Rainy Season Trip to Nan Province

This weekend, I was invited to explore Nan in Northern Thailand by the local TAT office. This is one of my favorite areas of Thailand & i was very to be able to go and visit again. The following is a live photo blog of my visit.

Date of trip: 22-24 June 2018

Today I’m flying up to Nan province in Northern Thailand. I was last there in 2015 for a 3-day trip. This is the photo map of that trip: Nature and Temples in Nan

Boarding Air Asia FD3554 from Bangkok to Nan in Northern Thailand. Flight time is just over an hour.

Breakfast onboard my Air Asia flight to Nan: Uncle Chin’s Chicken Rice, and Sticky Rice with Dried Fish and Mango. The chicken was good but it was a strange idea to have dried fish with the mango.

There are two airlines flying to Nan Nakhon airport; Air Asia and Nok Air. There are also car rental firms such as Avis and ThaiRent. There’s also a local taxi service and a local red songtaew service. The airport is a short distance to the north of the city.

I will be doing a live Google Map of the destinations that we are visiting in Nan Province during this trip. Here are the places that I’ve marked so far: https://www.google.com/maps/placelists/list/16ZjgTwJ_P2ob8o4ZouOSbsB7-ao?hl=en

Our first stop in Nan is at More May (ม’เม) Coffee & Restaurant. Map: https://goo.gl/maps/YZPh69jEFkq

Nan’s most famous temple is Wat Phumin. It is renowned for its cruciform ubosot which was constructed in 1596. The four back-to-back Buddha images are particularly impressive. Map: https://goo.gl/maps/2db92jnGpkE2

The murals inside Wat Phumin in Nan are of interest. They depict scenes of the local life of the time when they were painted by Thai Lue artists at the end of the 19th century. The most famous mural is the Whispering Lovers.

Drone photos of Wat Phumin in Nan. Now it’s easier to see the cruciform shape of the temple. There’s also an entrance on each side to the four Buddha’s facing each direction. Map: https://goo.gl/maps/2db92jnGpkE2

Lunch today was at U Dee Kin Dee in Nan. I had roti with green curry. It tasted good though it was a bit strange that they cooked it with a packet of frozen mixed vegetables. I guess that’s why they called it fusion food. Map: https://goo.gl/maps/59NuRko636k

Across the street from U Dee Kin Dee restaurant in Nan there is a noodle shop that looks more interesting. They served each bowl with a decent sized pork ribs. I might try that next time. Map: https://goo.gl/maps/rtoG13meUoP2

At Nan Christian Sueksa School there is an old red building that dates back to 1915. It was originally called the Lincoln Academic School and was set up by American missionaries. Entry is free. Map: https://goo.gl/maps/e5UpcpaCH5x

The 100 year old “red building” has now been turned into a museum of Nan province with teachers volunteering their time to be guides. There are a number of artifacts on display as well as hundreds of old photos.

Afternoon coffee break at Erabica Coffee in Nan. Map: https://goo.gl/maps/Ft9zJ7wSFoM2

If you’re in Nan this weekend and enjoy drinking coffee, then head down to the “Eat Local @ Nan Coffee & Travel” event at Huan Hung Tor Coffee Shop (เฮือนฮังต่อ กาแฟน่าน). Map: https://goo.gl/maps/jQHkYK3eGn42

Nan is fast becoming known as a coffee drinkers destination where you can enjoy the green scenery while visiting coffee plantations in one of eight areas of Nan Province. Tomorrow we will be visiting the Doi Sakat area in Pua district of Nan.

Dinner tonight at Huan Phuka restaurant (เฮือนภูคา) in Nan. Map: https://goo.gl/maps/dLiqhJxYc7p

A cheap and easy way to explore Nan is to take a tram tour. There are four rounds per day at 9:30am, 10:30am, 1:30pm, and 3:30pm costing 30 Baht per person. At 8:30am and 2:30pm you can rent the whole tram for 1,000 Baht. It leaves from the car park opposite Wat Phumin.

There’s a Walking Street in front of Wat Phumin in Nan every week from Friday to Sunday nights.

DAY TWO: Good morning from Nan in Northern Thailand. This is Day 2 of a 3-day trip. I’ve been invited by the local TAT office to explore food & coffee options in the province during the rainy season. Here’s a link to the photo map blog of my last visit.

Wat Nong Bua in Ban Nong Bua, Tha Wang Pha District of Nan, is an old temple with a unique style of paintings believed to have been painted by the Thai Lue, an ethnic minority in Nan, during the reign of King Rama V. Map: https://goo.gl/maps/kMDM8hWJyrj

Drone photos of Ban Nong Bua in Tha Wang Pha District of Nan. The Thai Lue people living here are noted for producing traditional Thai fabric, an art handed down through the generations.

