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:: General Information

   A quiet and tranquil province, Nan nestles in a verdant valley in northern Thailand. About 668 kilometres from Bangkok, it covers an area of 11,472 square kilometres and is made up of the following districts: Mueang, Wiang Sa, Na Noi, Pua, Chiang Klang, Tha Wang Pha, Thung Chang, Mae Charim, Ban Luang, Na Mun, Santi Suk, Bo Kluea, Chaloem Phra Kiat, Song Khwae, and Phu Phiang.

   The people of Nan descend from the Lan Changs (Laotians). Their forebears moved to settle around present-day Pua district which is rich in rock salt deposits, about 700 years ago at the time when Sukhothai was becoming the kingdom of the Thais. They subsequently moved south to the fertile Nan River basin which is much more extensive.

   Nan's history is deeply involved with its neighbours, in particular Sukhothai which played an important role in both political and religious terms before Nan became a part of Lanna, Burma and Thailand in that order. Today Nan is still the home of numerous Thai Lue and other hilltribes who retain highly interesting customs and traditions.


:: Festivals
Traditional Boat Race
The Traditional Boat Race is held in October or November each year when the Nan River flows swiftly past the province. It is incorporated with the celebrations of the Black Ivory and the local Kathin ceremony. Boats are dugouts made from large logs ad beautifully decorated. Manned by well-trained oarsmen, the racing boats are lustily cheered on by spectators lining both banks of the river.
Golden Orange and Red Cross Fair

The fair is held annually around mid-December  at the Provincial Stadium.The golden orange, with golden peel and a sweet taste, is a famous crop of Nan Province. The orange's gold colorresults from the difference between day time and night time temperature. Main features in the fair include beauty contests, Golden orange parade contest, Contest, booths displayed by the government and private sectors, and various entertainment.



:: Local Products

Local Musical Instruments

Nan is also noted for making musical instruments which include the Saloh, a violin-like instrument, and the Sueng, similar to a guitar. They are used in bands which can still be heard in certain restaurants in town where they can be bought.


The leading agricultural produce is the Som Si Thong (golden oranges), which are of the same species as oranges of the Central Plain. Because of climatic differences, the local version is golden-skinned and more aromatic. They are in season in December.

Woven Materials and Handicraft

Nans woven materials are distinctively different in terms of designs and production methods from other localities. The most famous pattern is the Lai Nam Lai which resembles waves or stairs. Other designs also reflect the local artistic and creative skills. The materials are used for making dresses, colourful satchels and Tung, a type of pennant used in religious rites. Such products are widely available in town or production centres in rural villages particularly at Ban Nong Bua in Tha Wang Pha district.

In addition, silverware, wood carving and hilltribe handicraft are quite popular with tourist.


:: Amphoe Mae Charim

Nam Wa Rafting

This exciting activity waits for tourists who like to shoot many rapids. Rafting can be accompanied by elephant riding. The suitable time for rafting is from September to February. Visitors can contact travel agencies in the town.

:: Amphoe Mueang

Nan National Museum

The building of the Nan National Museum was actually constructed in 1903 and once the residence of a ruler of Nan. It displays exhibitions concerning the town's history and major structures, evolution of arts in different ages, and numerous ancient objects, the most eminent of which is the Black Ivory. It also provides anthropological information on the northern indigenous people including the several minorities residing in Nan. The museum is open Wednesday-Sunday from nine in the morning until four o'clock in the afternoon.

Wat Chang Kham

Opposite the Nan National Museum is Wat Chang Kham. Its main features are the sculpted upper halves of elephants adorning around the Chedi, a Sukhothai influence. Here have been found stones with ancient Thai scripts relating the alliance between the kings of Nan and Sukhothai when Nan was still and independent state. An ancient golden Buddha is enshrined in the Vihan.

Wat Phaya Wat

This temple is located just before reaching the town on Highway No. 101. An ancient religious site, it has rectangular Chedi bases on which Buddha states are placed around the Chedi structure. Combined artistic influences of Lanna, Lan Chang and native Nan can be detected.

Wat Phra That Chae Hang

Wat Phra That Chae Hang, about 2 kilometres from town on Highway No. 1168, is ancient religious site of the province. Once the centre of the old town, it was moved to its present location in about 1368. It features a 55 metre-high golden Chedi containing a Holy Relic from Sukhothai. Over the Vihan's door frames and on parts of the roofs are plaster designs in the shape of Naga, the great serpent, which represent the artistic best in local architecture.

Wat Phumin

A uniquely designed and the most interesting temple in Nan is Wat Phumin, which has a 4-portico, single building housing both the Ubosot and Vihan. Four Buddha statues with their backs against one another are installed in the main hall facing the four directions. The doors are delicately carved in splendid designs by Lanna craftsmen.

