A Destination Travel Guide by Traveling 2 Thailand, your complete guide to Nan province, North Thailand
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Thai - Lao Border Market & Local Border Crossing at Song Kwae
Entrance to the market (and border)
There are many local border crossings between Thailand and Laos. And most times the reason for this local border crossing is a weekly market where Lao come buy modern utilities from Thailand and the Thai buy jungle herbs from the Lao. This is a small market and not really worth to travel there specially, but if you happen to be in the area it is a great place to see the local way of living along the borders.
When go go?
All year around, but ONLY on Sunday and very early in the morning (starting at 6:00).
Where to go?
20 km north of Song Kwae what is 60 km north-west of Nan town.
How to get there?
Best with your own or hired transport. From Nan follow route 101 to Tha Wang Pha, then follow route 1148 in direction of Chiang Rai. After about 20 km on route 1148 you will be passing the village Song Kwae. About 1 or 2 km after the village there is an kind of curve to the left that is also an intersection. Go straight ahead, there are signs. Keep on following the main road for another 20 km, but there are no signs anymore (This Is Thailand).
Nan province is motorbike touring heaven, not only the route going to Nan but also within Nan province. So once you are in Nan it would be a great idea to rent a scooter or motorbike. Some guesthouses or hotels do rent scooters but luckily there are now also a few shops that have started renting out motorbikes & scooters. A little warning before you are going to rent.
The law about riding a motorbike in Thailand
For riding any scooter or motorbike in Thailand you will need to have a motorbike driver-license. Not that the rental company will ask for it but if you do not have a motorbike driver-licsense you might have 2 problems. First of all police could stop & fine you. Secondly your travel-insurance might not be valid in case of accident. Also be aware that most scooters & motorbikes do not have a full-insurance. They will only have a simple third-party insurance. That means that ALL costs in case of accident are YOURS. That means damages to the motorbike, to other vehicl…
Nan Bus Station station about 500m south of town, about 200m from route 101 just before Nan town on your left hand side. The bus station is served by government busses and by private bus companies. And there is an information counter but all staff of course speaks Thai. In front of the building are ATM's and nearby are small restaurants. It is used for local transport in Nan province and for interregional transport.
How to get to Nan Bus Station?
By public transport you can get to Nan Bus Station with taxi, songtheauw or even samlor. By private car or motorbike, just follow the signs along route 101. There is free parking. Transport within Nan provinceNext to the building are Red Songtheaws for transport in Nan townPlatform 7 - 8 are for Blue Songtheauws for transport to places like Tha Wang Pha, Santisuk or Mae Charim.Then there is the famous Orange Bus going to Pon in Thung Chang district. This bus passes Tham Pha Tub Forest Park, Nan Riverside Art Gallery, Tha Wang Pha, Pua, Ch…
Who thinks about Thailand thinks also about Thai massage, a perfect way to relax on a hot afternoon. If you are looking for the infamous Thai body-to-body massage (or soapy massage) you are at the wrong place in Nan - Thailand. But there are quite a few massage places in Nan - Thailand where you can have a good, safe and relaxing massage. Be aware though that also in Nan - Thailand are some massage saloons that offer a little bit more as just massage.
So where to go for massage? Well some hotels will offer in-house massage like Nan Boutique Hotel and some other hotels will recommend you a massage saloon that they know is trustworthy. Following are a few massage saloons that we have been and are clean, safe and will give you a relaxing massage.
Nan Nanthaburi Massage in Nan town
This massage saloon in a double 1-storey shophouse at Anatana road offers Thai Massage, Oil Massage and Foot Massage from 10:00 - 18:00.
Location : Google Maps
Risasinee Spa & Massage in Nan town
The Bo Klua Loop is one of the famous attractions of Nan province, to do by Motorbike / Scooter / Vespa or even with your bicycle. Most people doing the Bo Klua Loop come on their own motorbike or rent one in Bangkok, Chiang Mai or Chiang Rai. But in Nan town there are also a few shops renting Motorbikes or Scooters. For more information have a look at Motorbike Rental Shops. Besides the famous Bo Klua Loop there are also other very interesting loops & routes to be made with stunning view, small villages and rivers in the mountains. And the nice thing about the roads of this loops & routes is that they are not busy, so relatively safe to ride.
