About Pua district in Nan province

Pua is a district in the northern part of Nan province, about 60 km north of Nan town. A group of 8 villages as Ban Prang makes Pua town. Nowadays Pua is a small provincial town but it is said that Pua was where the Tai Lue and other migrants settled first before settling in what is now Nan town. Although you not find direct remains of the old Pua some temples in Pua are said to be older as the oldest temples in Nan town. And the small city wall is 100% new, and one could even doubt if there has ever been a city wall. Pua town is along the Pua River in a valley surrounded by the mountains of Doi Phu Kha, that are part of the Luang Prabang mountain range. And although Pua at first does not look like a tourist destination it is a great base to stay while exploring the northern parts of Nan province like Manipruek, Doi Phu Kha and Bo Klua. Pua has all the accommodation you need from simple guesthouses & homestay's to comfortable resorts with swimming pool. And there are a few nice restaurants & pubs in town to enjoy the evening. For the market lovers there are 2 main fresh markets, the morning market (Pua Farmer Market) along route 101 and the evening market near the round-about. Then there is a Weekend Market (sometimes even 2), mostly at the round-about and also sometimes next to the Tesco-Lotus. Pua is the center for the Tai Lue & Hmong hill-tribe people who are living in small villages nearby like Pha Klang and in the mountains of Doi Phu Kha National Park. Ban Sakad, Sila Phet and Ban Pa Luang are within Pua district.

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View from Wat Phuket in Pua

Orientation in Pua town

Pua town consists of what could be considered the old part of town where is the round-about with the clock tower and Pua Evening Market. Then there is the newer part of town along route 101 with the new center of town at the main T-intersection of town with the Morning Market, Pua Songtheauw Station and the old PTT Gasoline Station. There are 4 7-11's in town and a Tesco-Lotus supermarket. The most coffee shops, restaurants & pubs are along route 101 in the center of town. For information about other places in Nan province click on their name below here.


How to get there & away?

  • By public transport take the bus from Nan town to Thung Chang and get off in Pua. Some inter-regional busses passing Nan town and Pua will also accept passengers from Nan town to Pua.
  • By private car or motorbike there are 2 routes from Nan town to Pua. The fastest is to just follow route 101 north of Nan town, passing Tha Wang Pha. The most scenic route would be route 1169 and 1081 via Santisuk. About same distance but more mountains and surely for motorbike riding highly recommended!
But Pua is public transport wise a bit weird place, there is indeed the Pua Bus Station. This bus station is openend in 2017 and now in 2021 it starts to be used more and more by all bus companies. But still it looks like an old & abandoned bus station and is out of town (what is weird for a small town like Pua).

Then there is a kind of Pua Songtheauw Station, it is not really a station but a parking place where the Songtheauws park and wait for customers. It is along route 1081 about 100m from the main T-intersection in Pua town, opposite the old PTT Gasoline station. From here you can take a Songtheauw to place's within or near Pua district like Bo Klua and Pha Klang. But you can also rent a Songtheauw for a private trip to anywhere in Pua or even to Nan.

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What to do in Pua?

Pua itself is famous for its beautiful views over Pua valley and the mountains of Doi Phu Kha. And ofg course for visiting the Wat Phuket. And Pua is a great base to stay while exploring the northern parts of Nan province like Doi Phu Kha, Manipruek, Bo Klua and Chiang Klang. And for people who like to make selfies visiting the Wat Phuket or the remake City Wall of Pua are the places to go. Read more at my Travel-blog about Pua. And of course Pua is a great base to make motorbike tours in the Northern part of Nan province. Other things to do in Pua are 

Points of Interest in & near Pua

  1. Wang Sila Laeng : A kind of mini Grand Canyon about 5 km east of Pua town
  2. Doi Phu Kha National Park : Along route 1256 about 30 km from Pua town
  3. Ban Tai Lue OTOP : Selling traditional cloths from Tai Lue & Hmong hill-tribes
  4. Doi Silver OTOP : Factory & showroom of the famous silverware
  5. Ban Sakad : Mountain village about 20 km from Pua
  6. Tat Luang Waterfall : About 15 km from Pua
  7. Hat Nam Pua : Along the Pua River and only in the cool & hot season
  8. Phaeo Phafai : Traditional weaving of Tai Lue cloths in Ban Hia

