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  • The Nan loop by motorbike
    4 stars

    While the Mae Hong Son loop is a very popular Northern Thailand trip that can easily be done by motorbike or public transport, a far less travelled but arguably even more beautiful trip is the Nan loop. Offering spectacular views, national parks and impressive riding, it's a less challenging -- ... read more

  • Wat Phumin
    3.5 stars

    There are three notable features here. The temple's murals (in the midst of a renovation during our last visit) are considered to be the finest example of Lanna-style murals and are well worth a look. Some parts are badly damaged and faded, but other sections, especially those higher up, are in ... read more

  • Nan National Museum
    4 stars

    The star attraction is a black elephant tusk, which measures 94 cm in length and weighs 18 kg. There is also the mandatory Buddha collection, along with a selection of interesting knick-knacks and a reasonable display documenting the cultures of the hilltribes living in Nan province. Housed ... read more

  • Wat Phra That Chae Haeng
    3.5 stars

    Set atop a hill overlooking Nan in the distance, the approach is via a broad walkway flanked by naga balustrades emptying out to the main enclosure, with a reclining Buddha to the left (with its back to you within), the main temple to your right and the stupa straight ahead. It took five years ... read more

  • Wat Hua Khuang
    3.5 stars

    The first reads "No evidence of construction date known" while the second says "Assume built around 1525 AD". One goes on to note that there were renovations in 1882 and 1927, while the other specifies a single renovation in 1911. We think they should take one of the placards down. Placard ... read more

  • Wat Phra That Chang Kham
    3.5 stars

    Visible from the street, the large stupa supported by 24 stone elephants is the source of the temple's name -- "elephant supported stupa" -- and just before it sits the main affair, housing a massive seated Buddha. Interestingly, also from within this wat's grounds an art historian found a ... read more

  • Wat Phra That Kao Noi
    4 stars

    Overlooking the downtown area and it’s surrounds, this towering Buddha statue and accompanying view has become rather iconic, and you will see the image in many tourism-related materials about Nan. There is also a token temple on site, but aside from a pleasant and rather large Buddha image ... read more

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