About Ban San Charoen in Nan province

Ban San Charoen is a Yao (Mien) mountain village in a valley between the mountains on the border of Phayao and Nan province. Ban San Charoen is at the most western edge of Tha Wang Pha district. In the old days this area was (in)famous for the poppy-field plantations for the production of opium. To support the village people in a sustainable existence there is a Royal Project to promote farming coffee plantations instead of poppy fields. And that did work well as there are now many coffee plantations, some 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. 

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

In Ban San Charoen are only a few local shops and of course 2 or 3 coffee shops. There are no real restaurants.

Accommodation in Ban San Charoen

There are no real hotels or guesthouses in Ban San Charoen, only 2 very basic homestay places. And they can only be booked as tour package.

Where to go next?

As you were on route 1148 the next destination could be Phu Lankha, Phayao or Chiang Rai. Going back to Nan province the next destination could be Pua.

Map of Ban San Charoen

Route to Ban San Charoen


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The journey of Traveling 2 Thailand did begin with One Night in Bangkok in 1985 and since 2009 it became a personal non-commercial travel blog as inspiration for traveling & motorbike riding in Thailand. Made just for the sheer love of traveling and sharing experience about traveling in South-East Asia. To travel beyond the beaten track & highlights. Enjoy!