Bo Klua

Of course the Ancient Salt Pits of Bo Klua are just a excuse to go to Bo Klua, a small village in north-east corner of Nan province. Bo Klua is actually a district and the village everybody refers to as Bo Klua is actually Ban Bo Luang. The real beauty of Bo Klua lies of course in the remote, picturesque village of Ban Bo Luang in the scenic valley between the rugged mountains and jungle of Doi Phu Kha National Park bordering Laos. Bo Klua is about 90 km north of Nan town and is famous for its Ancient Salt Pits that are still producing salt the old fashioned way. In the old days Bo Klua's salt was an export product of the Nan Kingdom and the salt was sold to neighbouring kingdoms of Sukhothai, Chiang Mai and Luang Prabang. Going to Bo Klua is part of the journey as you will be going into the mountains up-to 1670m high, passing stunning viewpoints, camping grounds and Doi Phu Kha National Park where you could go for hiking to huge waterfalls. Bo Klua is a perfect destination to stay for 1 or 2 nights and enjoy authentic slow life in a mountain village. Luckily Bo Klua is not (yet) overrun by tourists and hardly any western tourist make it to Bo Klua. In the cool season Bo Klua begins to be a popular destination for Thai tourists, but the remote location keeps Bo Klua safe from becoming a place like Pai. Luckily there are a few hotels, restaurants and even 2 good coffee shops. Be aware that Bo Klua is about 90 km north of Nan town.

How to get to Bo Klua in Nan province, North Thailand

How to get to Bo Klua?

Although everybody speaks about Bo Klua you will actually be heading to Ban Bo Luang, what is the main village in Bo Klua district. There is no public transport going straight from Nan to Bo Klua. By public transport you will first have to take the Orange Bus from Nan to Pua and then in Pua change to a Songtheauw to Bo Klua. You can privately hire a Songtheauw so you can make a nice trip to Bo Klua and stop along the way when you want.

By private car or motorbike just follow route 101 to Pua and then follow the signs for Doi Phu Kha National Park and follow route 1256 to Bo Klua. Or contact Fhu Travel for a private tour with a local guide to Bo Klua.

Tourist Attraction in Bo Klua, Nan province, North Thailand

What to do in Bo Klua?

The main attractions of Bo Klua are the laid back location of the village Ban Bo Luang between the mountains and the Ancient Salt Pits of Bo Klua. For motorbike riders Bo Klua is famous for its Bo Klua Motorbike Loop. Other things to do in & near Bo Klua are :
  1. Hiking at the Doi Phu Kha National Park or Khun Nan National Park
  2. Swimming at Saphan Waterfall in the jungle of Khun Nan National Park
  3. See the Origin of the Nan River
  4. Wild Water Rafting in the Wa River
  5. Visiting Phu Fa Royal Project
  6. Bicycling in the valley of Bo Klua
For other things to do at Bo Klua click HERE. Or read our Travel Blog about Bo Klua

Food & Drink in Bo Klua

Well the best place for lunch or dinner is the restaurant of Bo Klua View Resort but there are a few other places to eat & drink like near the bus-stop or near the Ancient Salt Pits. Coffee Shops usually serve of course Hot & Cold drinks and sometimes they also serve Cakes or Thai snacks.

Bo Klua town (actually Ban Bo Luang)

  1. Gin I Klua Restaurant & Coffee Shop, Thai food for Lunch & Dinner.
  2. Pongza Restaurant, Thai & Western food for Lunch & Dinner. 👍
  3. Tao Tan Restaurant, Thai food for Dinner.
  4. Salt Pit Coffee Shop

Along route 1081 from Bo Klua to Santisuk

Some are within Bo Klua district, some are actually in Pua district.
  1. Atlas Nan Coffee Shop
  2. Base 29 Coffee Shop
  3. Rai Sut Mung Pho Farm & Homestay

Accommodation in Bo Klua

One of the best & most famous resort is Bo Klua View Resort but there are a few other nice (and much cheaper) accommodations to be found in Bo Klua.

Price category taking in account the high-season prices :

      ฿     Under 600 ฿ (Hostels, Guesthouses & Homestay's)
    ฿฿    600 - 1.100 ฿ (Boutique style Guesthouse & Homestay's)
  ฿฿฿ 1.100 - 3.000 ฿ (Midrange Hotels & Resorts)
฿฿฿฿ 3.000 - 10.000 ฿ (Boutique Hotels & Resort)

Bo Klua town (actually Ban Bo Luang)

  1. Arpo De Marng Resort & Camping ฿฿
  2. Bo Klua River Villa
  3. Bo Klua Fai Resort ฿ (south of town)
  4. Bo Klua View Resort ฿฿฿ (in town) 👍
  5. Bo Klua Kong Dang Resort ฿ 👍 (south of town)
  6. Mon Sailom Homestay
  7. Phan Klong Homestay
  8. Phu Klua Home
  9. Phu Keng Dao Homestay
  10. Phu Ping Mork Homestay
  11. PlaiMang Tangrak Resotel
  12. Suan Rim Mang Camping
Check available accommodation at BOOKING

Ban Sapan in Bo Klua district

Ban Sapan is about 12 km north of Bo Kluae (Ban Bo Luang) and is a small village along the Wa River. There are actually 3 parts. First along route 1081, then along the Wa River before the village and then just north of the village. It is amazing how much development is going on here. Most accommodation is a combination of homestay and camping. I list only 6 but I am sure that as of January 2020 there are at least 20 accommodations. 
  1. At Mee Sapan Borklua Nan ฿฿
  2. Cabinwood @ Sapan ฿฿
  3. Me Sug Home ฿฿
  4. Oun I Mang Camping ฿฿
  5. Sapan See View ฿฿
  6. Sapan Retreat ฿฿
  7. Sapan Countdown ฿฿
  8. Song Mueng Camping ฿฿

Emergencies in Bo Klua

  • District Hospital Bo Klua (along route 1256)

Gasoline stations in Bo Klua

  • A very small one at a shop on the main street in Bo Klua (near the Ancient Salt Pits)
  • A small one about 10 km south of Bo Klua along route 1081

Where to go next from Bo Klua?

Bo Klua is on the way to Laos, so going northwards the next destination would be Laos. Going southwards the next destination would be Pua or Nan.

Map of Ban Bo Luang - Bo Klua

Map of Bo Klua in Nan - Thailand

Route from Nan to Ban Bo Luang - Bo Klua

How to go to Bo Klua in Nan - Thailand

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