About Tha Wang Pha district & Ban Nong Bua 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, 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 San Charoen is within Tha Wang Pha district.


Destination Travel Guide Nan by Traveling 2 Thailand
Old man playing music at Wat Nong Bua 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
  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. Khing Pho Restaurant (Ban Nong Bua) 👍
  10. Nan Waterside Cafe (Ban Pha Kwang)
  11. Nix Station Coffee & Fusion drink
  12. Ousa View Cafe (Ban Yu)
  13. Ong Tong Restaurant
  14. Phu Phayak Coffee
  15. Rim Nan Cafe Tha Wang Pha (Ban Nong Bua)
  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. White Cafe (near Ban Nong Bua)
  23. 94 Cafe
  24. 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 taking in account the high-season prices :
฿       =       Under 600 ฿ (Hostels, Guesthouses)
฿฿     =    600 -   1.100 ฿ (Boutique style Guesthouse)
฿฿฿   = 1.100 -   3.000 ฿ (Midrange Hotels & Resorts)
฿฿฿฿ = 3.000 - 10.000 ฿ (Boutique Hotels & Resort)
  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?

    Tha Wang Pha is a bit in the middle of going everywhere. Going northwards to Pua and Bo Klua, going southwards to Nan town. Going westwards to Chiang Rai and going eastwards to Sila Phet.

    Map of Tha Wang Pha town

    Destination Travel Guide Nan by Traveling 2 Thailand
    Location on Google Maps

    Route from Nan town to Tha Wang Pha & Ban Nong Bua

    Destination Travel Guide Nan by Traveling 2 Thailand
    Route from Nan town to Tha Wang Pha

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


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