The Ancient salt pits of Bo Klua

What to do in Nan province, North Thailand
Producing salt at the ancient Salt Pits in Bo Klua

I have been here a few times but never took the time to take some proper photos. Bo Klua is a small village at the eastern side of Northern Thailand, about 80 km north of Nan city. Located in the remote mountains that were once the home of people of the Nan Kingdom and later the refuge place of communist (eh ... people that were against the government at that time)  in Thailand. This area was rich because of the many place where salt could be extracted. And at Bo Klua are 2 old salt pits where you can still see how salt is extracted. For more information about Nan province see Destination Travel Guide Nan province, North Thailand.

When to go to the Ancient Salt Pits?

All year, but be aware that during Khao Pan Sa (when monks do not leave the temple) the workshops around the Salt Pits are closed for 3 months (July / August / September). This is to protect the village from bad luck. But This Is Thailand so this rule could change also any day.

Where to go?

The Ancient Salt Pits are in the village Bo Klua, what is about 90 km north of Nan town in a valley of the mountains of Doi Phu Kha National Park.

How to get to the Ancient Salt Pits?

By public transport first take the Orange Bus to Pua, from there take a Songtheauw to Bo Klua. But Bo Klua is best to be visited with your own transport by car or motorbike. From Nan just follow route 101 to Pua and in Pua follow the signs for Doi Phu Kha National Park via route 1256. Once on route 1256 you will see signs for Bo Klua. Be aware that the last 40km route 1256 will go into the mountains with some steep & curvy roads leading all the way up to 1715m above sea-level. Also be aware that during or just after the raining season the road could be damaged by land-slides.
Salt jars in Bo Klua
Winning the salt

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