Markets in Pua

Have a look at my travel-blog about Markets in Pua :
  1. Evening Market : Near the round-about in Pua town
  2. Farmers Market : Along route 101
  3. Wednesday Market : Along route 1081
  4. Walking Street Pua : At the round-about, only at Friday, Saturday & Sunday

Temples in Pua

Have a look at my travel-blog about Temples in Pua :
  1. Wat Phuket Sonthaya, 3 km east of Pua town, a modern temple where is also a school for young monks but most people visit this temple for the stunning view over the valley of Pua.
  2. Wat Phrathat Beng Sakat, behind the Farmers Market and with a nice view. Under the temple is a replica of the "old city" wall of Pua.
  3. Wat Prang (in town)
  4. Wat Hia, in Ban Hia about 4 km east of Pua town, a modern temple with beautiful murals.
  5. Wat Phra That Chom Cheang
  6. Wat Ban Ton Leang, an old temple in Tai Lue style (in town)
  7. Wat Phra That Sila Leng
  8. Wat Rong Ngae, in Ban Rong Ngae, said to be the oldest temple in Nan province but the temple itself is more or less new
  9. Old temple ruin

Festivals in Pua

  1. Hercules Festival
  2. Hmong New Year, celebrated in Pua town and Pha Klang.

    Food & Beverages in Pua

    There is a good selection of restaurants, coffee shops and even pubs (🍺) in Pua for lunch and dinner. Coffee Shops are serving of course Hot & Cold drinks and sometimes also cakes and other sweet desserts. Some coffee shops also serve Thai snacks or the very popular Italian spaghetti. As of restaurants you should consider them all serving Thai food only, except when when marked for Western food. Some restaurants are actually a kind of pub and some pubs are actually also a restaurant.

    For Thai food our favourite is Plara Hom Cafe serving delicious Isaan food. For the best western food Little La Cuisine Restaurant is recommended. My newest favourite coffee shop is Shanthi Cafe, on the south side of Pua town. Not for the location but for the wonderful choice of delicious drinks & cakes. 

    Pua can be divided in "Pua town", what is considered to be the part west of route 101. And "Out of Pua town" what is considered to be along route 101, along route 1081 or in between the rice fields. 

    In Pua town :

    1. Amante Baristro Cafe Pua
    2. Baan Choeng Doi Restaurant
    3. Cacao Valley Coffee Shop 👍
    4. Duen Pen Restaurant
    5. Food Center
    6. Hang Out Cafe & Coffee Shop 
    7. Hom Duan Restaurant                       
    8. IMF Restaurant for Thai & Western food
    9. Little La Cuisine Restaurant for Western food 👍 
    10. Pua Steakhouse Restaurant
    11. Pua Seafood
    12. Quan Pawin Coffee Shop
    13. Renu Restaurant
    14. Shanthi Cafe 👍

    Out of Pua town :

    1. Andres Bar (along route 101)
    2. Adonis Coffee Shop (along route 1256) 👍
    3. Ban Tai Lue Cafe (along route 1081) 
    4. Baan Klang Na Cafe Pua 🌾
    5. Baan Hua Nam Mushroom Farm Restaurant & Coffee Shop
    6. Baan Kang Hun Cottage (The Windmill along route 1256) 
    7. Cafe De Pua (along route 101)
    8. Chomphu Phukha Restaurant (along route 101) 👍
    9. East meets West Restaurant (Ban Rong Ngae) for Thai & Western food
    10. Go High'O Cafe (along route 101)
    11. Hug Na Tai Lue (near Wat Phuket)
    12. Kang Tong Cafe
    13. Kanom Jen Hoika Buffet Restaurant (Ban Hia)
    14. Linda's Restaurant (along route 1081)
    15. Laap Phed Yaso Restaurant  (Duck specialist, along route 101) 👍
    16. Lets Go Pua Restaurant & Coffee Shop 👍
    17. Ma Pua Cafe
    18. Mai Ngam CAMP Pub & Restaurant 🌾🍺
    19. Mum Made Cafe (near Wat Phuket)
    20. Na Khao Rao Nan Cafe (with view over Pua valley)
    21. Pua Farmers Evening Market (along route 101)
    22. Pua 87 Restaurant (along route 1081)
    23. Plara Hom Cafe (Thai & Issan food along route 101) 👍
    24. Rai Ton Rak Restaurant & Coffee Shop 🌾
    25. Salad NAi SHANG คาเฟ่หลังอู่  (along route 101)
    26. Seed Pub & Restaurant (along route 101) 🍺 
    27. Sep Ilee Restaurant (Som Tam & Kai Yang, along route 101) 👍
    28. The Port Restaurant (Korean BBQ, along route 101)
    29. U-Turn Bar (along route 101) 🍺
    30. Wan Amoen (formerly Grey Cafe, along route 1081)
    31. 1990's Pub  (along route 101) 🍺
    32. 29 Healing Space (with view over Pua valley)

