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It is time to go travelling again. So, I think I go around Nan province. Do you want to join my trip? Are you ready? Let’s go!


Nan is a province in the North of Thailand which borders Laos. Amazingly this northern province, where is covered with beautiful forests and mountains, is an ancient area for salt production. There are two salt extraction sites in Nan province which are in the north and the south of Bo Kluae District. Moreover, rock salt extracted here is sold for just 20 baht per bag. I guarantee that the size of 20 baht bag will fulfill your lifetime need for iodine. Furthermore, you are allowed to observe salt demonstrations.



The next place, that I want to show you, is Doi Phu Kha National Park. A limestone region of caves, waterfalls and fossils. The very rare Bretschneidera sinensis Hemsl or Chomphu Phukha and Gaiant mountain fishtail palm or Tao Rang Yak Phukha can be seen here. The Chomphu Phukha only  blooms in summer. I made a decision to walk along the rugged Chomphu Phukha Natural Way to experience the beauty of rainforest plants, Tao Rang Yak, Phufha Waterfall, Yod Wiman Cave, Pha Kong Cave, and the top of Doi Phu Wae.


We have visited two of the natural attractions. Then, we will go to see some northern style murals. The first one is at Phumin Temple. You will be able to see a mural which is locally called Hoop Taem. The mural of this temple shows Buddhist allegories and the way of life in ancient times. The most interesting picture is named Pu Man Ya Man which is about Tai Lue man and woman whispering to each other. The second mural is at Nong Bua Temple. The mural of this temple depicts allogories Buddha’s biography, and living conditions of ancient people especially woman’s cloth which is called Tin Jok. Nowadays, Tin Jok is still sold as a popular craft of the Tai Lue people.



The last place that I want to take to there is  the Nan Art Gallery (Hor Sin Rim Nan) where you can see various elegant pictures by well-known artists especially Maha Chakri Sirindhorn. The pictures are regularly changed and most of them are painted by Winai Prabripu who is the owner. You have to pay 20 baht to visit some parts of the gallery.


How do you feel about our Nan trip? There are many interesting activities and discoveries in this remote and out of the ordinary region did know that there were such amazing things in Thailand. See you so soon.

  How to get there

Arriving in Nan


Overland from Chiang Mai

With your own wheels you can drive from Chiangmai on a good and scenic road, via Lampang, Denchai, Phrae, with a distance of about 330km. Driving time should be around 6 hours to reach the provincial capital.

Buses are a cheap option for getting to Nan from Chiang Mai. There are several buses per day, leaving from the Chiangmai Arcade bus station.


By plane

Flight connection from Bangkok is ensured by Nok Air ( with 3 daily flights.

There are no direct flights from Chiangmai.

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  Written by : oat11 oat12 17-11-2014
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