Ban San Charoen is a Yao (Mien) mountain village nestled in a valley along the mountains of Doi Suan Ya Luang on the border of Phayao and Nan province. Ban San Charoen is hidden at the mountainous area at the most western edge of Tha Wang Pha district. In the old days Ban San Charoen was (in)famous for the cultivation of poppy-field for the production of opium. But thanks to Royal Project Ban San Charoen is now home to coffee plantations and producing (roasting) their own coffee beans. Some of the plantations you can even visit and stay in a homestay high in the mountains. A great way of experiencing authentic local life of the mountain people nowadays. Yes of course there are cars and they have electricity, but the older people are still daily wearing their traditional cloths that they make themselves.
Doi Suan Ya Luang rises more as 1600m above sea-level and the top ridge can be reached by a steep dirt road. From here you have a stunning 360° vista over Nan & Phayao province. In the dry season a 4WD car can bring you up or if you are on your off-road motorbike this will be a great trip up. If you like some help with organizing your holiday anywhere in Thailand send me an email at The Little Elephant Traveling in Thailand.
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|Ban San Charoen in Nan province, North Thailand|
How to get to Ban San Charoen?
- There is no public transport going to Ban San Charoen.
- By private car or motorbike just follow route 101 in direction of Tha Wang Pha and then route 1148 in direction of Chiang Rai. After about 20 km there are signs to the left for Ban San Charoen. Be aware that the road becomes very narrow and at some places very steep.
What to do in Ban San Charoen?Besides visiting the village and coffee plantations there is not much else to do in Ban San Charoen as experiencing the local way of life. Best is to contact Lapian Cafe, the owner speaks a bit of English and offers coffee plantation tours and even authentic homestay experience with a trip to the ride of Doi Suan Ya Luang.
For information about other places in Nan province click on their name below here.
Food & Drink in Ban San Charoen
In Ban San Charoen are only a few local shops and of course a coffee shop. There are no real restaurants.
Accommodation in Ban San Charoen
There are no real hotels or guesthouses in Ban San Charoen, only some very basic homestay places.
Where to go next?
Ban San Charoen is a dead-end destination unless you are riding off-road. So you would go back to route 1148 from where the next destination could be Phu Lankha, Phayao or Chiang Rai. Going back the next destination could be Tha Wang Pha, Pua or Chiang Klang.
Map of Ban San Charoen
|Map of Ban San Charoen in Nan province, North Thailand|
Route to Ban San Charoen
|Route to Ban San Charoen in Nan province, North Thailand|
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