    Accommodation in Pua

    Nan province used to be of little intrest of travellers and Pua was totally of the tourist map. But since a few years those days are gone and Pua is nowadays a good selection of accommodation available from simple guesthouses to luxury boutique hotels, some even with a swimming pool. As the prime asset of Pua is the countryside of Pua valley you will also find most accommodation out of Pua town, mostly between the rice-fields. Most accommodation is small scale and privately managed with maximum 4 rooms but in the cool season they offer a tent for camping. But also here the new trend is boutique homestay's with open-air bathtub or jacuzzi. Be aware that Pua is 60 km north of Nan town, it is not a suburb of Nan town! 

    Following is a list of almost all accommodation in Pua district, now more as 87 are listed! In some of the accommodation I have personally stayed and most others I have personally visited & checked, all of these accommodation have a Comprehensive Reviews of accommodation. Other accommodation that I did not visit have a link to their website or facebook page.

    Price category taking in account the low- & 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)
    +        =  at the high end or a bit more of the price category

    🌾 = located between the rice fields

    Within Pua town you will find the following accommodation :

    Outside Pua town you will find the following accommodation :

    1. Area 21 @ Pua (private glamping) 🌾 ฿฿฿+
    2. Apollo Hill ฿฿+
    3. Baan Him Na Pua 🌾 ฿฿฿
    4. Baan Kang Hun Cottage 🌾 ฿฿฿
    5. Baan Klang Na Homestay 🌾 ฿฿
    6. Baan Mai Plaina 🌾
    7. Baan Ma Dee 🌾
    8. Baan Na Chomjan (Ban Hia) 🏊 ฿฿฿+
    9. Baan Pak Glang Toong
    10. Baan Pak Chomdoi
    11. Baan Suan Hin Hin 🌾
    12. Baan Suan Nai Fun Homestay  👍 ฿฿ 
    13. Baan Tai Lue Homestay 🌾 ฿฿
    14. Bee Bee Home  🌾 ฿฿
    15. C View Home 🏊 ฿฿฿+
    16. Cutter Flower Camping Pua 🌾
    17. Daidip Daidee Pua Nan  🌾 👍 ฿฿ 
    18. Earth House 🌾 ฿฿
    19. Flower House Farm ฿฿฿+
    20. Golden Hotel ฿฿
    21. Hin Pha Homestay & Camping 🌾 ฿฿+
    22. Hug Nam Pua ฿
    23. Hug Pua Hotel
    24. Huen Sala Homestay
    25. Huen Tem Saeng 🌾
    26. Huen Hug Homestay🌾
    27. Hom Hug Gallery Homestay ฿฿฿
    28. Iaun View Pua Na
    29. I'mbn Hostel & Cafe ฿
    30. In Na Ta Sri Camping 🌾
    31. Ing Doi Pua ฿฿+
    32. Jommy Cottage
    33. Kang Tong Resort
    34. Koom Nadee Pua ฿฿
    35. Kin Lom Chom View 👍 🌾 ฿฿+
    36. Khun Pua Resort 🌾 ฿฿฿+
    37. Loft Pua Homestay  🌾 ฿฿+
    38. Mon Pua Homestay 🌾 ฿฿+
    39. Ming Tip Homestay
    40. Nala View Resort & Camping ฿฿+
    41. Nan @Pua Resort
    42. Nakorn Nan Hotel
    43. Nantra Kiri Resort ฿฿฿
    44. Na Doi View ฿+
    45. Na Pua Homestay 👍
    46. Na Lao Khao Slay Homestay
    47. Non Na Pua Homestay (Ban Hia) 👍 🌾 ฿฿
    48. No. 45 Homestay (Ban Hia)
    49. Oopkeauw Resort
    50. Parichart Place
    51. Panyha Homestay
    52. Papua Bhuka Hotel ฿฿
