Destination Travel Guide Nan in North Thailand
Welcome to Nan province in North Thailand where live is still slow and tranquil. Nan province is tucked away in the most eastern part of North Thailand and was once a sleepy province. And even nowadays Nan province is still one of the most remote & off the beaten track province's of Thailand, where nature blends well with culture and ancient temples. In modern times Nan province has an airport, comfortable boutique hotels and trendy coffee shops, along with picturesque villages in the mountains, but 40 years ago Nan was considered a wild region and sometimes even off-limited for traveling. Time has changed however and the centuries old temples built in Tai Lue architecture style with beautiful murals, green mountains and ethnic minorities are now starting to attract Thai tourists and even slowly some foreigner tourists are coming to Nan province. The main destination for visitors of Nan province is its capital Nan town and nearby surroundings. It is however not the only place of interest, especially those who love outdoor activities might find their way to places like Pua, Bo Klua, Thung Chang, Na Noi and Mae Charim. Upcountry Nan province offers nature, mountains and culture from the famous Ancient Salt Pits of Bo Klua and the Yellow Ghost Hill-Tribe to waterfalls, coffee plantations, markets and rivers.
Bo Klua & Ban Sapan - Ban Bo Suak - Ban Sakad - Ban San Charoen - Ban Luang - Chiang Klang - Huai Kon - Mae Charim - Na Noi - Pha Tub - Pak Nai - Phu Phayak - Pua & Pha Klang - Santisuk - Sila Phet - Tha Wang Pha & Song Kwae & Nong Bua - Thung Chang & Manipruek - Wiang Sa
|Photos of Nan province in North Thailand|
Off the Beaten Track & Hiking
Then it is time to go for a 1 or 2 nights touring in the northern part of Nan province to explore the mountains of Doi Phu Kha and visit places like Pua, Ban Sakad and Bo Klua. In Nan town life is slow, but upcountry outdoor life is awaiting for you. The more adventures one's could go Canoe on the Nan River, Wild Water Rafting on the Wa River or Hiking in Doi Phu Kha National Park. Or do the famous Bo Klua Loop by scooter , motorbike or even by bicycle. Going upcountry you might fancy a refreshing swim at Sila Phet Waterfall or Tat Luang Waterfall, Visit the Mlabri (Yellow Ghosts) ethnic minorities in the mountains of Ban Luang, see the famous Ancient Salt Pits of Bo Klua or see sunrise over Nan valley at Wat Khao Noi.
|Hmong people in Nan province|
- National Parks & Caves, where nature meets adventure. Great places for jungle trekking, enjoying nature and wild water rafting. Besides 7 National Parks there are also a few smaller Forests Parks and Royal Projects.
- Temples, as in any place in a Buddhist country there are many temples, mostly build in Tai Lue architecture and some of them have beautiful old murals.
- Markets, Thai people like to eat fresh food so there are markets everywhere and everyday, like the Nan Morning Market and the Nan Weekend Market. Upcountry along the road you will find other kind of markets, the so called Jungle Markets where local mountain people sell their vegetables, herbs and sometimes mushrooms.
- Museums & Art Galleries, although Nan province is in a far away corner of Thailand, you will be surprised to find some nice museums & art galleries.
- Festivals & Events, the most famous festival is the Nan Traditional Boat Racing Festival at the end of the raining season. Running & Bicycling events are the new trend in Thailand and also in Nan province of course.
- Massage, when you are tired of all the impressions than it might be time to take a famous Thai massage at one of the massage saloons.
- Waterfalls, like Namtok Sila Phet and Namtok Tat Luang but there are many more.
- Places of Interest like the Old City Wall, Nan Noble House or Hmong villages in Manipruek.
- Things to Do, like Rafting on the Wa River or Hiking to a Coffee Plantation.
- Old Buildings can luckily still be found in Nan province, but mostly of course in Nan town.
- Memories of Nan province to keep alive the history.
- Bicycling in Nan province with almost empty roads is heaven for bicyclist people.
- Motorbike Riding in Nan province, with stunning routes in the mountains, not much traffic and mostly good roads it is motorbike riding heaven!
When to go?
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Where to go next?
- Chiang Rai, the gateway to the Golden Triangel, is about 220 km North-west of Nan town. A very scenic route passing Waterfalls, National Parks and Mountains along the Thai-Lao border.
- Phrae is about 120 km South of Nan town and is famous for its colonial history from the teak wood industry with many beautiful old teak wooden houses.
- Phayao is about 150 km West of Nan town and located along the beautiful Kwan Phayao lake. A great place to stay overnight and from there to continue to Chiang Mai or Chiang Rai.
- Loei the most off the beaten track province of North-East Thailand is about 370 km South-East of Nan town. The route to Loei is a stunning journey along the Thai-Laos border passing National Parks, Rivers, Waterfalls and old Temples.
- Luang Prabang in Laos is the former royal capital city of Laos. From Nan to Luang Prabang via the International Border Crossing at Huai Kon, is about 370 km and takes about 8 - 10 hours.