Nan Travel Guide - Wat Phra That Khao Noi
The famous viewpoint of Nan’s city center from Wat Phra That Khao Noi – Nan Travel Guide

Introduction to Nan Travel Guide

Nan is one of the Northern Thailand’s provinces. The neighboring provinces are Uttradit, Phrae, and Phayao. The province has numerous historic temples and teak wooden houses, where foreign tourists are few and people still enjoy the Northern Thai people’s traditional slow lifestyle.

For centuries, Nan was an isolated, independent kingdom with little connections to the rest of the region. The Phukha dynasty, who ruled the territory, was linked to the founders of Vientiane, but it became affiliated with the Sukhothai kingdom since it was easier to approach from the south than the east or west. When Sukhothai’s strength waned in the 15th century, the area became a vassal of the kingdom of Lannathai. When Lannathai was under Burmese control, Nan fought to liberate itself several times without success, leading to Burmese dominance over Nan from 1714 until 1788. Later, Nan recognized Siam as the territory’s new ruler and fully integrated into Thailand in 1931.

The city center of Nan is a charming little town with a distinct historical center, located in the most eastern section of Northern Thailand in the valley of its namesake river. The town is the seat of the same-named province, which is home to high-mountain hill tribal communities, numerous waterfalls, and seven national parks.

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How to get to Nan

Map of Nan Province

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Top Attractions in Nan

Wat Phra That Khao Noi

Wat Phra That Khao Noi

A gorgeous temple famed for its iconic walking Buddha statue.

Doi Phu Kha National Park

Doi Phu Kha National Park

A lovely lush national park next to Pua district.

Wat Phra That Chang Kham Worawihan

Wat Phra That Chang Kham Worawihan

An ancient temple with a chedi in the Burmese style.

Northern Thailand - Sri Nan National Park - Doi Samer Dao

Sri Nan National Park

A national park that includes the well-known Doi Samer Dao and Pha Chu.

Wat Phumin

Wat Phumin

A temple with stunning architecture and mural paintings.

Khun Nan National Park

A national park that is home to the famed Sapan Waterfall.

Sapan Village

Sapan Village

A tiny and calm community nestled in the mountains’ natural beauty.

Wat Phuket (Nan)

Wat Phuket

A temple best known for its beautiful landscape.

Wat Phra That Chae Haeng

The 14th century temple home to a large golden pagoda.

Side Trips

External Resources

Nan Travel Guide - Wat Phra That Chang Kham at Night
Wat Phra That Chang Kham Worawihan at night – Nan Travel Guide

Summary of Nan Travel Guide

The province of Nan is typical Thai countryside. The territory is densely forested, which attracts attention notably during the monsoons. Tourists frequently ignore this lovely northern outpost in favor of Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai. While its natural beauty still exists, enough development has reached this northern province, including Nan Nakhon Airport, which provides flights to and from Bangkok. Visitors that make it to Nan will be rewarded with breathtaking mountain landscapes, delectable cuisine, and a historic provincial capital. Still unable to make the choice? Check out other famous provinces in Thailand:

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