A Destination Travel Guide by Traveling 2 Thailand, your complete guide to Nan province, North Thailand
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Baan Hua Nam Mushroom Farm in Pua
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 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…
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).
The International Border Crossing is about 2 km from the village Huai Kon, so the border is sometimes also called Chaloem Phra Kiat (name of the district). On the Lao side the nearest village is Muang Ngeun. The border crossing is about 130km north of Nan town. This is the gate-way to Luang Prabang, Laos.
Crossing the border from Thailand to Laos
The border is open from 9:00 - 12:00 and from 13:00 - 17:00. You will first have to go to the Thai Immigration to exit Thailand. If your Thai visa is not multi-entry then your visa will expire the moment you exit Thailand. Then you will have to cross a part of no-man'ss land in between Laos and Thailand. If you are not with your own transport you can walk or take a motorbike-taxi.
To enter Laos you will need a visa. If you do not have a visa you can apply for one (Visa On Arrival) valid for 30 days. You will need 2 recent passport photos. Costs depends on your nationality and best to be paid in US$. After getting you Lao visa you will have…
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…
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. There is a jungle-track along the river, but best is to walk thru the river. So take some shoes for walking in the water with you and do not worry about getting wet.
When to go to Wang Sila Laeng Grand Canyon?
All year around, daily. But best to be visited at the end of the raining season or during the cool season, from September to February.
Where to go?
About 70 km north-east of Nan town (10 km from Pua).
How to get there?
Best with your own transport. From Pua follow route 1081 for about 10 km until the village Sila Laeng. From there you will have to walk for about 1 km.
NearbyHua Nam Mushroom Farm Restaurant & Coffee Shop
Location of Wang Sila Leang Grand Canyon Location on Google Maps CHECK ACCOMMODATION ON AGODA * OR BOOKING *
Adonis Coffee Shop is a small Coffee Shop right along route 1256 to Bo Klua, just 2km out of Pua town. And they not only serve the best coffee in town but also serve cakes, sweet desserts and since a few months they also have a Som Tam shop in front of the coffee shop. And if your car or motorbike is dirty they also have a cars-wash service. And they have a great sunset terrace to enjoy a beer as sundowner.
Information of Adonis Coffee ShopAlong route 1256 to Bo Klua, just 2km out of Pua townFacebook : Adonis CoffeeKitchen : Hot & Cold drinks, Sweet desserts + Som TamOpening hours : 9:00 - 19:00Seating : OutdoorsParking : On site
Location of Adonis Coffee Shop Location on Google Maps CHECK ACCOMMODATION ON AGODA OR BOOKING
Nom means milk in Thai and Nom Nan Cafe & Bistro is a weird mix of a Coffee Shop or actually Milk Shop in the afternoon and Pub in the evening. Nom Nan Cafe & Bistro is the best place for a sunset view over Nan town, so best to go there about 30min before sunset.
Information of Nom Nan Cafe & BistroRight along the Nan River near the big bridge.Facebook : Nom Nan Cafe & BistroKitchen : Hot & Cold drinks, desserts + limited Thai foodOpening hours : Daily 16:00 - 22:00Seating : Indoors & OutdoorsParking : Private parking for motorbikes, cars are to be parked on the street.
Location of Nom Nan Cafe & Bistro Location on Google Maps CHECK ACCOMMODATION ON AGODA OR BOOKING
Cacao Valley Coffee Shop is located on a hill in Pua town with view over Pua town and with the mountains of Doi Phu Kha in the background. Cacao Valley Coffee Shop is part of Cacao Valley Resort. Their speciality is as the name says chocolate, with cacao beans from their own farm in Chiang Mai. Cacao Valley Coffee Shop has an indoor first floor with air-conditioning and a top-floor open-air verandah with stunning view.
Information of Cacao Valley Coffee ShopAt the hill of Pua town, about 500m from the center of Pua townFacebook : Cacao Valley Coffee ShopKitchen : Hot & Cold drinks + Cakes & DessertsOpening hours : 10:00 - 17:00Seating : Indoors & OutdoorsParking : On site + street
Location of Cacao Valley Coffee Shop Location on Google Maps CHECK ACCOMMODATION ON AGODA OR BOOKING
Nan province is famous for it's art of making silver products. Originally the silver came from the area that is now part of Laos. So most silver is imported now or like in this workplace it comes from the recycling of medical products. Nowadays you will still find many shops in Nan and Pua that sell silver products from their own workplace. All made by hand. Now this workplace looks like from ancient times, but is still in daily use. Photo taken during lunch break. Products of this workplace are sold at Nan Noble House. See also Doi Silver Pua.
When to go?
Everyday, most shops will be open daily from 9:00 - 17:00 (except Sundays).
Where to go?
This photo was made at a private home in a street behind Nan Noble House, but there are at Sumon Thewarat Street also Silverware Shops that have workshops. And next to Hot Bread is another one, and along the road to BigC another one. You will also find Silverware shops with workshops in Pua and Chiang Klang. Another good places is the Pa K…