Nan Province Travel Guide

Located in the lush valley of the northern region a little more than 400 miles from Bangkok, Nan province offers a number of off-the-beaten-track attractions. Wat Phrathat Chae Haeng pagoda is situated upon a hill on the eastern shore of the Nan river. A bell-shaped chedi plated with copper and brass with a staircase to the Phrathat in the design of a naga is representative of unique Nan art. An annual fair is held on the full moon of the first month replete with a parade and fireworks.

For unspoiled nature and incredible scenery, the Doi Phu Kha National Park warrants a visit. Situated within a mountain range spanning three of Nan’s districts, its highest point rests at just less than 6,500 feet. Popular to a modest degree with outdoor enthusiasts, the park is home to a number of different species of plant and trees, with several waterfalls and interesting caves to explore and a variety of bird life and wildlife to observe.

Not overly difficult to reach by land or air, Nan is served by buses which depart daily from Bangkok’s Northern Terminal (Mo Chit). Travel by car is simple along highways 32, 117, 11 and 101 from Bangkok while daily 90-minute flights offered through PB Air depart from Don Muang Airport.