A mountainous area in northern Thailand, Nan Province lets you relish the country’s relaxing countryside. You can marvel at captivating temple murals, support the emerging art scene or feast on exotic local cuisine.
Things to do in Nan
Explore the array of beautiful temples in Nan Province. Wat Phumin is a 16th-century royal temple known for its beautiful murals depicting Buddhist beliefs, while Wat Phra That Khao Noi offers a scenic 180-degree view of Nan and a nine-meter-tall Golden Buddha.
Visit the Nan Riverside Art Gallery, located on the banks of the Nan River, to admire the art and cultural exhibits. Wander through the gallery to browse works of art by local artists and take a break in the tranquil garden area and on-site coffee shop.
Learn more about the Nan Province at the Nan National Museum, home to archaeological artifacts from northern Thailand’s ethnic groups. Admire the silverwork, textiles and tribal costumes on display, along with the royal regalia, weapons and religious icons.
For a day of hiking and exploring mysterious caves, head to Doi Phu Kha National Park. Rich in natural resources, it’s home to rare species of plants that can only be found in this region in addition to a 1,837-metre-tall natural rock formation that offers views across the park.
Getting around Nan
The best way to get around Nan Province is by motorbike, while taxis, songthaews and trishaws are also available. You can arrive by bus from Phrae in two hours, while Nan Nakhon Airport offers domestic flights to Bangkok and Chiang Mai.