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…
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 are nowadays 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 here in Nan province is that 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 130 km 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 ha…
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 or the during the dry season from February to April.
Where to go?
7 km east of Pua town. Be aware that Pua is about 60 km north of Nan 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 or take a dirt road between the rice fields.
NearbyBaan Hua Nam Mushroom Farm Restaurant & Coffee Shop
Nan town is a small village town with a Historical Center as main attraction. While exploring the Historical Center you will see many old temples like the famous Wat Phumin but also some beautiful old wooden houses, small traditional Thai shops & restaurants. It is the prime destination in Nan town. The area is not so big, so it is easy to make a walking or bicycle tour passing all the famous places of the Historical Center. If you like a bit more comfort you can take a Samlor or the Electric Trolley. The latter 2 start at the Wat Phumin. This tour not only passes beautiful temples but also some historical teak-wooden houses from royal families of Nan and it is great way to explore Nan town. Almost all hotels provide bicycles (free or rental) to explore Nan town. The government of Nan town made a bicycle route in the Historical Center of town and DASTA made a bit bigger route that also includes other parts of Nan town. You could start anywhere along the route of course, but most p…
Although the temple is officially called Wat Sri Mongkul locals will use the old name Wat Kong. It was originally just a village temple at the village Ban Kong. And although the temple itself not really warrants a vist, the museum and stunning view over the rice-fields with Doi Phu Kha in the back ground are good reason to stop here on your way to Sila Phet Waterfall or Phu Fa Royal Project. The temple museum is originally setup by one of the former abbot's of the temple, as showcase of the old way of life in temples and in Nan province. The museum is housed in a beautiful teak-wooden building and shows daily items from the old & recently old days.
In front of the temple is a huge terrace from where you have a stunning view over rice-fiels with the mountains of Doi Phu Kha National Park in the back ground. Of course there are a few selfie-optionals for Thai tourists and a sala to sit & relax. Actually in the past 2 year the temple has become a favourite place for Thai to…
Phu Phayak means Giant Mountain and it is a mountain range in the most north-eastern side of Nan province. It was once the place for opium farming and the battlefield between the Thai soldiers and Communists soldiers in the 1970's. It is famous as being one of the last strongholds of the Communist Party of Thailand (CPT). The reason for having a HQ in this area was of course the difficult accessible mountain range that is bordering (communist) Laos. The area is also home to ethnic minorities (Lawa & Hmong) who came from southern-west China
Nowadays the area is home to a few villages that are supported by a Royal Project Phu Phayak to help local people in a sustainable existence without growing opium.
And nowadays there is a Communist Memorial to honour the communist soldiers fighting the Thai government. The museum and memorial was officially opened in December 2005 and is the result of combined efforts of local people and ex-communists to reconcile the past disagreements…
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
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 only Thai. In front of the building are ATM's and nearby are small restaurants. This bus station is used for local transport in Nan province and for inter-regional 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 (actually red) going to Pon in Thung Chang district. This bus passes Tham Pha Tub Forest Park, Nan Riverside …
Baan Hua Nam Mushroom Farm is a combination of a mushroom farm, restaurant and coffee shop and 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.