About Wat Phra That Khao Noi near Nan town

View over Nan town from Wat Khao Noi in North Thailand

This temple is by most people referred to as Wat Khao Noi but the full name of this temple is Wat Phra That Khao Noi. As the name suggest it is a temple on a small mountain, and mostly famous for its stunning view over Nan valley & town. Especially in the very early morning with a sunrise over Nan valley, with a 9 metre tall walking Buddha in the foreground. The 15th century temple itself is not spectacular, but due to said to be relics of Buddha it is once a year the center of one of the Phra That Festivals. For more information about Nan province see Destination Travel Guide Nan province, North Thailand.

The Wat Phra That Khao Noi can be visited all year around, daily from 6:00 - 18:00 and entrance is free. Best to be visited in the very early morning for a stunning sunrise view over Nan town. The Wat Phra That Khao Noi is located just 5 km (south)west of Nan town, too far to go there walking. But you could take a bicycle, private car or motorbike. Just follow route 101 south of Nan town in direction of Na Noi for less 1 km, then turn right at the traffic light (there are signs). Follow the road that at the end will lead up-to Khao Noi. Until the foot of the mountain  it is easy to do by bicycle, but going all the way up is only for diehards bicyclists. But a little bit up the foot is a parking from where you can take staircase with Naga's and 300 steps up to the top. Otherwise you can continue to all the way up to top and the parking behind the temple. Be aware that at some parts the road is steep.

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