Nan Attractions, Attractions in Nan, what to do in Nan, Nan Sightseeing

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Attractions
Historical Sites
Sao Din Na Noi or Hom Chom and Khok Suea
Location : Amphoe Na Noi
Sao Din Na Noi
Sao Din Na Noi or Hom Chom and Khok Suea
Sao Din Na Noi or Hom Chom and Khok Suea is located in Chiang Khong sub-district, 60 kilometres from Mueang Nan. From Na Noi district, there is a crossroad. Go along Highway No. 1083 for approximately 6 kilometres. It is a soil formation into strange shapes, similar to the "Phae Mueang Phi" of Phrae Province. From geological evidence, it appears that Sao Din Na Noi occurred from the movement of the earth’s crust during the late Tertiary Period and the natural erosion of water and wind. Geologists assume that it might be aged during 10,000 – 30,000 years and was once the bottom of the sea. There have been discoveries of stone bangles and ancient axes at this place, which are currently preserved at the Nan National Museum. It reflects that this area was once a habitation place of human beings in the Palaeolithic Age.
Religious Sites
Wat Phaya Wat (Phaya Wat Temple)
Location : Amphoe Mueang
This temple is located just before reaching the town on Highway No. 101. An ancient religious site, it has rectangular Chedi bases on which Buddha states are placed around the Chedi structure. Combined artistic influences of Lanna, Lan Chang and native Nan can be detected.
Wat Suan Tan (Suan Tan Temple)
Location : Amphoe Mueang
This monastery is located in Tambon Nai Wiang, Amphoe Mueang, It has a beautiful pagoda with several levels decorated with works of art, Four niches are located in the four directions at the lowest level. A big bronze Buddha image, 4.11 metres high, named "Phra Chao Thong Thit" is housed inside the monastery. A grand celebration with fireworks display takes place all day and all night during the Songkran festival.
Wat Chang Kham (Chang Kham Temple)
Location : Amphoe Mueang
Wat Phumin
Wat Phumin
Opposite the Nan National Museum is Wat Chang Kham. Its main features are the sculpted upper halves of elephants adorning around the Chedi, a Sukhothai influence. Here have been found stones with ancient Thai scripts relating the alliance between the kings of Nan and Sukhothai when Nan was still and independent state. An ancient golden Buddha is enshrined in the Vihan.
Wat Phumin (Phumin Temple)
Location : Amphoe Mueang
A uniquely designed and the most interesting temple in Nan is Wat Phumin, which has a 4-portico, single building housing both the Ubosot and Vihan. Four Buddha statues with their backs against one another are installed in the main hall facing the four directions. The doors are delicately carved in splendid designs by Lanna craftsmen.

Wat Phumin underwent a major restoration in 1867 since it was built some 27 years ago. It is believed that the wall murals were commissioned during this time. The wall paintings, in Thai Lu style are considered highly valuable and depict legends concerning the Lord Buddha as well as local legends and the local way of life, which include native attires, weaving and commerce with foreign countries.
Wat Phrathat Khao Noi (Phrathat Khao Noi Temple)
Location : Amphoe Mueang
Wat Phrathat Khao Noi is situated at Tambon Chai Sathan. The Buddha relic is enshrined in the chedi on the summit of Khao Noi on the western side of Nan town on a similar route as Wat Phaya Wat at Km. 2. It was constructed during the reign of Chaopu Khaeng in 1487. The Phrathat is a chedi made of bricks and cement reflecting a combination of Burmese and Lanna arts. It contains Buddha’s hair and was under major renovation during the reign of Phrachao Suriyaphong Pharitdet during 1906 - 1911 by Burmese craftsmen. The wihan was constructed during this similar period as well.

