Pua is a district in the northern part of Nan province, about 60 km north of Nan town. A group of 8 villages as Ban Prang makes Pua town. Nowadays Pua is a small provincial town but actually Pua was where the Tai Lue and other migrants settled first before settling in Nan town. Although you not find direct remains of the old Pua some temples in Pua are said to be older as the oldest temples in Nan town. The remake of a small city wall is 100% new. Pua town is along the Pua River in a valley surrounded by the mountains of Doi Phu Kha. And although Pua at first does not look like a tourist destination it is a great base to stay while exploring the northern parts of Nan province like Manipruek, Doi Phu Kha and Bo Klua. Pua has all you need from simple Guesthouses & Homestay's to comfortable Resorts with swimming pool. And there are a few nice restaurants & pubs in town to enjoy the evening. For the market lovers there is of course the main fresh market and there are some other weekly markets along route 1081. And in the wekend there is the Weekend Market at the public park, also called Walking Street Market although it is not a street. Pua is the center for the Tai & Hmong hill-tribe people who are living in small villages nearby like Pha Klang and in the mountains of Doi Phu Kha.

Orientation in Pua town

Pua town consists of what could be considered the old part of town where is the round-about with the clock tower and Pua Evening Market. Then there is the newer part of town along route 101 with the new center of town at the main T-intersection of town with the Morning Market, Pua Songtheauw Station and the old PTT Gasoline Station. There are 4 7-11's in town and a Tesco-Lotus supermarket. The most coffee shops, restaurants & pubs are along route 101 in the center of town.

Where to stay in Pua, Nan province, North Thailand
View from Wat Phuket in Pua

How to get there & away?

By public transport take the Orange Bus from Nan town to Thung Chang and get off in Pua. By private car or motorbike there are 2 routes from Nan to Pua. The fastest is to just follow route 101 north of Nan town, passing Tha Wang Pha. The most scenic route would be route 1169 and 1081 via Santisuk. Same distance but more mountains and surely for motorbike riding highly recommended!

But Pua is public transport wise a bit weird place, there is indeed the Pua Bus Station. This bus station is openend in 2017 but still hardly used yet currently May 2019. So the Orange Bus will take another route in Pua town and totally skip the Pua Bus Station but make a stop at the main T-intersection of town. And even the interregional busses will skip the Pua Bus station and stop at the main T-intersection in Pua town. They have their own offices at shophouses along route 101 near the main T-intersection.

Then there is a kind of Pua Songtheauw Station, it is not really a station but a parking place where the Songtheauws park and wait for customers. It is along route 1081 about 100m from the main T-intersection in Pua town, opposite the old PTT Gasoline station. From here you can take a Songtheauw to place's within Pua district like Bo Klua and Pha Klang. But you can also rent a Songtheauw for a private trip to anywhere in Pua or even to Nan.

What to do in Pua?

Pua itself is famous for its beautiful views over Doi Phu Kha and for visiting the Wat Phuket. And Pua is a great base to stay while exploring the northern parts of Nan province like Doi Phu Kha, Manipruek, Bo Klua and Chiang Klang. Read more about Pua at our Travel Blog. And for people who like to make selfies visiting the Wat Phuket or the remake City-Wall are the places to go.

Points of Interest in & near Pua

  1. Wang Sila Laeng, a kind of mini Grand Canyon
  2. Doi Phu Kha National Park
  3. Ban Tai Lue OTOP, selling traditional cloths from Tai Lue & Hmong hill-tribes
  4. Doi Silver OTOP, factory & showroom of the famous silverware
  5. Baan Sakad

Markets in Pua

  1. Evening Market
  2. Farmers Market
  3. Weekend Market
  4. Wednesday Market
  5. Walking Street Pua
For information on anything about markets in Pua have a look at Markets in Pua

Temples in Pua

  1. Wat Phuket Sonthaya, with stunning view over the valley of Pua.
  2. Wat Phrathat Beng Sakat, with a replica of the old city wall of Pua.
  3. Wat Prang
  4. Wat Hia
  5. Wat Phra That Chom Cheang
  6. Wat Ban Ton Leang, an old temple in Tai Lue style
  7. Wat Phra That Sila Leng
  8. Wat Rong Ngae, said to be the oldest temple of Nan province.
  9. Old temple ruin
For more information on anything about temples in Pua have a look at Temples in Pua

Festivals in Pua

  1. Hercules Festival
  2. Tai Lue New Year
Check available accommodation at BOOKING

Food & Drink in Pua

There is a good selection of restaurants, coffee shops and even pubs in Pua for lunch and dinner. Our favourite is Baan Hua Nam Mushroom Farm Restaurant & Coffee Shop. Most places are along route 101 that is going right thru town. Some places are a bit out of town. Thai style pubs are also serving Thai food for late dinner. Our favourite coffee shop is Adonis Coffee Shop along route 1256 to Bo Klua. For best western food we recommend Little La Cuisine Restaurant & Coffee Shop.