Wat Phumin underwent a major restoration in 1867 since it was built some 27 years ago. It is believed that the wall murals were commissioned during this time. The wall paintings, in Thai Lu style are considered highly valuable and depict legends concerning the Lord Buddha as well as local legends and the local way of life, which include native attires, weaving and commerce with foreign countries.

Wat Suan Tan

Wat Suan Tan, built in 1230, features an old, beautifully-shaped Chedi and houses a huge bronze Buddha statue, Phra Chao Thong Thip cast by a king of Chiang Mai in 1450.

:: Amphoe Na Muen

Ban Pak Nai

Ban Pak Nai, about 22 kilometres along the road winding over the shoulder of the mountain some 96 kilometres from the provincial town, is a fishing village on the bank of the fresh-water lake above the Sirikit Dam in Uttaradit province. Local rafts are turned into restaurants and accommodations for visitors who prefer vacationing amid peaceful natural surrounding. The most famous food is the many kinds of fresh-water fish caught in the lake.

:: Amphoe Na Noi
Hom Chom

Hom Chom is a natural geological occurrence located about 10 kilometres from Na Noi district on Highway No. 1083. The site is characterised by a large earthen mould eroded by the elements through the ages, leaving only hard eastern columns, whose exotic shapes and forms can be interpreted as differently as the imagination goes.

Si Nan National Park

The Si Nan National Park covers extensive forested and mountainous areas. Pha Chu is the major attraction in the park. The cliff can be reached by taking the Nan-Wiang Sa - Na Noi route for 135 kilometres, then turning into Highway No. 1083 and on for another 22 kilometres. The cliff-stop offers an excellent viewing point to enjoy a panoramic vista of the mountains. A national flag pole has a lanyard running all the way down to the foot of the hill, the longest in the country. There are camping areas for visitors in the park.

:: Amphoe Pua

Doi Phu Kha National Park

To the north of Nan along Highway No. 1080 in Nong Bua district and with a further distance of 25 kilometres on the route to Bo Kluea district lies the Doi Phu Kha National Park. The terrain is mainly forested lands on limestone mountain ranges, the source of several streams which merge into the Nan River. The elevation is about 1,900 metres above sea level.

Here are found several rare and near-extinct floras, particularly the Chomphu Phu Kha, whose pink flowers are in full bloom during February. In the morning, a sea of mist can be seen drifting across the valley. There are also several scenic waterfalls. Permits to camp can be applied for. Alternatively, tourists may choose to utilise the accommodation services in the park.

:: Amphoe Tha Wang Pha

Thai Lue Village Ban Nong Bua

This village is about 40 kilometres to the north of the town on Highway No. 1080, with an additional 3 kilometres after the left turn into the village in Tha Wang Pha district. The Thai Lue people living at Ban Nong Bua are noted or producing the traditional tribal fabric, an art handed down from generation to generation. It has also been improved in the designs but still retaining the original patterns. The native woven materials have now become a highly popular buy among tourist.

Wat Nong Bua

Wat Nong Bua in Nong Bua village of Tha Wang Pha district was built by Thai Lue craftsmen who had early migrated from southern China. Apart from the Vihan which is adorned with elaborate carvings, there are also wall murals painted by Thai Lue artists some one hundred years ago. Their artistic value and degree of perfection equal those at Wat Phumin.


:: Amphoe Mueang

Ban Thananchai

   1 Chettabut Road, Amphoe Mueang, Nan  (beside Si Nan School)
   (hand-woven cloth and silverware)
   Tel :: 0 5471 0515
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304-306 Sumonthewarat Road, Amphoe Mueang, Nan
(hand-woven cloth)
Tel :: 0 5471 0016, 0 5477 1357
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Nan-Phayao Road (Km.2), Amphoe Mueang, Nan
Tel :: 0 5471 0177
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36/1 Rangsikasam Road, Amphoe Mueang, Nan
(silverware & hand-woven cloth)
Tel :: 0 5477 2773
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Fai Ngoen

376/3 Yantrakitkoson Road, Amphoe Mueang, Nan
(hand-woven cloth and silverware)
Tel :: 0 5474 1564
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Phatthana Thaipayap Association

24 Chettabut Road, Amphoe Mueang, Nan
open Mon to Fri 8 am 5 pm
(hilltribe products)
Tel :: 0 5471 0230, 0 5477 2520
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247 Sumonthewarat Road, Amphoe Mueang, Nan
(hand-woven cloth)
Tel :: 0 5471 0725
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Sa-ne Lanna

61 Mu 4, Ban Chedi, Tambon Du Tai, Amphoe Mueang, Nan
(hand-woven cloth)
Tel :: 0 5477 1823
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Yantrakitkoson Road, Amphoe Mueang, Nan
(silk and cotton products)
Tel :: 0 5474 1720
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:: Amphoe Pua

