Over the weekend, I was in Nan, in Northern Thailand, for a 3-day trip. Some of the stops for day one had to be cancelled as our original early morning flight was moved to mid-day. The pictures here are ones that I tweeted live on social media during the trip.
Date of Trip: 21-23 February 2015
Boarding Nok Air’s “Nok Ra Rueng” aircraft to Nan in Northern Thailand. Flight time is just over one hour. Nan Airport was officially renamed “Nan Nakhon Airport” by Princess Sirindhorn during her recent visit. Three airlines fly to Nan Nakhon Airport. Nok Air & Air Asia fly daily from Don Mueang. Kan Air flies on Fri/Sun from Chiang Mai.
My first meal in Northern Thailand is naturally Khao Soi. Also having Khao Pad Nahm.
Doi Phu Kha National Park is in Puan district of Nan #Thailand. The highest peak is 1,980 meters above sea level.
Doi Phu Kha National Park is 200B for foreigners & 40B for Thais.
The provincial tree and provincial flower of Nan is the Orchid Tree which blooms this time of year.
Aerial views of Doi Phu Kha National Park in Nan.
DAY TWO: Good morning from Pua Municipal Market in Nan Province. It’s a chilly 19C at the moment. Lovely weather.
It’s always worth getting up early to visit the local markets in Thailand. Bonus when there are no other Westerners.
Wat Nong Bua in Tha Wang Pha district of Nan dates back to 1862. It was built by the Thai Lue people.
Wat Suan Tan in Nan town. The temple dates back to 1227. Inside there is a large bronze Seated Buddha
You can take a 1 hour tram tour of Nan. Mon-Fri 9am & 3pm. Sat-Sun 9:30am, 10:30am, 1:30pm & 3:40pm. Price 30B/15B.
A good way to explore Nan town is by bicycle. You can rent one opposite Wat Phumin for only 50B for the day.
Wat Noi in Nan town is the smallest registered temple in Thailand.
Wat Phrathat Chang Kham is one of the oldest temples in Nan town. Its name comes from the stucco elephant sculptures.
The most famous temple in Nan town is Wat Phumin. It has 4 Buddha images facing the 4 points of the compass.
Wat Phumin in Nan is famous for the “whispering” two lovers mural. There are other interesting murals too.
Wat Ming Muang & Nan’s City Pillar. Both have beautiful stucco reliefs on the walls.
On the walls inside Wat Ming Muang there are murals depicting the lifestyle of the Nan people in the past.
The Walking Street in Nan takes place every weekend from about 5pm-9pm in front of Wat Phumin. The food area at the Walking Street is particularly good with a wide variety of food & plenty of space to sit & eat.
Photos of Wat Phrathat Chang Kham in Nan, in the few minutes after sunset when the sky turns dark blue.
DAY THREE: Good morning from Wat Phra That Khao Noi overlooking Nan. Sun just coming up behind the Standing Buddha.
Front view of the Standing Buddha at Wat Phra That Khao Noi with the sun on its face;
Patongko, sometimes called Chinese doughnuts, and soy milk is a good breakfast.
A monk receiving alms while sitting on a samlor in front of Nan market.
Exploring the morning market in Nan. Plenty of smiles. Locals are very friendly & happy to have their pictures taken.
Nan Riverside Art Gallery is a contemporary art gallery founded by Winai Prabripoo. Entrance is 20B.
Some variations of the famous whispering lovers mural painting including one by Princess Sirindhorn.
Wat Phra That Chae Hang in Nan features a 55 metre-high golden Chedi containing a Holy Relic from Sukhothai.
Time to leave Nan & head back home. I had an enjoyable 3 days in Nan & hope to be back again soon.