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Top Choice Buddhist Temple in Nan

Wat Phumin

Nan’s most famous Buddhist temple is celebrated for its exquisite murals that were executed during the late 19th century by a Thai Lü artist named Thit Buaphan. The exterior of the temple takes the form of a crucifo…
Top Choice Museum in Nan

Nan National Museum

Housed in the 1903 vintage palace of Nan’s last two feudal lords, this museum first opened its doors in 1973. In terms of collection and content, it’s one of the country’s better provincial museums and has English l…
Market in Nan

Walking Street

Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday afternoon, the stretch of Th Pha Kong in front of Wat Phumin is closed and vendors selling food, textiles, clothing and local handicrafts set up shop.
Buddhist Temple in Nan

Wat Phra That Chang Kham

This is the second-most important temple in the city after Wat Phra That Chae Haeng. The founding date is unknown, but the main wí·hăhn (sanctuary), reconstructed in 1458, has a huge seated Buddha image and faint mu…
Buddhist Temple in Nan

Wat Nong Bua

The neat and tidy Thai Lü village of Nong Bua, approximately 30km north of Nan, is famous for the Lü-style Wat Nong Bua. Featuring a typical two-tiered roof and carved wooden portico, the wí·hăhn (sanctuary) design …
National Park in Ban Bo Luang

Doi Phu Kha National Park

This national park is centred on 2000m-high Doi Phu Kha, the province’s highest peak, in Amphoe Pua and Amphoe Bo Kleua, about 75km northeast of Nan. There are several Htin, Mien, Hmong and Thai Lü villages in the p…
Buddhist Temple in Nan

Wat Phra That Chae Haeng

Located 2km past the bridge that spans Mae Nam Nan, heading southeast out of town, this Buddhist temple dating from 1355 is the most sacred wát in Nan Province. It’s set in a square walled enclosure on top of a hill…
Northern Thai in Nan

Pu Som Restaurant

The emphasis here is on meat, served in the local style as lâhp (a type of minced-meat ‘salad’) or néu·a·nêung (beef steamed over herbs and served with a delicious galangal-based dip). There’s no English-language si…
International in Nan

Hot Bread

This charming, retro-themed cafe and restaurant has a generous menu of Western-style breakfast dishes – including the eponymous and delicious homemade bread – and other Western and Thai items. Come for kôw soy (nor…
Thai in Nan

Rak Khun

In new digs by the bus station (there's no Roman-script sign), this place is a long-standing hit among locals. Don’t miss gaì tôrt má·kwàan (chicken fried with local spices) or yam pàk gòot (a salad of ferns).