    53. Pak Ping InNa Homestay 🌾
    54. Pang Chompu 🌾
    55. Paisanae Faikeng Resort 🌾 ฿฿+
    56. Pua Avana 🌾
    57. Pun Fai Homestay (Ban Hia) ฿฿
    58. Pua Pattra Hotel ฿฿+
    59. Pua Tranquil Vista Homestay (Ban Sala) 👍 ฿฿ 
    60. Pua Good View Homestay 🌾 ฿฿
    61. Pua Valley Resort
    62. Pua Green Leaf Homestay 👍 ฿฿+
    63. Pua De View Boutique Resort  🏊 ฿฿฿ 
    64. Pua Panorama Resort
    65. Phu Resort 🌾 ฿+
    66. Phu Khu Chan Homestay
    67. Phuka Mountain View Resort
    68. Phukha Homestay
    69. Prang Thong Hotel
    70. QQ Home ฿
    71. Rai Ton Rak Farm Resort 🌾 ฿฿฿
    72. Ritrada Home 🌾 ฿฿
    73. Rong Ngae Villa
    74. Sapoy Home ฿+
    75. Sukja House
    76. Suan Ban Puean 
    77. Sleep & Fishing Pua ฿฿
    78. Tai Lue Homestay
    79. Tanong Homestay 🌾
    80. Toob Nam Pua Beach & Camping ฿
    81. Tong Loung Pua Camping 🌾
    82. Toobna Homestay 🌾
    83. Ton Leang Homestay 🌾
    84. Vida Home
    85. Vieng Pua Homestay 🌾
    86. Wang Nam Pua Ban Nafang ฿
    87. Yonyapa's Home ฿฿

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    Emergencies in Pua

    • Crown Prince Pua Hospital, along route 1081 about 3 km east from the main T-intersection
    • Pua Police Station, along route 1081 about 1 km east from the main T-intersection

    Gasoline stations in Pua

    • PTT Gasoline station, along route 101 on the north side of town. Here is also an Amazon Coffee Shop, 7-11, Pharmacy, Kerry Express, OTOP shop and Five Star Chicken.
    • Shell Gasoline station along route 101 in town when you go from Pua to Nan.
    • Bang Chak Gasoline station along route 101, just 2 km before town coming from Nan.

    Shopping in Pua

    • Tesco-Lotus Super Market (along route 101 & north of town)
    • There are four 7-11's : 
      • Near the hospital
      • Near the T-intersection
      • Near the round-about 
      • At the PTT gasoline station.
    • Near the round-about are a few local supermarkets
    • Doi Silver OTOP, factory & showroom of the famous silverware
    • Lamduan Woven Shop, selling traditional cloths from Tai Lue & Hmong hill-tribes
    • Along route 101 near the T-intersection are most of the shops in Pua like motorbike shops, Gold Shops, 20 bath shops, Banks (Kasikorn, Krungthai, Bangkok Bank), Hardware shops, Telephone shops.

    Where to go next?

    Depends of course where you came from, if you came from Chiang Rai or Laos it would make sense to go southwards to Nan, Na Noi or Phrae. But if you came from Nan then it would make sense to go northwards to Thung Chang, Manipruek, Bo Klua or even Laos. Or westwards to Song Kwae, Chiang Kham and Chiang Rai.

    Map of Pua district

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    Pua district in Nan province

    Map of Pua town

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    Map of Pua town in Nan province


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

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