About 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

Although everybody talks about Bo Klua the ancient salt pits are actually in the village Ban Bo Luang what is the district Bo Klua. And Bo Klua district is in a valley of the mountain range Doi Phu Kha at the eastern side of Northern Thailand, about 90 km north of Nan city. Located in the remote mountains that were once the home of people of the Nan Kingdom. This area was rich because of the many place where salt could be extracted. And at Ban Bo Luang are 2 old salt pits where you can still see how salt is extracted (but in the Bo Klua district are actually more old salt pits). The most famous Ancient Salt Pit is along the small river in Ban Bo Luang and there are a few coffee shops and souvenir shops around it. The second Ancient Salt Pit is at the old post-office in Ban Bo Luang. For more information about Nan province see Destination Travel Guide Nan.

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 Ban Bo Luang in Bo Klua district, what is about 90 km north of Nan town in a valley of the mountains of Doi Phu Kha.

How to get to the Ancient Salt Pits?

By public transport first 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 40 km 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