About National Parks & Caves in Nan province

Destination Travel Guide Nan by Traveling 2 Thailand
View point 1715 at Doi Phu Kha National Park


In Nan province are are 7 National Parks and a few smaller Caves, Forests, Parks and Royal Projects. Where nature meets adventure, great places for jungle trekking, enjoying nature or wild water rafting. Doi Phu Kha National Park is the longest stretched National Park of Thailand, bordering Laos and with the highest peak of 1.980m above sea-level. 

When to visit?

Although all National Parks in Thailand can be visited the all year around there are some parks that close in the raining season depending on how much rain there is. The National Parks in Nan province are best to be visited at the end of the raining season or during the cool season, so from September to February. From March to June it will become a bit hot for hiking in National Parks.

Entrance fee

Most times for National Parks in Thailand you will have to pay an entrance fee, for what foreigners have the privilege to pay 4 or 20 time as much as Thai people. Although not all National Parks in Nan province do enforce the rule of entrance fee at all or the special foreigner entrance fee, but some National Parks in Nan province that will enforce the entrance fee rules and even dual-price entrance fee. For the latter I am sure Lord Buddha will reward them.

Be aware that Doi Phu Kha National Park due to greed is enforcing a dual-price entrance fee and that foreigners tourists and foreigners living & paying tax in Thailand are privileged to pay 10 times more (200 ฿) as Thai people (20 ฿). Showing a Thai driver license or pink ID card does not help. And yes although most Thai visitors of National Parks in Thailand are driving a nice SUV car they pay 20 ฿. Lets be honest even 20 ฿ is too much for a real poor Thai family that makes 200 ฿ - 300 ฿ per day. So they almost never go to National Parks or waterfalls where any entrance fee is enforced.

Park rules

Since 2017 you are not allowed anymore to drink alchohol in National Parks, this thanks
to people who can not control themselves while drinking alchohol and start fighting or being an disturbance to other people (or animals). 

Opening times

Most National Parks are open from about 8:00 - 18:00 everyday. But due to bad weather or breeding time of animals some National Parks are closed some months in the year. Most times in the raining season. For more information see Department of National Parks Thailand.

Accommodation

Most National Parks have some simple bungalows or rooms as accommodation or camping grounds. But not all, check before you are going! You can make reservations ahead via the website DNP ReservationsThe mountains in the National Parks of Nan are a magnet for Thai tourists during the cool season from November to January, especially in weekend or holidays. So plan your trip accordingly.

Following is a list of National Parks, Caves and Royal Project in Nan province with the distance from Nan Airport in Nan town.
  1. Doi Phu Kha National Park - 83 km Dual price entrance!
  2. Mae Charim National Park - 56 km
  3. Khun Sathan National Park - 93 km
  4. Nanthaburi National Park & Doi Wao - 76 km
  5. Khun Nan National Park - 90 km
  6. Sri Nan National Park & Doi Sammer Dao - 82 km
  7. Phu Fa Royal Project - 90 km
  8. Tham Pha Tub Forest Park - 10 km
  9. Tham Sakoen National Park - 113 km
  10. Tham Pha Phueng - 107 km

For information about other places in Nan province click on their name below here.

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