As for scooters it is recommended not to rent a "small scooter" but at least 150cc. And of course ALWAYS wear a good helmet, jacket, gloves and good shoes. Also be aware that scooters are by law motorbikes and that you will need a motorbike driver-license for it (check your travel insurance).
Nan Lanna Hotel is situated in a totally rebuild appartement building and openend its doors in 2014 under the management of a young Thai couple from Nan. Nan Lanna Hotel is not big with only 10 rooms but the rooms are specious and nicely decorated in northern style with a lot of wood. Of course all rooms have air-conditioning and a private bathroom with shower. And the hotel serves all day free coffee & tea with small snacks. The hotel is located in the Historical Center behind the Wat Hua Khuang and within walking distance from the Wat Phumin and Weekend Market. And they have bicycles to explore Nan town.
Baan Hua Nam Mushroom Farm is a combination of a mushroom farm, restaurant and coffee shop. Baan Hua Nam Mushroom Farm is a bit difficult to find as it is at then end of a small road in a small village and located in a forrest of trees & bamboo. From the tropical garden of the restaurant you can walk to the famous Wang Sila Leang Grand Canyon. They make the best pizza in town and it is a great place to sit, relax, eat & drink. Be aware that there is no public transport to Baan Hua Nam Mushroom Farm.
Nan Nakhon Airport is located 1km North-West side of town, just before you are exiting town in direction of Pua. Nan Nakhon Airport was build in 2014, the IATA code is NNT. It is a small, boutique like airport with an almost brand new terminal building. When entering the airport by private car, be aware that the airport is shared with the Royal Thai Airforce and you might end-up at the Airforce buildings. Next to Nan Nakhon Airport is free parking, but you can not leave your car there overnight. At the terminal are 2 ATM's, some small souvenirs shops, Coffee Shop and a small convince store. No 7/11 or restaurant yet, so if you are hungry take you own food with you. Next to the check-in counters are toilets. In case you have a lot of luggage, at the entrance of the terminal are trollies.
At moment (April 2019) Nan Airport is served by Air Asia to Don Muang Airport (DMK) with 3 flights per dayNok Air to Don Muang Airport (DMK) with 4 flights per day **Wisdom Airways to Chiang Mai (CN…
The Kwang Khun River coming out of the forest of Doi Phu Kha National Park created a kind of (small) Grand Canyon. A wonderful place to explore and make photos. The access point is located about 6 km east of Pua town near the village Ban Hua Nam. The last 800m is a kind a dirt road but very well to drive in the dry season. And there is parking. Along the river is a walking path, what needs some climbing and walking very careful.
Check out our Travel Blog about Pua
When to go to Wang Sila Leang Grand Canyon?
All year around, daily. But best to be visited at the end of the during the dry season from February to April.
Where to go?
About 70 km north-east of Nan town and 6 km east of Pua town.
How to get there?
Best with your own transport. From Pua follow route 1081 for about 6 km until the village Ban Hua Nam. From there you will have to walk for about 1 km.
NearbyBaan Hua Nam Mushroom Farm Restaurant & Coffee Shop
Location of Wang Sila Leang Grand Canyon Location on Google Maps CHEC…
Sabai Nan Hotel is a stylish hotel with 14 rooms and opened its doors in 2015. Sabai Nan Hotel is located between the rice-fields just 3 km outside Nan town. Although they not have a restaurant they do serve a good local breakfast. Of course they have a private parking and provide bicycles to explore Nan town and surroundings. But be aware that this hotel is located a few km out of town and that there is no public transport going there.
Information of Sabai Nan HotelMuang Tuet, Nan townFacebook : Sabai Nan HotelRoom rate : 600 - 1.200 Thai baht incl. simple breakfast
Location of Sabai Nan Hotel
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Sukkasem Hotel opened its doors in 2011 with 43 modern & comfortable rooms in 2 shophouse buildings at one of the main streets in Nan town. Of course all rooms have private bathroom with shower, air-conditioning and TV. The hotel provides bicycles to explore Nan town and has private parking. Nearby are shops, restaurants and a 7/11.
Information of Sukkasem HotelNear the east-end of the Old City Wall in Nan townRoom rate : 500 - 600 Thai baht room only
Location of Sukkasem Hotel
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