Skaddee Homestay on Doi Saket in Pua district of Nan is a good place to enjoy the slow life of an isolated village. Prices start from 750B per person. They can even pick you up from the airport. Call 083-0846411 or visit their Facebook page. Map: https://goo.gl/maps/nqh4XX6xhCp

Drone photos looking down on several isolated communities in Sakat sub-district of Nan.

Lunch and coffee at Skaddee Homestay in Tambon Saket in Pua district of Nan. Map: https://goo.gl/maps/nqh4XX6xhCp

Wat Phuket is on a small hill on the outskirts of Pua in Nan. Most people come here for the fine views of the rice fields & hills beyond. But it is also notable for its “temple stay” project where you can stay for 500 Baht a night. Map: https://goo.gl/maps/26EbyoqFnkv

In a rice field near Wat Phuket in Pua district of Nan, there are coffee shops and stores selling local products. You can also observe weaving by Thai Lue people. Map: https://goo.gl/maps/26EbyoqFnkv

Drone photos of the countryside around Wat Phuket in Pua district of Nan.

Wat Nong Daeng is situated in Chiang Klang district of Nan province. It is an ancient temple of the Thai Lue people built about 200 years ago. Of particular interest is the wooden wihan building which is the last of its kind. Map: https://goo.gl/maps/rpPfrDybRNP2

In the grounds of Wat Nong Daeng there is a giant fig tree and another oddity which has been given the nickname of “candle tree” due to its long candle-like fruit.

Tonight we are staying at Sangthong Resort in Chiang Klang, Nan province. Map: https://goo.gl/maps/2upNDMyevju

Drone photos of Chiang Klang in Nan province where we are staying tonight. Should be even more beautiful once the rice has been planted and fully grown. Map: https://goo.gl/maps/2upNDMyevju

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After all the bad press about the smog in Northern Thailand earlier in the year, it’s only fair that I mention that by May the smog usually clears and we get perfect conditions. The air quality in Nan today is only 20 (PM10).

Dinner tonight at Sangthong Resort in Chiang Klang, Nan province. A good meal with fine views of rice fields and hills beyond. Tomorrow morning we will get up early to go for a cycle ride around the rice fields to see the sunrise.

Nan is a rural province in northern Thailand bordering Laos, known for its natural scenery and slow way of life. It is 668 kilometres north of Bangkok. Click here for a Google Map showing the places that we’ve visited so far.

DAY THREE: Good morning from Chiang Klang in Nan, Northern Thailand. There was heavy rain overnight. Still raining now. On the plus side, the air quality reading is only 8 (PM2.5) and cool enough not to use the air-conditioning. This is the view from the bed in my hotel room.

An enjoyable cycle ride this morning around the countryside in Chiang Klang in Nan province, Northern Thailand. Many farmers out in the fields planting rice. In a few months this will all be very green.

Abandoned tobacco kilns in Chiang Klang, Nan. These days it’s all done by electric instead of wood fire. Map: https://goo.gl/maps/sdtjR3RUJuu

This morning we visited Chao Mekwadee, an old teak building in Nan town that is more than 100 years old. It was originally built as a bridal house for a future king of the Nan kingdom. Free to visit but should call first on 084 -0466516. Map: https://goo.gl/maps/GgdDVZmAmbB2

We ate lunch at the residence of Chao Mekwadee in Nan. We had a traditional curry of the Lanna people using all fresh ingredients. Very delicious.

For desserts we visited Khanom Waen Pa Nim (ร้าน ของหวานป้านิ่ม), which is on the outskirts of Nan city. Here they serve a variety of traditional Thai desserts. I had ice cream with mango and black sticky rice. Map: https://goo.gl/maps/783mDfJuziL2

We’re finishing our trip in Nan how we started it, by visiting a coffee shop. Though Banban Nannan is somewhat unique as it’s also a book store, a library and a guesthouse. Map: https://goo.gl/maps/Tpavabqf8eQ2

Boarding Air Asia FD3557 from Nan to Bangkok. Flight time is just over one hour.

That’s a wrap on my 3-day trip to Nan in Northern Thailand. I hope you enjoyed my pictures and I’ve inspired you to visit. There’s a lot more to see. We only just scratched the surface. Click here for a photo album of my previousvisit.

4 comments

  1. Walter says:

    Just love your travel reports, Richard. Off to Nan, Lampang, Lamphun, ChiangRai in November, your travel reports have helped a lot prepare for the trip, thank you so much!

  2. Peter Scott says:

    Richard Nan is clearly worth a visit. I am in Chiang Mai and will look at whether I can drive there. Those are incredible drone pics. What sort machine were you using?

  3. Amanda Allison says:

    Wonderful photo album! I have now added Nan to my Thailand bucket list and I definitely need to get into drone photography. Thank you for sharing.

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