Tour the Historic and Artistic Province of Nan with the All New Pajero sport
Nan - a province whose name we’ve heard of for a long time but have never visited - Amazing Road Trips with All New Pajero sport would like to invite you to drive your All New Pajero sport to visit the province.
Get to Know Our Destination
A good start for our trip so we can get to know Nan better is a visit to the Nan National Museum. The museum is housed within the former home of the Nan ruler. The ground floor has academic publications, local products, and souvenirs for sale while the lobby and the north wing house exhibitions about the northern lifestyle and the hill tribe culture. The second floor lobby has exhibits about the area’s geography while the area in the back has displays on history and ancient art. Since we are discussing art, our second recommended stop is the Nan Riverside Art Gallery, a private art gallery spanning a huge area of over 13 rai. The gallery was established and managed by local artist Vinai Prapripu to collect local art and preserve the local culture. The gallery is located by the Nan River and is surrounded on all sides by a mountain range, thus giving it magnificent views.
Nan has many ancient temples, most prominent of which is Phra That Chae Haeng Temple, situated atop a hill. The golden buildings make the temple stand out from afar. The temple reflects the close relationship Nan has with Sukothai since ancient times. The temple has a well whose water is believed to have sacred powers. Legend has it that a Nan ruler ordered an excavation of the area in 1830 and workmen found a honey-colored gem. Four meters into the digging, workmen came across water gushing out and filling up the well. Another important religious site is Phra That Khao Noi situated 240 meters above sea level on Khao Noi to the west of the city. The temple was built by Chao Pu Kaeng in 1487 and is made of bricks in the combination of Myanmar and Lanna styles. The chedi houses hair relics of the Buddha and was renovated during the reign of King Suriyapong Paritdej from 1906-1911 by Myanmar craftsmen. The front of the temple is flanked by 303 Naga steps while visitors can enjoy a panoramic view from inside the temple. The viewpoint also houses a Buddhist statue that was erected to celebrate the 6th cycle birthday of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej on December 5, 1999. The tip of the Buddha statue’s hair is made of gold.
Another most revered temple in Nan is Phra That Chang Kham Temple which houses the Buddha’s relics. This chedi is influenced by the Sukothai style and was built during the 15th century. The chedi is surrounded by elephant statues with six statues on each side, totaling 24, to support the second storey. The chedi underwent renovation and is covered by gold leaves. The temple also has a 145-centimeter tall gold statue made of 65% gold, with more gold added to the tip in 1899. The main chapel is huge with large concrete columns and stunning plaster work that is 1.5 meters from the ground. Our last temple stop is Phumin Temple which is the only temple in Thailand to be built in the shape of a cross. An aerial view of the temple seems as though it was built on the back of two Nagas. During World War II, the Thai government used an image of the temple on the back of the one-Baht banknote. Moreover, the temple was also replicated by the Ancient City in Samut Prakan.
Fun in the Sun
- Those born during the year of the rabbit should pay respect at Phra That Chae Haeng Temple, which is opened from 6am to 6pm every day.
- Phumin Temple has famous wall murals that tells of the lifestyle of ancient people. The most famous mural is the one of an elderly couple whispering to each other. Visitors can still view evidence of the bright colors used to paint the mural, which is similar to the nouveau abstract style.
- Nan is also the source of Sin Thao salt and locals still use the ancient way of producing salt so try it for yourself.
- Don’t miss getting up in the early morning to give alms and enjoy the local breakfast delicacies.
- Because Nan has a lot of ancient temples, do wear appropriate clothing when visiting. Women should avoid wearing shorts and singlets while shoes should be those that are easy to remove because every temple requires you to be barefoot. Please don’t use loud noise when inside the temple.
- Temples in Nan are usually small in size so you can expect to be able to visit many temples in one day.
- Nan is a small province that is very clean. Tourists like us should help take care of the environment by disposing of our trash in proper receptacles.
เHow to Get There
The Nan National Museum is located in the city along Highway 101. Before getting to the city, there will be an intersection where you can get to the museum. The Nan Riverside Gallery is located to the North in the direction of Tawangpa, Pua, Tungchang, and Chalermprakiat districts. The gallery is located on the right at the 20th kilometer interval. Use Highway 1168 to get to Phra That Chae Haeng or use the Nan-Mae Charim Highway. The temple is about three kilometers from the city. The Phra That Khao Noi Temple is located about two kilometers from Phayawan Temple. Phra That Changkam Temple is located on Suriyapong Road, across from the Nan National Museum and Phumin Temple.
Safe Driving Tips
For more information, please contact
Phrae Tourism Authority of Thailand Office
Areas of Jurisdiction: Phrae, Nan, Uttaradit
34/130-131 Muanghit Road, Tambon Naiwieng, Muang District, Phrae Province
Tel: 0 5452 1118
Fax: 0 5452 1119