A quiet and tranquil province, Nan
nestles in a verdant valley in northern Thailand. About 668
kilometers from Bangkok, it covers an area of 11,472 square
kilometers and is made up of the following districts (Amphoe) and
sub-district (King Amphoe).
Amphoe Muang, Wiang Sa, Pua,
Chiang Klang, Tha Wang Pha, Thung Chang, Mae Charim, Ban Luang, Na
Noi, Na Muen, Santisuk, Bo Klua, Chalerm Phrakiat , Song Khaeo and
King Amphoe Phu Phiang. Nan's history is deeply involved with its
neighbors, in particular Sukhothai which played an important role in
both political and religious terms. Today Nan is still the home of
numerous Thai Lue and other hilltribes who retain highly interesting
customs and traditions.
: - Borders Laos
South : - Borders Uttaradit.
North : - Borders Phrae, Phayao and Chiang Rai.
From Nan city to nearby provinces
- Phayao 176 kms.
- Chiang Rai 270 kms.
- Chiang Mai 318 kms.
- Phrae 118 kms.
- Amphoe Denchai (Phrae) 142 kms.
From Nan city to its districts
- Amphoe Wiang Sa 25 kms.
- Amphoe San Tisuk 32 kms.
- Amphoe Mae Charim 38 kms.
- Amphoe Tha Wang Pha 41 kms.
- Amphoe Ban Luang 45 kms.
- Amphoe Na Noi 60 kms.
- Amphoe Pua 60 kms.
- Amphoe Chiang Klang 76 kms.
- Amphoe Na Muen 80 kms.
- Amphoe Thung Chang 86 kms.
- Amphoe Bo Klua 133 kms.
- Amphoe Song Khaeo75 kms.
How to get there
Bangkok - Nakhon Sawan - Phitsanulok - Uttaradit - Denchai - Phrae -
Nan Highway for 668 kms.
The 9-hour journey from Bangkok can be made on air-conditioned buses
and non-air conditioned buses leaving from the Northern Bus Terminal
in Bangkok on Kamphaeng Phet 2 Road (Tel : 537-8055, 936-2852).
There is no direct train to Nan. Travellers can take a train from
Bangkok Railway Station to Denchai in Phrae province. Then then take
a local bus to Nan, some 146 kms away. Contact Bangkok Railway
Station at Tel. 223-7010, 223-7020 for train timetable.
Thai Airways International operates
daily flight from Bangkok to Nan. Contact its office in Bangkok at
(02) 280-0060 for flight schedule and ticket reservation.
Festivals & Events
and Red Cross Fair
The fair is held annually around mid-December at the
Provincial Stadium.The golden orange, with golden peel and a sweet
taste, is a famous crop of Nan Province. The orange's gold color
results from the difference between day time and night time
temperature. Main features in the fair include beauty contests,
Golden orange parade contest, Contest, booths displayed by the
government and private sectors, and various entertainment.
Traditional Boat Race
It is held in October or November when the Nan River flows
swiftly past the province. It is incorporated with the celebrations
of the Black Ivory and the local Tod Kathin. Boats are dugouts made
from large logs and beautifully decorated. Manned by well-trained
oarsmen, the racing boats are lustily cheered on by spectators
lining both banks of the river.