Ban Hia Weaving Village

141 Mu 11, Tambon Silalaeng, Pua-Pakang Road, Amphoe Pua, Nan (before Pa Pua Phukha Hotel)
*Thai Lues hand-woven products
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Mu 9 , Ban Pa Klang, Tambon Silalaeng, Amphoe Pua, Nan
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Fai Doi

Mu 8 ,Ban Don Kaeo, Tambon Woranakhon, Amphoe Pua, Nan
*hand-woven cloth
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Nam Chai

Mu 2, Tambon Pakang, Amphoe Pua, Nan
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Pa Klang HilltribeVillage

Tambon Sila, Amphoe Pua, Nan (69 kms. from Nan)
*hillttribe products
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:: Amphoe Mueang


37/4 Rat Amnuai Road, Amphoe Mueang, Nan
open 10 am 2 pm and 5 -10 pm
*Thai & European foods
Tel :: 0 5475 0258
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 Hot Bread

38/1-2 Suriyapong Road, Tambon Nai Wieng, Amphoe Mueang, Nan (Nearby Nan National Museum)
*Bakery and Veggie Food (recommend dish: Fried Cashew Nuts)
Tel :: 0 1308 5494
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Ruean Kaeo

1/1 Sumonthewarat Road, Amphoe Mueang, Nan
open 10.00 am - 10.00 pm
*Thai, Chinese and local food
Tel :: 0 5471 0631
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Suriya Gargen

9 Sumonthewarat Road, Amphoe Mueang, Nan
open 11.00 am 12.00 pm
Thai, Chinese and local food
Tel :: 0 54 710687, 0 5477 2980
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75/23 Anantaworaritthidet Road, Amphoe Mueang, Nan
open 7.00 am 8.30 pm
Tel :: 0 5471 0930
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 Ton Nam Noodle Shop

38/1-2 Suriyapong Road, Tambon Nai Wieng, Amphoe Mueang, Nan (Nearby Nan National Museum)
*Noddle and Khao Soi
Tel :: 0 130815494
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Ya Chai

34/2 Sumonthewarat Road, Amphoe Mueang, Nan
open 6.00 12.00 pm
*European food
Tel :: 0 5477 1401
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To Stay

:: Amphoe Mueang

City Park

99 Mu 4 Yantrakitkoson Road, Tambon Du Tai, Amphoe Mueang, Nan
Tel :: 0 5474 1343-52 Fax:: 0 5477 3135
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 Dhevaaraj Hotel 

446 Sumonthewarat Road, Amphoe Mueang, Nan
Tel :: 0 5471 0212, 0 5475 1557, 0 5475 1106-9 Fax :: 0 5477 1365
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Fa Thanin

303 Anantaworaritthidet Road, Amphoe Mueang, Nan
Tel :: 0 5475 7321-4 Fax :: 0 5475 7327
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Nan Fa

436-438-440 Sumonthewarat Road, Tambon Nai Wiang, Amphoe Mueang, Nan
Tel :: 0 5471 02847
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Nan Guesthouse

57/16 Mahaphrom Road, Amphoe Mueang, Nan
Tel :: 0 5477 1849, 0 1288 8484
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 The Water Side 

293 Moo 10 Ban Mai Pha Kwang, Tambon Bo, Amphoe Mueang, Nan
Tel :: 0 5470 1001 Fax :: 0 5479 8018
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:: How To Get There

By Car

From Bangkok, take Highway No. 32 to Nakhon Sawan and use Highway No. 117 to Phitsanulok, Highway No. 11 to Amphoe Den Chai, then take Highway No. 101 to Nan via Phrae, a total distance of 668 kilometres.

By Bus

Transport Co. Ltd. operates bus services from Bangkok's Mochit 2 Bus Terminal to Nan every day. Call 0 2936 2852-66 or visit for more information. Other private companies are such as Phrae Tour Tel: 0 2245 2369, Sombat Tour Tel: 0 2936 2495-6 and Choetchai Tour Tel: 0 5471 0362 (Nan Office).


By Air

Thai Airways flies from Bangkok to Nan every day. Call 1566 or visit for more information.


Distances from Amphoe Mueang to Other Districts

Ban Luang

 76 kilometres

Chiang Klang

 86 kilometres

Thung Chang

 80 kilometres

Na Muen

 45 kilometres

Mae Charim

 38 kilometres

Song Khwae

 75 kilometres

Tha Wang Pha

 43 kilometres

Na Noi

 60 kilometres

Bo Kluea

133 kilometres


 60 kilometres

Wiang Sa

 25 kilometres

Santi Suk

 32 kilometres






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