Ban Pak Nai is a very small village in Na Muen district, about 100 km south of Nan town, along the banks of the Queen Sirikit Lake (part of the Nan River). It looks like time did forget this place and it will disappear in the near future. It may appear as not much special but actually it is a great experience and a part of real upcountry Thailand that still exists in some hidden corners of provinces like Nan. Ban Pak Nai is the place to cross the Queen Sirikit Lake by old fashioned ferry.
At the Northern side of the Queen Sirikit Lake is the village Pak Nai but the ferry landing site on the other side is also considered to be Ban Pak Nai and also within Nan province. But at that side nobody is living except the owner of the one and only floating restaurant there.
|View over Queen Sirikit Lake at Ban Pak Nai|
How to get in Ban Pak Nai?
- There is no public transport to Pak Nai, the closest town with public transport is Na Noi in Nan province or Nam Pat in Uttaradit province.
- By private car or motorbike follow route 101 south of Nan to Wiang Sa and the route 1026 to Na Noi. And from there continue south on route 1026 to Ban Pak Nai.
What to do in Ban Pak Nai?The main attraction of Ban Pak Nai is it being a picturesque fishing village with floating house boats. You can make a beautiful sunset or sunrise boat tour over the lake, go fishing or take the ferry to the other side. The ferry is operated by the locals and there seems to be no schedule. Just ask and wait, time plays no role here. The ferry can take people, motorbikes, cars and even an small truck. For more information see my travel-blog postings about Ban Pak Nai.
Food & Beverages in Ban Pak Nai
In the floating village are .... yes you guessed it right there are floating restaurants.
- Floating Thai Restaurant
Coming from Na Noi on the way to Ban Pak Nai you will be passing
Accommodation in Ban Pak Nai
As there are hardly coming tourists anymore in Pak Nai there is also not much accommodation and it is very basic and not cheap. But the wake-up with sunrise over the lake is really stunning beautiful.
Price category :
Price category :
฿ = Under 600 ฿ (Hostels, Guesthouse's)
฿฿ = 600 - 1.100 ฿ (Boutique hotels)
฿฿฿ = 1.100 - 3.000 ฿ (Midrange hotels)
฿฿฿฿ = 3.000 - 10.000 ฿ (Boutique hotels)
+ means at the high end of the price category
- Floating Hotel ฿฿
Coming from Na Noi on the way to Ban Pak Nai you wil be passing
- Sinn Lodge ฿฿ (along route 1026)
Where to go next?
Coming from Uttaradit with the ferry then the most logical next destination is Na Noi or Nan town. But if you are going in direction of Uttaradit then your next destination might be Nam Pat, Nakhon Thai, Uttaradit or Phitsanulok.