From Wat Phrathat Khao Noi, the surrounding scenery of Nan can be seen. At present, at the viewpoint spot is “Phra Phuttha Maha Udom Mongkhon Nanthaburi Si Nan”, a 9-metre Buddha image in the giving blessing posture on a lotus base. The head finial of the image was made of gold with a total weight of 27 Baht. It was cast on the auspicious occasion of His Majesty the King’s 6th Cycle Birthday Anniversary on 5 December, 1999.
Wat Phra That Chae Haeng (Phra That Chae Haeng Temple)
Location : Amphoe Phu Phiang
Wat Phra That Chae Haeng
Wat Phra That Chae Haeng
Wat Phrathat Chae Haeng is a sacred place of worship, situated on a mound on the eastern side of the Nan River, at the former centre of the Nan town after moving from Pua town. Wat Phra Borommathat Chae Haeng was constructed during the rule of Chao Phraya Kanmueang (the Feudal Lord of Nan during 1326 – 1359) as an enshrining venue of 7 Buddha relics, silver and golden votive tablets presented by King Maha Thammaracha Lithai on the occasion that Chao Phraya Kanmueang assisted in the construction of Wat Luang Aphai (Wat Pa Mamuang in Sukhothai Province at present) in 1354.
Wat Nong Daeng (Nong Daeng Temple)
Location : Amphoe Chiang Klang
Wat Nong Daeng in Puea sub-district was constructed in 1787 by the Thai Lue and Thai Phuan people. The main Buddha image was cast by Khruba Sitthikan. The first renovation of the assembly hall was done in 1949 and again later in 1995. It was completed in 1996. Within the compound of the temple is a large shady terrace. The Chofa – gable finial decoration of a Buddhist temple’s roof – is engraved into the sculpture of Nok Hatsadiling (Hastilinga) – a mythical bird in the literature whose tip of the beak is an elephant’s trunk.

The Thai Lue people believe that it is a high-ranked animal from heaven. At the same time, the eaves boards are embellished with wooden fretwork, the unique ones of the Thai Lue people. The Buddha image is enshrined on the Chukkachi base – a masonry base of intertwined Nagas, called Naga Throne. It has been believed that the Naga is a symbol of gracefulness, goodness, and a protector of Buddhism. Wat Nong Daeng was granted the Award of Outstanding Performance in the category of Cultural Attraction in Northern Thailand in the 5th Thailand Tourism Awards 2004.
Wat Nong Bua (Nong Bua Temple)
Location : Amphoe Tha Wang Pha
Located at Nong Bua Village, Wat Nong Bua was built in 1862 during King Rama IV's time by Thai Lu who migrated from Sib Song Pan Na Province in South China. The assembly hall of Wat Nong Bua is in the traditional architectural style of Lanna Thai. It is believed that the murals were painted in 1867. It tools 21 years and was completed in 1888. Everything about the hall is much simpler than that of Wat Phumin.
Monuments
Thung Chang Sacrificial Monument & Thung Chang Military Museum
Location : Amphoe Thung Chang
Thung Chang Sacrificial Monument
Thung Chang Sacrificial Monument
Thung Chang Sacrificial Monument and Thung Chang Military Museum were constructed to commemorate the heroes who sacrificed their life for the country. Their Majesties the King and the Queen attended and conducted the opening ceremony, as well as, placed the wreaths at the monument on 10 February, 1976. Therefore, this date of every year is considered the memorial day when wreaths have been presented and a merit making ceremony has been organised for the heroes up until at present. The monument is located on Highway 1080, Nan – Thung Chang Route, at Km. 84. Moreover, the Thung Chang Military Museum displays military weapons for further knowledge and study.
Museums
Nan National Museum
Location : Amphoe Mueang
The building of the Nan National Museum was actually constructed in 1903 and once the residence of a ruler of Nan. It displays exhibitions concerning the town's history and major structures, evolution of arts in different ages, and numerous ancient objects, the most eminent of which is the Black Ivory. It also provides anthropological information on the northern indigenous people including the several minorities residing in Nan. The museum is open Wednesday-Sunday from nine in the morning until four o'clock in the afternoon.

Opening Hours : 09.00 am. - 04.00 pm.
Admission : 10 Baht / Thai Visitor, 30 Baht / Foreigner Visitor
Contact : Tel.: 0 5471 0561, 0 5471 0261
Market
Kat Laeng or Evening Market
Location : Amphoe Mueang
Kat Laeng or Evening Market
Kat Laeng or Evening Market
Kat Laeng or Evening Market is located on the bank of Nan River in Nan City. Handicrafts, souvenirs and various kinds of products are on sale.
Ban Huai Kon Border Market
Location : Amphoe Chalerm Phra Kiat
Ban Huai Kon Border Market is in an area of the Ban Huai Kon Checkpoint, opposite Mueang Nam Ngoen, Sayaboury province, Lao PDR., 138 kilometres from Mueang Nan district. The market is open on Saturdays from early morning until nearly noon. Offered products are woven fabric in the Nam Lai design, the handicraft of the Thai Lue people, consumer products such as things from forests, Luk Tao or Luk Chit - Arenga pinnata, etc.
Natural Attractions
Sila Phet Waterfall
Location : Amphoe Pua
This is regarded as a most beautiful waterfall, located in Tambon Sila Phet, Amphoe Pua.
Other Attractions
Ban Bo Suak Kiln Site and Glazed Ceramics
Location : Amphoe Mueang
Ban Huai Kon Border Market
Ban Huai Kon Border Market
Ban Bo Suak in the past was an important production venue of glazed ceramics in Nan province. The production pattern and process of this place are unique.

