About Tha Wang Pha district in Nan province

Tha Wang Pha is a district and small town along the Nan River and is located about 45 km north of Nan town. From Tha Wang Pha goes route 1148 as gateway to Nanthaburi National Park and Chiang Rai. The main attraction nearby is the Wat Nong Bua in a small Tai Lue village about 5 km from Tha Wang Pha town. Tha Wang Pha is a typical small provincial town, too big to be a village and too small to be a town. But there is a Bus Station, Daily Fresh Market, Hospital, there are 3 7-11, PTT gasoline station, banks, etc. The village consists of 1 main street with a few side streets, I assume that this was the old main road from Nan to Pua (as there is now route 101 that goes along the village). Ban Nong Bua and Ban San Charoen are within Tha Wang Pha district. The here also mentioned Ban Pha Kwang is technically just outside Tha Wang Pha district and in Muang district. If you like some help with organizing your holiday anywhere in Thailand send me an email at The Little Elephant Traveling in Thailand

Big Tree in Tha Wang Pha, North Thailand
Big Tree in Tha Wang Pha


How to get to Tha Wang Pha?

  • By public transport you can take the bus from Nan town to Thung Chang and get off at Tha Wang Pha. 
  • By private car or motorbike just follow route 101 in direction of Pua and you will signs for Tha Wang Pha. To get to Ban Nong Bua you can drive into Tha Wang Pha, cross the Nan River and go to the left. But easier would have been to go to the left at route 101 just before you are crossing the Nan River (about 12 km before Tha Wang Pha). This route goes thru 3 small villages and then goes thru Nong Bua and passing Wat Nong Bua.
For information about other places in Nan province click on their name below here.

What to do in Tha Wang Pha district?

In Tha Wang Pha is actually not much to do but it is known for the small village Nong Bua, 2 km south-west of Tha Wang Pha, where you can visit the famous Tai Lue temple Wat Nong Bua. And from Tha Wang Pha in direction of Sila Phet you can visit the now famous Wat Sri Mongkol. Tha Wang Pha is also the gate-way to Phayao and Chiang Rai and along the way are Nanthaburi National Park, Caves, Waterfalls and Coffee Plantations. Have a look at my travel blog postings about Tha Wang Pha.

Food & Beverage in Tha Wang Pha district

  1. Baan Imm Sook Cafe (along route 101)
  2. Baan Rim Nan
  3. Big Bamboo Noodle House
  4. Cafe 637
  5. Cat Cafe (Ban Na Nun)
  6. Caffeine Coffee & Bistro (Ban Na Fa along R1170)
  7. Calm Coffee Space
  8. Hug The Bistro
  9. Nan Waterside Cafe (Ban Pha Kwang)
  10. Nan Si Cafe (Ban Pha Kwang)
  11. Na Fah Garden Cafe & Restaurant (along route 101)
  12. Nix Station Coffee & Fusion drink
  13. Ousa View Cafe (Ban Yu)
  14. Ong Tong Restaurant (along route 101)
  15. Phu Phayak Coffee
  16. Rong Bong Nan Cafe (Ban Sop Nong)
  17. Srinarng kham Coffee (Ban Chiang Lae)
  18. Ting Ling Cafe
  19. View Na Cafe
  20. Wang Phang View Restaurant & Coffee Shop
  21. Wang Matcha Noodles Boat Restaurant 👍
  22. 94 Cafe
  23. 1991 x Cafe in Nan

Accommodation in Tha Wang Pha district

As Tha Wang Pha is not really a tourist destination there is not so much accommodation. Be aware that Tha Wang Pha is about 45 km north of Nan town, it is not a suburb of Nan town! Also Tha Wang Pha district is big so accommodation includes places up-to 10 km from Tha Wang Pha town.

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
  1. Banya Hotel
  2. Coconut Resort
  3. Chill Loft
  4. Chaika Nanan Farmstay (Ban Na Nun)
  5. Chom Nalae Homestay
  6. Ing Nan Farm stay (Ban Chiang Lae)
  7. Nan Napa Resort ฿฿
  8. Nan De Villa (Ban Na Fa along R1170)
  9. Nan Waterside Lodge (Ban Pha Kwang) 🐕
  10. Phu Pipat Resort ฿฿
  11. Rong Bong Nan Lodge (Ban Sop Nong)
  12. View Na Little Home (Ban Thon along R1170)
  13. Wang Pha Chalet ฿฿฿ 
  14. Wang Phang View Camping ฿฿
  15. Ousa View Resort (Ban Yu) ฿฿

    Where to go next?

    From Tha Wang Pha you can go
    • North to Pua via route 101
    • South to Nan town via route 101
    • West to Song Kwae, Chiang Kham and Chiang Rai via route 1148
    • East to Sila Phet via route 1170

    Map of Tha Wang Pha district

    Destination Travel Guide Nan by Traveling 2 Thailand
    Map of Tha Wang Pha district

    Disclaimer : All information is created in good faith and is an expression of fair comment.


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