Park

    Jungle at Phuka National Park, you can do from a day trekking to 3 days hike to the top of Phu Vae mountain.

  • National Museum ,Nan

    As others National Museum in Thailand.This museum collected and presented all objects which found in Nan area. The museum building used to be a palace for Nan 's King. Some antique decorations are still found. The museum also open some free space as art gallery on occasion.Open: Tue- Sun from 09.00 a.m.- 04.00 p.m .Admission Free : 30 Baht per...

  • Hilltribe on Doi Phukha

    "Lua" hilltribe 's one community on Phukha mountain. I had a chance to visit one for studying on hilltribe vernacular house .And found that some villages 're so poor but thier lifestyle and tradition 're still alive.It's a good example of living together with nature.If you 'd like to see thier community ,please contact the Village Head Officer...

  • Doi Phuka National Park

    Covered 8 Districts like Pau,Chiang Klang,Tung Chang,Tha Wangpha,Santisuk,Mae Jarim,Bo Klaeu and Chalerm Pra Kiet located on a big range of mountians. Places for visit:-Ancient Palm forest.-Waterfalls ,cliffs and caves.Some hilltribe villages located along the roadside , if you 'd like to see their life and home ,please contact the village Head...


Nan Hotels

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  • Nan Boutique Hotel

    1/11 Kua Luang Road, T. Naiwang A. Muang, Nan, 55000, Thailand

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Sukkasem

    119-121 Anantavorarittidet Rd., T. Naiwiang, Nan, 55000, Thailand

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

  • Sasidara

    629 Moo 4,Chaisatan, Muang, Nan, 55000, Thailand

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Business

Nan Restaurants

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  • Cheap tasty Thai vegetarian restaurant

    Lunchtime today (Dec 2008) the price is 15 baht for all you can eat, help yourself to four different Thai veggie options plus a side-soup. This was lunch time. I thought she said 50 baht till I came to pay and 50 would still be a bargain. Apparently veggies cheap this time of year with cooler weather. Got to get a bit of everything. Don't pile up...

  • Fresh vietnamese food

    I love this place. It's very pretty decorated. Wooden floor, garden-side, free magazines... You can sit on the balcony of the restaurant (coffee shop side) There're different types of food here. From noodle to Vietnamese food.Coffee is good here as well. (Could see that the owner is quite serious with coffee making from pictures and certificate on...

  • Esarn food in Nan, very unique!

    Esarn food is popular everywhere in Thailand, include Nan. Food will be a little spicy but it tastes great. Inexpensive.Restaurant itself is not too small but not large. (nothing is large in Nan anyway) Atmosphere is OK actually it's more like a place where is perfect for Thai guys to escape their wives for some drinks with their mates (hehehe)But...


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    Night Market: Hungry in the middle of the night?

    by beebah Written Feb 25, 2005

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    Nan is small town, and should enjoy the quietness of the town :-) there's only night market in town where you can find local food, noodle, deepfried mussles, desserts and the street vendor that "Parlez française" !

    Dress Code: No suits, no formal, no neat shirts. Please go in flipflops.

    Kidding, you know it. it's night market..hehe
    dress whatever you like.

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Nan Transportation

  • Sombat tour VIP 24 seats bus

    according to my friend who uses it for more than 10 years, this company is the best. bus is overnite, starts at 8.15 pm from Bangkok, Mochit bus terminal (best and fastest way to get there is to go by subway to Kamphaeng Phet station, which is just beside the JatuJak weekend market, and from there take bus or taxi / tuk -tuk to this terminal; by...

  • From Chiang Mai to Nan by car

    The better way to reach Nan is by car. Yu may rent a car in Chaing Mai ( it's better a 4-whhel). I booked my car from Italy by Budget that is efficient and has good car. The route you may follow are two: the faster is from Phrae. The second one is fascinating but harder: you have to go towards Phayoao and then descend to Nan, admist the mountains....

  • No train to Nan

    No train to Nan. If you want to arrive by train from BKK yoi have to choose a train to Chiang Mai and then leave at Den Chai. From here you may proceed by bus. Same but opposite if your departure is from Chiang Mai.