Restaurants & Pubs in Pua

  1. Baan Choeng Doi Restaurant
  2. Ban Tai Lue Restaurant                 
  3. Baan Hua Nam Mushroom Farm Restaurant & Coffee Shop 👍
  4. Chomphu Phukha Restaurant 👍
  5. Duen Pen Restaurant
  6. Hong Nang Vietnamese Restaurant Looks like indefinitely closed.
  7. Hom Duan Restaurant                       
  8. IMF Restaurant (in town)
  9. Kanom Jen Hoika Buffet Restaurant (best Kanom Jen Buffet in town)
  10. Little La Cuisine Restaurant & Coffee Shop (in town, serving Western food) 👍
  11. Linda's Restaurant (along route 1081, serving Thai food) 👍
  12. Laap Phed Yaso (best Isaan restaurant in town) 👍
  13. Pua Pirom Pub & Restaurant  Closed since March 2019
  14. Pua Steakhouse Restaurant (along route 101)
  15. Pua Seafood (along route 101)
  16. Plara Hom Cafe (along route 101, serving Thai food) 👍
  17. Rai Ton Rak Restaurant & Coffee Shop 
  18. Renu Restaurant  
  19. Seed Pub & Restaurant 👍
  20. Sep Ilee Restaurant, selling the best Som Tam & Kai Yang! 👍
  21. The Port Restaurant (Korean BBQ Mo Ka Ta, along route 101)
  22. U-Turn Bar (along route 101)
  23. 1990's Pub (along route 101)

☕ Coffee Shops in Pua

Coffee Shops are serving of course Hot & Cold drinks and sometimes also cakes and other sweet desserts. Some Coffee shops also serve Thai snacks or the very popular Italian spaghetti.
  1. Adonis Coffee Shop (along route 1256) 👍
  2. Ban Tai Lue Cafe (along route 1081)
  3. Baan Kang Hun Cottage (along route 1256)
  4. Cacao Valley Coffee Shop (in town) 👍
  5. Cafe De Pua (along route 101)
  6. Dang Cafe (along route 1081)
  7. Go High'O (almost along route 101)
  8. Grey Cafe (along route 1081) 👍
  9. Hang Out Cafe (along route 101 in town)
  10. Maneepruek Coffee (in town)
  11. Plara Home Coffee Shop (along route 101 in town)
  12. Pink Corner (almost along route 101 just out of town)
  13. Quanpawin Coffee Shop
  14. 90's Vintage (just out of town)

Other places for Food & Drink in Pua

  1. Pua Farmers Market Food Court Selling fresh made food + Cold drinks with limited tables to sit and eat. Open after 17:00.

Accommodation in Pua

There is a good selection of accommodation in & nearby Pua town from simple Guesthouses and nice Homestay's to luxury (Boutique) Hotels, even some with swimming pool. Although you will notice that Pua is not a place with city style hotels, but more upcountry homestay's and campings. In the budget section Pawinsin Resort is our favourite, in the luxury section C View Home is our favourite and Pua De View Boutique Resort is the best in between the previous two. Be aware that Pua is 60 km north of Nan town (it is not a suburb of Nan town) and that some accommodations are not within walking distance of Pua town.

