About Thung Chang & Manipruek in Nan province

Thung Chang is a small town near the Nan River and is about 90 km north of Nan townThung Chang is the perfect base to explore the northern part of Nan province for hiking and hill-tribes in the green mountains. It is also the first place with an 7/11 and ATM you will see when coming from Laos via the International Border Crossing Huai Kon. There are a few hotels & guesthouses and even a few small restaurants & coffee shops. For more information about Nan province have a look at Destination Travel Guide Nan.

Manipruek is group of Hmong & Tai Lue hill-tribe villages high in the mountains of Doi Phu Kha and is within Thung Chang district. Manipruek was formerly a famous area for poppy plantations but nowadays home to vegetable plantations. And slowly also a travel destination. It is a beautiful area and because of the isolated location not yet destroyed by modernisation. In this area you will also find a few caves and waterfalls. Be aware that the village Manipruek consists of 2 parts. Arriving at the Y junction at the Botanical Garden to the left is Manipruek 1 and to the right is Manipruek 2.

Destination Travel Guide Nan, North Thailand
View over the mountains of Thung Chang in Nan province

How to get to Thung Chang?

  • By public transport take the bus from Nan town to Thung Chang. Or take one of the inter-regional busses or mini-van's doing this same route from Nan bus-station and passing Thung Chang. 
  • By private car or motorbike just follow route 101 north of Nan town, passing Tha Wang Pha, Pua and as last Chiang Klang before arriving in Thung Chang.

Going to Manipruek you first have to go to Chiang Klang, what is before Thung Chang.
  • By public transport you will have to arrange a Song Theauw to Manipruek. 
  • By private car or motorbike follow the signs for Manipruek along route 101 and take route 4017 to Manipruek.

What to do in Thung Chang?

Well the little town of Thung Chang itself does not offer much more as a weekly market, but it is the location that offers great opportunities for hiking, bicycling and experiencing the real local Thai way of life. It is also a great base to explore the Hmong & Yao villages at Manipruek or caves in the mountains of Doi Phu Kha. Read my travel blog postings about Thung Chang or Manipruek

Food & Beverages in Thung Chang

Along the main road (route 101) are a few small Thai restaurants and Coffee Shops. But as there is no real center of Thung Chang the restaurants are also a bit spread along the main road (what is basically the only road in Thung Chang).

Accommodation in Thung Chang

There are a few resorts, hotels and guesthouses in Thung Chang, our favourite is Siam Garden Bungalows.

Price category taking in account the high-season prices :

      ฿     Under 600 ฿ (Hostels, Guesthouses & Homestay's)
    ฿฿    600 - 1.100 ฿ (Boutique style Guesthouse & Homestay's)
  ฿฿฿ 1.100 - 3.000 ฿ (Midrange Hotels & Resorts)
฿฿฿฿ 3.000 - 10.000 ฿ (Boutique Hotels & Resort)
  1. Nice Resort ฿
  2. Siam Garden Bungalows ฿
  3. Thung Chang Hill Resort ฿฿

Accommodation + Food & Beverages in Ban Manipruek

The Hmong village Manipruek is high in the mountains of Doi Phu Kha behind Thung Chang and this little village starts to become a point of interest for tourists.

    Where to go next?

    Thung Chang is a bit the most northern real town in Nan province, so going northwards the next destination would be Huai Kon and Laos. Going southwards would bring you to Pua.

      Map of Thung Chang

      Map of Thung Chang in Nan - Thailand

      Route from Nan to Thung Chang

      Route from Nan town to Thung Chang


      Route to Manipruek

      Destination Travel Guide Nan, North Thailand



      Disclaimer : All information is created in good faith and is an expression of fair comment.

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