Tha Wang Pha is a district and small town along the Nan River and is located about 45 km north of Nan town and is the 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).
|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.
What to do in Tha Wang Pha?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
- Baan Imm Sook Cafe
- Baan Rim Nan
- Big Bamboo Noodle House
- Cafe 637
- Cat Cafe (Ban Na Nun)
- Calm Coffee Space
- Hug The Bistro
- Khing Pho Restaurant (Ban Nong Bua) 👍
- Nan Waterside Cafe (Ban Pha Kwang)
- Nix Station coffee&fusion drink
- Ousa View Cafe (Ban Yu)
- Ong Tong Restaurant
- Phu Phayak Coffee
- Rong Bong Nan Cafe (Ban Sop Nong)
- Srinarng kham Coffee (Ban Chiang Lae)
- Ting Ling Cafe
- View Na Cafe
- Wang Phang View Restaurant & Coffee Shop
- Wang Matcha Noodles Boat Restaurant 👍
- 94 Cafe
- 1991 x Cafe in Nan
Accommodation in Tha Wang Pha district
Price category taking in account the high-season prices :
- Banya Hotel
- Coconut Resort
- Chaika Nanan Farmstay (Ban Na Nun)
- Ing Nan Farm stay (Ban Chiang Lae)
- Nan Napa Resort ฿฿
- Nan De Villa (Ban Na Fa) R1170
- Nan Waterside Lodge (Ban Pha Kwang)
- Phu Pipat Resort ฿฿
- Rong Bong Nan Lodge (Ban Sop Nong)
- Wang Pha Chalet ฿฿฿
- Wang Phang View Camping ฿฿
- Ousa View Resort (Ban Yu) ฿฿
Where to go next?
Map of Tha Wang Pha
Route from Nan to Tha Wang Pha & Nong Bua
|Route from Nan town to Tha Wang Pha|