Nan, Thailand (Part 1)

A lost boy

Let’s get lost with this little boy while travelling.

Nan, Thailand

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Hello, guys! For two straight weeks, you have traveled along with me to the northern part of Thailand. Still, it was just only one famous province: Chiang-Mai.  This week, we are still going around this region, so I hope you are not bored, yet.

Unlike Chiang-Mai, where already has its own fame among international tourists for decades, the province I’m going to present to you today is completely opposite. It had not been popular in terms of tourism until a couple years ago. The governor of this province decided to promote more tourism around the area and nationally introduce many unseen places. To this point, you may be curious where it is, right? Don’t be panic! Just fasten your seatbelt and get ready to be lost in Nan, Thailand with me!

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Yes, the place we’ll get lost today is Nan, a small northern province of Thailand. It is a very peaceful place and flourishing in Thai cultural architectures such as graceful temples and local buildings.

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Since not many tourists have known about this provinces, the streets, restaurants and religious sites in Nan are uncrowded. Plus, the traffic is absolutely better than Bangkok’s, making your travelling a lot more fun. For those who don’t have personal cars, there are various public trams especially serviced for a city tour.

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A passing-by tram

Normally, I don’t like going to temples much, yet I’m completely lost in here. Maybe, the temples in other regions are always full of people, but Nan’s is not like that at all. There are plenty of rooms for you to stand and appreciate the beauty of architectures. Also, when you are making merit, you don’t have to rush yourself. You can take times to make a wish as long as you desire.

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Light a candle for a hope. 🙂

The must-go temples on my lists are Wat Ming Mueang, Wat Phra That Chang Kham Worawihan, and Wat Phumin. These three lists are located on the street in the centre of the town and not far from each other. You can conveniently take the tourism tramcar so that you can cover them all in the first time visit.

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In my opinion, the most outstanding temple in Nan is Wat Ming Mueang as all buildings were constructed by white stuccos creating a pure colour for both architectures and delicate sculptures.

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Wat Ming Mueang

In contrast, it is very bright and vivid within the temple due to the iconic mural in authentic Thai styles.

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Shine bright insight out

Moreover, the City Pillar Shrine is also placed within the temple. Local people always come to worship the shrine for having a better life and being protected from any dangers.

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Nan’s City Pillar Shrine

However, when it comes to religious heritages, you can not forget Wat Phra That Chang Kham Worawihan. It has Thailand’s biggest hall of Tripitaka or the Buddhist scriptures. Next to the hall, you will see the golden Buddha statue ageing more than 600 years.

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a snapshot of Wat Phra That Chang Kham Worawihan across the street

On top of that, Wat Phumin highly contains several historical importances through the renowned murals painted by colour powders. In fact, each mural tells different stories such as Jataka, local legends and historical records of Nan’s native citizen. Nowadays, most people worship the Buddha statue within the temple in the belief that they will be richer, more intelligent and well-supported by surrounding people.

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an entrancing gate of Wat Phumin

Moving to the next location, it’s a natural plumeria tunnel nearby Wat Phumin. This place becomes a really nice spot in which you can take a memorable romantic photo. The environment of this area is so refreshing that you can either walk around and take photos or ride a bicycle under this beautiful tunnel.

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After-wedding shot of my parents: tales as old as time 🙂

Apart from the architectural tourism and city tour, there is another exciting activity related to Nan’s culture. During September and October when the water level in Nan reaches its peak, a traditional long boat racing festival will be annually held. It catches numerous spectators’ attention for the furious competition as well as the artistry patterns of each long boat and competitors’ noticeable costumes.

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The bow of a boat
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Nan’s traditional long boat

 

After touring around this town, you may get tired and want to rest. But where to? Stay tuned for my next update! It’ll be Nan’s most recommended cafe and restaurant edition!

Until I get lost again, see you soon!
Bye 😉

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5 thoughts on “Nan, Thailand (Part 1)

  1. Is Nan far from Chiang Mai? Is there any public transport from Chiang Mai to Nan?
    Does the tram service operating everyday or just the weekends ? What are the charges? Any difference between locals n foreigners?

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    1. If you take a public bus, it would be around 4-5 hours, while it’s 45 mins by plane. There are also many trams. The one operating everyday charges around 20 baht. Some hotels do provide the services.

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