Although few foreign visitors make it to Nan these days, plenty of local tourists come so a decent selection of accommodation choices are found in town. Most of these visitors coming from Bangkok and other major towns are limited to weekends or public holidays, so during the week most places are quiet and discounts are probably available. Weekends – especially during winter months – can get very busy and the best addresses do get booked up in advance.
We’ve restricted most of our choices to the centre of town for convenience sake but several larger, generic type hotels are also found in the suburbs, while a bunch of simple homestay-style spots are located around Amazing Guesthouse. The quiet streets close to the riverbank have an abundance of large houses in gardens and would seem an ideal area for a few new guesthouses. Though at present they’re in short supply we’d except/hope to see a few new spots open up in this area in the future.
Overall, Dhevaraj is a solid midrange hotel with a fine location; Nan Guesthouse is best of the rather limited guesthouse bunch and Sukkasem would be perfect if only they’d change their notoriously rock-hard mattresses. Nan Lanna gets our highest score but it’s small so you have to book early, while if you want to splash some cash Phuka Nanfah is the one to go for.
A long-running but well-maintained hotel, Dhevaraj is the principal flashpacking hotel in Nan's central district. The six-storey hotel looks onto Sumondhewaraj Road and is directly opposite the main market, so its location is perfect. Deceptively though, like a well-known police telephone box, it appears much larger from the inside than out and the relatively narrow frontage stretches way back... Read our full review of Dhevaraj Hotel.
A veritable institution, the Nan Guesthouse has been around for at least 25 years, and is still the best in town in classic guesthouse style. Rooms are smartly decorated and exceptionally clean, with both rooms with private bathroom and shared facilities available. Shared bathrooms are equally clean and well maintained. Guesthouse walls are liberally coated with maps, information, bus timetables... Read our full review of Nan Guest House.
The Nan Lanna Hotel falls somewhere between a hotel and guesthouse and is the best flashpacker option we found in town. Nan Lanna has a perfect location just a stone’s throw from most sights of the old town yet it's tucked away down a quiet soi off Sumondhewaraj. Entrance is by way of a small car-park/garden area behind which is a two-storey, white building with around eight rooms upstairs and... Read our full review of Nan Lanna Hotel.
The impressive old teak-fronted Phuka Nanfa used to be a slightly rundown flashpacker spot but is another Nan hotel that’s seen a total makeover of late. It now places itself firmly in the boutique Lanna category, with prices to match. This is as upmarket as you’ll find in downtown Nan. We confess to preferring the old rickety Nanfa managed by Nan’s equivalent of Basil Fawlty who’d... Read our full review of Pukha Nanfa Hotel.
What was formerly a somewhat sleazy, rundown Thai-Chinese hotel has received a major facelift -- if not near total reconstruction -- promoting it into one of the most attractive and popular digs in downtown Nan. Rooms vary considerably in size so look around – some are definitely on the tiny side – but all come with air-con, fridge, TV, WiFi and – and here’s the rub - super hard... Read our full review of Sukkasem Hotel.
Slightly north of centre, just off Sumondhewaraj Road, lies the popular S. P., set in an attractive two-storey building down a quiet side soi. Rooms are clean and comfortable and come with TV, private bathroom and hot water. Staff are helpful, though since it seems to be a one-man operation and he’s not a permanent fixture of the guesthouse, he can on occasions take a bit of finding. There’s... Read our full review of S.P. Guest House.
Amazing Guest House is a homely place with reasonable and clean rooms, though its location is inconvenient as it's well to the north of the town centre. It is the cheapest around so we’ve included it here for those on a serious budget but do be warned that it’s only really practical if you have your own transport. If you do, then you’re probably not on a strict budget so the only customer... Read our full review of Amazing Guest House.