Price category taking in account the low- & 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)
  1. Baan Him Na Pua (little bit east of town)
  2. Baan Suan Nai Fun Homestay ฿฿฿ (a few km east of town)
  3. Baan Pak Glang Toong
  4. Baan Pak Chomdoi
  5. Baan Suan Hin Hin
  6. Baan Kang Hun Cottage ฿฿฿
  7. Ban Tai Lue Homestay
  8. Ban Mai Plaina
  9. Bee Bee Home ฿฿ (out of town between the rice fields)
  10. Chomphu Phukha Resort ฿฿฿ (in town)
  11. Cocoa Valley Resort ฿฿฿ (in town)
  12. C View Home ฿฿฿+ 👍 🏊 (little bit east of town)
  13. Earth House ฿฿ (South of town)
  14. Flower House Farm  ฿฿฿+
  15. Green Hill Resort ฿฿ (in town)
  16. Golden Inn ฿฿ (just out of town)
  17. Hat Nam Pua
  18. Hang Out Cafe Homestay (in town)
  19. Hinpha Homestay & Camping ฿฿+
  20. Hug Pua Hotel
  21. Huen Sala Homestay
  22. Hom Hug Gallery Homestay ฿฿฿ (just out of town)
  23. I'mbn Hostel & Cafe ฿
  24. Kin Lom Chom View ฿฿+ (little bit North-East of town) 👍
  25. Loft Pua Homestay ฿฿+
  26. Mon Pua Homestay ฿฿+
  27. Nala View Resort & Camping ฿฿+ (just out of town)
  28. Nan @Pua Resort
  29. Nakorn Nan Hotel
  30. Nantra Kiri Resort ฿฿฿
  31. Na Pua Homestay
  32. Na Lao Khao Slay Homestay
  33. Non Na Pua - นอนนา ปัว ฿฿+ (out of town) Now open!
  34. No. 45 Homestay (out of town)
  35. Oopkeauw Resort
  36. Pawinsin Resort ฿฿ (almost in town) 👍
  37. Paisanae Faikeng Resort ฿฿+ (a few km east of town)
  38. Pan Fai Homestay (near Wat Phuket)
  39. Pua Tranquil Vista Homestay  ฿฿ (a few km north of town)
  40. Pua Good View Homestay ฿฿ (just north of town)
  41. Pua Valley Resort
  42. Pua De View Boutique Resort ฿฿฿ (almost in town) 👍 🏊
  43. Phu Resort ฿฿
  44. Phuka Mountain View Resort
  45. Papua Bhuka Hotel ฿฿
  46. Prang Thong Hotel
  47. Phuket Sonthaya Templestay ฿ (part of Wat Phuket)
  48. Ruen Mittrapap Homestay
  49. Rai Ton Rak Farm Resort ฿฿฿
  50. Rong Ngae Villa (just north of town)
  51. Shanti Retreat Hotel ฿฿
  52. Sapoy Home ฿+
  53. Sangaroon Hotel ฿ (in town)
  54. Sukja House (out of town)
  55. Toob Nam Pua Beach & Camping ฿ (out of town along the Pua River)
  56. Toobna Homestay
  57. Ton Lang Homestay
  58. Tanong Homestay
  59. Vida Home
  60. Wang Nam Pua Ban Nafang ฿ (out of town along the Pua River)
  61. Yod Kha Camping @ 90's Vintage ฿ (just out of town)
Check available accommodation at BOOKING

Accommodation in Ban Sakat

Ban Sakat is 20 km from Pua in the mountains of Doi Phu Kha at a height of about 1.000m above sea-level.
  1. Sakad Dee Homestay ฿฿ (in the village)
  2. Ou I Bai-Miang Homestay ฿฿
  3. Doi Phieng Pui Cottage ฿฿ 👍 (4 km before the village)
Check available accommodation at BOOKING

Food & Drink in Ban Sakat

  1. Ban Sakad Coffee (in the village)

Emergencies in Pua

  • Crown Prince Pua Hospital, along route 1081 about 3km east from the main T-intersection
  • Pua Police Station, along route 1081 about 1km east from the main T-intersection

Gasoline stations in Pua

  • There are now 2 PTT Gasoline stations. The old one along route 1081 near the T-intersection and the new one along route 101 on the north side of town. The latter also has an Amazon Coffee Shop and 7-11.
  • There is 1 Shell Gasoline station along route 101 in town when you go from Pua to Nan.
  • And there is 1 Bang Chak Gasoline station along route 101, just 2 km before town coming from Nan.

Shopping in Pua

  • Tesco-Lotus Super Market along route 101 (north side of town)
  • There are 4 7-11's (near the hospital, near the T-Intersection, near the round-about, at the new PTT gasoline station)
  • Near the round-about are a few local supermarkets
  • Ban Tai Lue OTOP, selling traditional cloths from Tai Lue & Hmong hill-tribes
  • Doi Silver OTOP, factory & showroom of the famous silverware

Where to go next from Pua?

Well of course where you came from, if you came from Chiang Rai or Laos it would make sense to go southwards to Nan, Na Noi or Phrae. But if you came from Nan then it would make sense to go northwards to Thung Chang, Manipruek, Bo Klua or even Laos. Or westwards to Song Kwae, Chiang Kham and Chiang Rai.

Map of Pua district

Map of Pua town

Route from Nan to Pua

Route from Nan to Pua in Nan - Thailand

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