Nature and Temples in Nan

Whispering Lovers at Wat Phumin

TRAVEL DATE: 21-23 February 2015
DESTINATION: Nan Province
ACCOMMODATION: Papua Bhuka Resort and Sasidara Resort

Towards the end of February, I went on a three day trip to Nan province in Northern Thailand. The highlights included Doi Phu National Park and the temples of Nan City. In particular, Wat Phumin, which is famous for the “Whispering Lovers” mural, and Wat Phra That Khao Noi for the Standing Buddha image, were very memorable. During the trip, I tweeted live on @RichardBarrow. Click for the embedded tweets for Day 1, Day 2 and Day 3.

The following map shows the places that we visited during the trip:

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LIST OF PLACES I VISITED:

DESTINATION สถานที่ท่องเที่ยว GPS
Nan Nakhon Airport ท่าอากาศยานน่านนคร 18.802430 100.784976
Doi Phu Kha National Park อุทยานแห่งชาติ ดอยภูคา 19.085168 101.061459
Pua Walking Street 19.175395 100.913669
Papua Bhuka Hotel โรงแรมป่าปัว ภูคา 19.195491 101.047321
Wat Nong Bua วัดหนองบัว 19.088706 100.786088
Wat Suan Tan วัดสวนตาล 18.784392 100.774010
Wat Phrathat Chang Kham Woravihan วัดพระธาตุช้างค้ำวรวิหาร 18.776238 100.772102
Wat Phumin วัดภูมินทร์ 18.774527 100.771633
The Noble House โฮงเจ้าฟองคำ 18.789646 100.785566
Wat Ming Muang วัดมิ่งเมือง 18.774539 100.769141
Nan City Pillar 18.774857 100.769218
Wat Si Pan Ton วัดศรีพันต้น 18.776109 100.765584
Nan Walking Street 18.775193 100.771586
Sasidara Resort ศศิดารา รีสอร์ท 18.774106 100.756764
Wat Phra That Khao Noi พระธาตุเขาน้อย 18.769585 100.750714
Nan Riverside Art Gallery หอศิลป์ริมน่าน 18.940337 100.767709
Wat Phra That Chae Hang วัดพระธาตุแช่แห้ง 18.758381 100.791247

A hidden gem of a province, Nan was once an independent kingdom and is now popular with travelers who wish to explore the natural beauty of northern Thailand and its rich cultural heritage. The provincial capital of Nan has a relaxed charm, an interesting history, some impressive temples, and a good museum. The province features six national parks, including the stunning Doi Phukha National Park, which contains mountains nearly 2,000 m high. The rich natural beauty of Nan makes it an ideal destination for trekking as the remote province sees far fewer visitors than neighboring Chiang Rai and Chiang Mai.
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Wat Phra That Khao Noi

PHOTO ALBUM: On the first day of our trip, we visited Doi Phu Kha National Park. The highest peak here is 1,980 meters above sea level. The provincial tree and flower of Nan is the Orchid Tree which blooms here at this time of year. That evening we visited Pua Walking Street and then in the morning we took photos at the local market. Everyone was very friendly. Our next stop was Wat Nong Bua that was built by the Thai Lue people in the 19th Century. We then drove onto Nan provincial city where we went on a Tram Tour. These tours run daily from Wat Phumin and only cost 30 Baht. During the tour we visited, Wat Suan Tan, Wat Phrathat Chang Kham, The Noble House and Wat Ming Muang. Later that evening, we visited Nan Walking Street in front of Wat Phumin. On the last day, we were up early to take pictures of the sunrise at Wat Phra That Khao Noi. The Standing Buddha here is an icon of the province. We next went to the morning market to take pictures before heading North to visit the Nan Riverside Art Gallery. Our last stop was to Wat Phra That Chae Hang which is one of the most sacred temples in the region.

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