With gorgeous mountain surroundings, a wealthy historical past and oodles of issues to see and do, a go to to Nan is at all times a pleasure. The solely shock is that extra abroad vacationers don’t journey to this pleasant province within the north of Thailand. But their loss may very well be your acquire and if you wish to discover an space of Thailand that is still comparatively unknown to most foreigners, take into account including Nan to your Thailand itinerary. In no explicit order, listed here are 19 causes to go to Nan.
1) Take the highway much less travelled
With most guests to North Thailand heading to higher identified locations akin to Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai, it has allowed Nan to stay beneath the vacationer radar. If you might be in quest of the highway much less travelled, you’ll undoubtedly discover it in lovely Nan.
2) Appreciate Thai Lue traditions
The tradition of the Thai Lue (additionally written as Tai Lu) hill-tribe folks is alive and nicely in Nan. The Thai Lue inhabitants in Thailand is estimated to be round 80,000 with most dwelling within the northern Thai provinces of Nan, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, and Phayao. The Thai Lue have a wealthy heritage courting again centuries to the previous Lanna kingdom in what’s now North Thailand. They are particularly well-known for his or her weaving and embroidery abilities and the elegant conventional clothes they put on. If you go to the Thai Lue weaving group group situated near Wat Phuket at Ban Ket in Pua district, you’ll be able to watch the weavers at work on picket looms and purchase merchandise direct from them. Or you’ll be able to rent a conventional costume to have your picture taken with the attractive Nan surroundings within the background.
3) Soak up the pure great thing about Nan
Nan is without doubt one of the most naturally lovely provinces in Thailand. Visit Srinan National Park and witness the early morning sea of fog at Doi Samer Dao. Trek by way of the mountains at Doi Phu Kha National Park and see the other-worldly rock and soil formations at Sao Din Na Noi. And go to Nan through the inexperienced season to see breathtaking views of the verdant rice fields. Take a visit to Wat Phuket and from the temple terrace you’ll be able to get pleasure from views like this with an expanse of rice fields within the foreground and the mountains of Doi Phu Kha National Park within the background.
4) See the well-known murals at Wat Phumin
Wat Phumin is without doubt one of the best-known sights for Thai guests travelling to Nan. The temple is legendary for the hand-painted wall murals which date again centuries and depict the native lifestyle and tales from the lifetime of Buddha. And there may be one portray particularly, ‘Poo Marn Yar Marn‘ (‘Whispering of Love’) which has turn out to be a logo of Nan. According to native legend, if you happen to and the one you love want for happiness collectively in entrance of the mural, you’ll keep collectively endlessly.
5) Unwind into the sluggish life
The individuals who reside in Nan are rightly pleased with their heritage and their lifestyle. People from Nan will usually say they benefit from the ‘slow life’ or ‘good life’. And when you spend a couple of days or extra right here it’s straightforward to see the attraction of this sabai sabai life-style. Walk round Nan metropolis or rent a bicycle out there from some inns and guest-houses. Bikes may also be rented from reverse Wat Phumin the place you can even acquire a map with prompt routes. Alternatively, take a tram tour (departures at 9:30, 10:30, 13:30 and 15.30) for 30 Baht per individual from the realm reverse Wat Phumin.
6) Enjoy the low rise life
One of the primary issues that strikes you while you arrive within the charming small metropolis of Nan is the absence of any high-rise buildings. To assist preserve the character of the provincial capital, there are strict legal guidelines about what can and might’t be constructed. You might also discover that a few of Nan’s 7-Eleven comfort shops have been designed to slot in with the native architectural model of Nan.
7) Visit the perspective and the strolling Buddha at Wat Phra That Khao Noi
A brief distance away from Nan metropolis centre is Wat Phra That Khao Noi. A highway leads all the best way to the highest of the hill and the perspective, however when you have the vitality you’ll be able to cycle from the centre of city and climb the steps to achieve the temple. The temple is residence to a chedi which dates again to the 15th century and is believed to comprise relics of the Buddha. There can also be a viewpoint right here the place a chic strolling Buddha statue seems out over Nan metropolis and the encircling countryside.
8) Travel to the museum and bamboo village at Wat Sri Mongkol
Located within the Tha Wang Pha district of Nan, this previous temple is residence to an fascinating museum that comprises various historical artefacts. These embrace previous beginning certificates that had been written on leaves referred to as ‘Bai Lan’. And in the back of Wat Sri Mongkol, there’s a small bamboo village within the rice fields.