It is assumed that the ceramic products from Ban Bo Suak were once popular due to their discoveries in the burial grounds of the people in the past, especially along the mountain ridges from Omkoi district in Chiang Mai to Tak and Kamphaeng Phet provinces. It is assumed that the production of the Bo Suak ceramics was originated and developed during the reign of Phraya Phonlathep Ruechai (1528-1559) which was the glorious period of Nan. The knowledge of kilns and glazed ceramics of Nan was influenced from Lanna such as San Kamphaeng Kilns and Kalong Kilns which are kiln sites near Chiang Mai.
Ban Mani Phruek Security Development Project of Nan
Location : Amphoe Thung Chang
Ban Mani Phruek Security Development Project of Nan is an agro-tourism attraction where there is an experimental project for growing temperate plants. Moreover, there is Siao Khao or mountain ebony tree – Bauhinia variegate., the symbolic flower of the province, and Nang Phaya Suea Khrong – Prunus cerasoides D.Don. Inside the project are the Hmong and Lua hill-tribe villages. What is interesting is that the project is located on the Doi Phu Kha Mountain Range, where many groups of Chomphu Phu Kha – Bretschneidera sinensis Hemsl. are standing. However, the ones in perfect condition and location for visitors to pay a visit is 3-4 kilometres from the Tourist Information Centre. There is transportation to its entrance.
Ban Pak Nai Fisherman Village
Location : Amphoe Na Muen
Sila Phet Waterfall
Sila Phet Waterfall
Pak Nai was originally a village by the Nan River. After the construction of the Sirikit Dam, the village became a part of the water reservoir above the dam with characteristics similar to a large lake surrounded by green mountain ranges. The locals of Pak Nai village are fishermen. There are also restaurants on rafts providing fish from the dam to be tasted such as Pla Kot - catfish, Pla Bu - gobies, Pla Khang – Giant Catfish, Pla Raet - giant gourami, Pla Thapthim - Thai Red Tilapia, etc.

Some rafts also provide accommodation for tourists. From Ban Pak Nai, visitors can rent a boat to travel along the Nan River to the Sirikit Dam and admire the scenery of beautiful mountainous forests, islets, and fisherman’s raft houses. Out of the rainy season, there will be a pulled-raft service to Wat Pak Nai, where visitors can enjoy their meal on board. The trip takes approximately 2 hours. Moreover, there is a ferry service to Nam Pat District, Uttaradit province.
Thai Lue Culture Centre
Location : Amphoe Chiang Klang
Thai Lue Cultural Centre is located at Wat Yuan. The Thai Lue people are peaceful, diligent, patient, and conservative in their culture and traditions such as costumes, housing style, culinary matters, etc. This centre has been established to display the pieces of arts and culture, especially the colourful and elaborately designed Thai Lue fabrics in various patterns such as Lai Dok Kho Khruea, Lai Dok Kho, Lai Ma and Lai Dok Tang, as well as, to professionally train the Thai Lue people.
Sin Thao or Rock Salt Pits
Location : Amphoe Bo Kluea
Ban Bo Suak Kiln Site
Ban Bo Suak Kiln Site and Glazed Ceramics
The Rock Salt Pits are 80 kilometres from Mueang Nan. Apart from agriculture and farming, people of Bo Kluea district also produce salt. The source of the rock salt is on the mountain. (The salt pits are usually closed during Buddhist Lent due to the rainy season.)
Pa Klang Hill tribe Development and Assistance Village
Location : Amphoe Pua
Located at Tambon Silalaeng, about 69 kilometres from the provincial town, Pa Klang is a village of Meo, Yao, and Thin hill-tribes. After the eradication arrival of the communist insurgents in Nan in 1968, the tribes were separately settled in their former lifestyles producing beautiful handicrafts for sale to visitors.