Due to its remote location, Nan (น่าน) is not the kind of destination most travellers are going to stumble upon. But if you’ve taken the time to get here, you’ll be rewarded by a city rich in both culture and history.
Many of Nan’s residents are Thai Lü, the ancestors of immigrants from Xishuangbanna, in southwestern China. This cultural legacy is seen in the city’s art and architecture, particularly in its exquisite temples. A Lanna influence on the town can also be seen in the remains of the old city wall and several early wát.