9) Go to Nan Riverside Art Gallery
Located out of city subsequent to a river, this uncommon and charming artwork gallery is value making time for. The arts area is a labour of affection for a well-known Thai artist, Winai Prabripoo, who was born and raised in Nan. Enjoy the indoor artwork galleries, however make time too for the out of doors artwork installations.
10) Learn find out how to make chocolate
You might not affiliate Thailand with high quality chocolate, however that’s slowly beginning to change. And Nan is on the forefront of that change with the progressive work carried out by Khun Manoon at Cocoa Valley Resort. Visitors can be taught extra concerning the course of and take a look at their very own abilities at a chocolate making workshop.
11) Feast on scrumptious Northern Thai meals
If you’ve travelled round north Thailand it’s possible you’ll already be conversant in the area’s signature dish, khao soi. Foodies visiting Nan can get pleasure from this and plenty of different northern Thai speciality dishes akin to sai oua and gaeng hinlay. Huan Chao Nang is one in all various eating places with good views of the river. And if you happen to go to Nan on the weekend, don’t miss the atmospheric Walking Street Market that units up close to Wat Phumin. Do because the locals do and purchase some meals from the distributors and sit down on the city plaza (khuang muang) in entrance of Wat Phumin and benefit from the atmosphere.
12) Get up early for the morning market and alms giving
Get up early and hit the morning market in Nan to get a really feel for town and to look at monks on their morning alms spherical. Enjoy a hearty breakfast at any of the eateries close to the market after which stroll round Nan’s historic central zone.
13) Pay your respects on the Nan City pillar
Every metropolis in Thailand has a metropolis pillar (lak mueang) which protects town and the place locals come to pay their respects.
14) Visit Wat Phra That Chae Haeng
One of crucial temples in Nan, Wat Phra That Chae Haeng is situated throughout the river to the east of town centre. The 55 metre tall golden chedi is claimed to comprise a relic of the Buddha making this one of the vital revered temples within the province. A vibrant pageant is held yearly at Wat Phra That Chae Haeng in February or March relying on the lunar calendar.
15) Learn about native life at Nan National Museum
To be taught extra about native tradition and the historical past of Nan, make a beeline for the wonderful Nan National Museum situated in what was former palace that was residence to the rulers of Nan. The picturesque grounds are an added bonus with a photogenic tunnel of frangipani timber. Interestingly, the grounds are additionally residence to what’s stated to be Thailand’s smallest temple, Wat Noi. Standing at round 3.5 metres tall, it seems at first look to be a big spirit home sitting in entrance of an previous banyan tree.
16) See the nagas of Nan
Mythical serpent-like creatures referred to as ‘naga’ are a typical sight in Thailand because of their affiliation with Buddhism. Nagas will be seen in decorations at temples all through the nation, however Nan has a particular affiliation with the legendary nagas. According to folklore, the folks of Nan are the descendants of two folks, Chao Khunnun and Chao Khunfong, who had been born from naga eggs. You can see the nagas in varied areas across the metropolis. If you go to Nan on the finish of Buddhist Lent (often in October), you’ll be able to benefit from the longtail boat races with the well-known nagas of Nan carved into the figurehead of the boats.
17) Observe the standard lifestyle at Hong Chao Fong Kham (Noble House)
Constructed round 200 years in the past, the Noble House (Hong Chao Fong Kham) is a conventional Lanna model teakwood constructing that’s now a museum and academic centre. For a 20 Baht donation price, guests can be taught concerning the previous lifestyle and native traditions.
18) Relax at charming cafes
With epic surroundings and a burgeoning espresso tradition, it’s no shock that Nan is residence to some pretty cafes. Sample the regionally produced espresso at Huang Hung Tor cafe and ensure your digicam is absolutely charged for a go to to the photogenic Ban Tai Lue Cafe within the scenic Pua district of Nan.
19) Go your individual means
As one of the vital laid-back and welcoming areas in Thailand, Nan is right for solo travellers who need to expertise ‘unseen Thailand’ past the primary vacationer path. To enable you plan your travels round Nan, obtain the wonderful on-line guidebook, Me, Myself & Thailand that has been produced in affiliation with the Tourism Authority of Thailand. The free information is full of extra concepts for issues to see and do in Nan in addition to Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Kanchanaburi, Nong Khai and Phuket.
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Map of Nan