Nowadays Nan province has an airport, comfortable boutique hotels and trendy coffee shops, along with picturesque villages in the mountains, but 40 years ago Nan province was considered a wild region and sometimes even off-limited for traveling. Time has changed however and the centuries old temples built in Tai Lue architecture style with beautiful murals, green mountains and ethnic minorities are now starting to attract Thai & foreigner tourists. The main destination for visitors to Nan province is its capital Nan town and nearby surroundings. It is however not the only place of interest in Nan province. Especially those who love outdoor activities might find their way to places like Pua, Bo Klua, Chiang Klang, Thung Chang, Na Noi and Mae Charim. Upcountry Nan province offers nature, mountains and culture. From the famous Ancient Salt Pits of Bo Klua and The Yellow Ghost Tribe to Waterfalls, Coffee plantations, Markets and Rivers.
|View from Wat Khao Noi (left) and the Wat Phumin (right)|
Nan town is situated pretty central in the province, along the banks of the Nan River, famous for its Nan Longboat Races. In the part of town that generally is referred to as its Historic Center you will find among others the Wat Phumin, Nan National Museum, parts of the old city wall and traditional old wooden houses.
ClimateThe weather in Nan province is as hot as everywhere in Thailand during the hot season of April and May. Then the monsoon season begins that lasts until end October with chance of heavy rains and some local flooding. From November to March the cool season hits the North of Thailand and temperatures in Nan province may go down to about 5℃ during night time (December-February). Nan province is an attractive destination all year around, but for outdoor activities it is recommended to visit during the cool season, from September to February.
|Hmong people in Nan province|
PeopleThere are about 500.000 people living in Nan province. Nan province is home to descendants of the former rulers of Sukhothai, Laos and Chiang Mai. But also home to the descendants of many ethnic minorities that came to live in the mountains of Nan province. Currently about 10% of the people of Nan province are ethnic minorities with a majority of them being Mien (Yao) and Hmong, but also lesser know Mlabri (Phi Tong Luang), Khamu, Thins and Tai Lue (Thai Lue) and Lua people. The remote and isolated location has without any doubts strongly contributed to the fact that traditional ways of living and many aspects of local cultures are still greatly preserved. Nearly all people now speak Thai, but besides of that also speak their own specific dialect and/or traditional language like Tai Lue or Khamu.
|Old photos of Nan town|
|Seal (left) & old map (right) of Nan province, Thailand|
The provincial seal of Nan province shows a Usuparatch bull carrying the stupa of Phrathat Chae Haeng. The buffalo goes back to a legend that the rulers of Nan and Phrae were brothers, and met at a mountain to decide about the boundary between their lands. The ruler of Nan went there on a buffalo, while the ruler of Phrae went there on a horse.
Orientation & Districts in Nan province
- Mueang - 0 km
- Phu Phiang - 0 km
- Ban Luang - 42 km
- Bo Klua - 85 km
- Chiang Klang - 70 km
- Chaloem Phra Kiat with Huai Kon - 130 km
- Mae Charim - 40 km
- Na Muen - 82 km
- Na Noi - 63 km
- Pua - 62 km
- Santisuk - 30 km
- Song Kwae - 77 km
- Tha Wang Pha - 42 km
- Thung Chang - 80 km
- Wiang Sa - 25 km
- Ban Sapan - 95 km
- Ban Sakad - 82 km
- Ban Kew Muang - 22 km
- Ban Wen - 112 km
- Manipruek - 108 km
- Nong Bua - 40 km
- Pak Nai - 105 km
- Pha Klang - 72 km
- Phu Payak - 130 km
- Sila Phet - 52 km
Orientation of Nan province
- Bangkok - 676 km
- Chiang Rai - 232 km
- Chiang Mai - 335 km
- Phayao - 153 km
- Phrae - 123 km
- Luang Prabang (Laos) - 370 km
- Public hospital located in Nan town, next to the army HQ.
- Address : 1 Worawichai, Tambon Nai Wiang, Amphoe Mueang Nan
- Tel. : 054 719 000
Nan Army Hospital
- Public hospital located along route 1169 (actually on the other side of the Nan River)
- Adress : Route 1169
- Tel. : 054 773035
- There are no private hospitals in Nan province, the nearest would be in Phrae, Lampang or Chiang Rai
- Located in Tha Wang Pha along route 101
- Located in Pua along route 1081
- Located in Bo Klua along route 1256
Medical Clinics in Nan town
- Along Ananta Woraritthi Det road (where also is Sukkasem Hotel) are a few private medical clinics and pharmacy's. Some clinic are open only in the evening.
Nan Tourist Police
- Located in Nan town, between Wat Ming Muang and Wat Si Phan (about 500m west of Hot Bread).
- Tel. : 1155
- Located about 3 km out of of Nan town, along route 1091 in direction of Phayao. Behind the new government buildings. Just follow the signs along route 1091.
- Tel. : 054-716138
Disclaimer : All information is created in good faith and is an expression of fair comment.