Nan Shopping

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    Thai Payap Development Association: Fair trade handicrafts of Nan

    by riproy Updated Apr 4, 2011

    Thai Payap is a locally operated and run rural development org that aims to raise the living standard of minority hill tribes in Nan province. The income from sales of handicrafts, after the producers are compensated, are funneled back into communities thru development projects to do with agriculture, health and other issues that need addressing. Thai Payap has been teetering on the brink of collapse for years because human resources are stretched thinly and because there is a lot of competition from business that mass produce goods according to a supply schedule in automated factories or in sweat shop-like environs. Items for sale at Thai Payap are made at the homes of producers. There is no pressure to pump out volumes as it is understood that villagers are busy with agricultural activities during the rainy season. Crafts are made in the off season when farmers are not as busy with on-farm activities. So you can see that this arrangment does not suit the supply-demand business model.

    What to buy: Woven, carved, sewn goods from Hmong, Mien and other hill tribe groups are sold here at the office and occasionally in Bangkok at ThaiCraft sales. See my Bangkok Shopping tips for details on ThaiCraft sales.
    Can also be purchased on the WWW.

    What to pay: You will pay less at the shop in Nan than you would at the ThaiCraft sales as there is very little overhead in Nan.

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Nan Off The Beaten Path

  • What a good idea don't trust in Michelin...

    by lucy60 Written Sep 6, 2008

    I decided to arrive by 1080 to Thai border and then back by 1081. I read in Michelin guide that I needed a whole day for this tour but I dind't trust in it. It's true: I spend 7 hours, without a stop. Kms are not so many but the raod is very winding, with very sharp curves. If you want to try you need a 4-wheel vehicole, then expect to climb up mountains and descend down a lot of times; on rainy season the road is dangerous. If you want to visit thai-lao market, remeber that the good day is saturday. But it's a wonderful tour; You see mountains like dragons that arrive in Laos and then to Yunnan. I recomned this tour, bur remember it's very hard to do.

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Nan Sports & Outdoors

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    Kayaking - Rafting in Kaeng Nam Wa.

    by beebah Written Feb 25, 2005

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    First I have to say I'm not a sport person at all. But well.. if you come to Nan and you don't go rafting that's like missing something.

    Kaeng Nam Wa is one of most popular destinations for people who love adventure of kayaking and rafting (Or those who never tried before but would love to)

    Trips available from One day trip to 3 days trip. Rafting along Kaeng Nam Wa (80 km long) which there's 3 different level. Easy, Hard, and a little bit danger. (But don't worry, no record of tourists were injured)

    You can contact tour operators in Nan for trips. Several days trips you might have to camp in National park or bangalow (but they will manage that for you)

    Scenery while you're doing your rafting is breathe taking. You don't need to roll all the time some parts of the river is very calm you can see bright green seaweed in the river and green jungle that was so beautiful.

    Should check the season before you go. Some time of the yeat river is too dry to go kayak, Best time will be rainy season.

    One day trip should be about 1200 Baht/person/day
    and 2-days or 3-days will be around 3000-4000 Baht/ trip include food/ accommodation.

    More people --> cheaper.

    Equipment: You don't have to prepare anything but clothes that dry quick. Some snacks if you want. All the gears such as life jacket, etc they'll have them ready for you.

    Rafting in Kaeng Nam Wa, Nan
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    Visit one of the villages during Hmong...

    by riproy Updated Jan 3, 2003

    Favorite thing: This is the game of meeting a spouse. You ask a person of the opposite sex if they want to throw a ball back and forth. If you agree, then you stand in long lines a couple of metres away from your partner and start tossing a tennis ball-sized cloth ball back and forth. Traditionally this is when you would chat up one another and, eventually, this would lead to marriage and kids, mortgages, cottages at the lake, mowing the lawn on Saturdays, the second car (a minivan), and oh, slaughtering a pig on Hmong New Year by sticking it in the neck with with a long blade and draining its blood, cooking it up to eat in 4-5 dishes with lots of sticky rice.

    Fondest memory: This is the time when traditional Hmong clothing is brought out and everyone is dressed up. As you can see, the Hmong dress is beautiful and very colourful.

    The gauntlet; watch your head

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