About Phu Phayak in Nan province
Phu Phayak is an area in the most north-eastern part of Nan province, high in the mountains and bordering Laos. The village nowadays is called Ban Nam Ree Pattana. Located in tambon Khun Nan in Chaloern Phra Khiat. Phu Phayak means "Giant Mountain" and it was once the place for poppy farming and the battlefield between the Thai soldiers and Communists soldiers in the 1970's. It is famous as being one of the last strongholds of the Communist Party of Thailand (CPT). The reason for having a HQ in this area was of course the difficult accessible mountain range that is bordering (communist) Laos. The area is also home to hill-tribes (Lawa & Hmong) who came from southern-west China. Nowadays the area is home to a few villages that are supported by the "Royal Project Phu Phayak" to help local hill-tribes in a sustainable existence without growing opium. For more information about Nan province have a look at Destination Travel Guide Nan.
What to do in Phu Phayak?The main attraction of Phu Phayak is visiting the remains of the Communist Resistance, Communist Memorial and the Royal Project Coffee Plantations.
Food & Beverages in Phu PhayakAs Phu Phayak is not really a tourist destination to stay overnight there are also no real restaurants.
Accommodation in Phu Phayak
As Phu Phayak is not really a tourist destination to stay overnight there is no accommodation, although there are some camping grounds.
How to get to Phu Phayak?
- 🚌 There is no public transport, the nearest place with public transport would be Huai Kon or Bo Klua. But that would still be about 50 km from Phu Phayak.
- 🛵 By private car or motorbike just follow route 101 north of Nan town to Pua, then route 1256 to Bo Klua and then route 1081 & Soi 1307 to Phu Phayak.