This is not about a village or a district but about an area in Nan province called Phu Phayak, what means "Giant Mountain". It was once the place for poppy farming and the battlefield between the Thai soldiers and Communists soldiers in the 1970's. It is famous as being one of the last strongholds of the Communist Party of Thailand (CPT). The reason for having a HQ in this area was of course the difficult accessible mountain range that is bordering (communist) Laos. The area is also home to hill-tribes (Lawa & Hmong) who came from southern-west China. Nowadays the area is home to a few villages that are supported by the "Royal Project Phu Phayak" to help local hill-tribes in a sustainable existence without growing opium.
Phu Phayak is in the most north-eastern part of Nan province, high in the mountains and bordering Laos. The main village is called Ban Nam Ree Pattana, located in tambon Khun Nan in Chaloern Phra Khiat district. 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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|Mountain 708 in Phu Phayak|
What to do in Phu Phayak?The main attraction of Phu Phayak is visiting the remains of the Communist Resistance, Communist Memorial and the Royal Project Coffee Plantations. Famous is the yearly Memorial Service (mid December) at the Communist Memorial of Phu Phayak. Have a look at my postings about Phu Phayak.
For information about other places in Nan province click on their name below here.
How to get to Phu Phayak?
- There is no public transport, the nearest place with public transport would be Huai Kon or Bo Klua. But that would still be about 50 km from Phu Phayak.
- By private car or motorbike just follow route 101 north of Nan town to Pua, then route 1256 to Bo Klua and then route 1081 & Soi 1307 to Phu Phayak. Be aware that the last km's in the valley of Phu Phayak the road become narrow, sometimes steep and is sometimes in bad condition.
Food & Beverages in Phu PhayakAs Phu Phayak is not really a tourist destination to stay overnight there are also no real restaurants. But of course there are some local noodle shops places.
Accommodation in Phu Phayak
As Phu Phayak is not really a tourist destination to stay overnight there is no accommodation, although there are some camping grounds.
Where to go next?
Phu Phayak is about at the end of the world, so going back to Bo Klua or Huai Kon is the only way.
Map of Phu Phayak
|Map of Phu Phayak|
Route from Pua to Phu Phayak
|Route from Nan town to Phu Phayak|
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