Photo: Trekking into the national park.



As the tourism hub for the northern part of Nan province, Pua does have quite a few places to stay. Since local tourism is highly seasonal, for much of the year most of the places are largely empty, while a high season bank holiday weekend may see everywhere suddenly fill up. It’s not at the point of Chiang Rai’s Phu Chee Fah, where many hotels simply close down during the week, and it does mean that bargain rates can often be had.

In central Pua options are mainly located along Route 101 as it passes through the centre of town, with a couple down in the old town and along Route 1081. If you have your own transport and bit of cash to spare, fancier Thai-style resorts can be found outside town. Midrange Green Hills gets our vote while for budget travellers Golden Inn is a good choice if you have your own wheels. If you’re not sure – and it seemed to us new places may well be opening up – then a good bet is to head to the excellent tourist information centre. They will know of any new spots and can explain precisely where hotels are located, since many lack signage in English.

Green Hill Resort
Flashpacker - 600B to 1,500B
679 Moo 3, off Route 1080 or 101, depending on which map you look at
T: 054) 791 111, (086) 810 1271

Not so easy to find but, with a central location and probably the best flashpacker option in town, Green Hill Resort is worth seeking out. It lies off the northern side of Route 101 (or Route 1080 according to some maps), as it heads west from the T-junction. Opposite the junction you’ll see one of the town’s several 7-elevens and the lane down the left of the store as you look at it leads a... Read our full review of Green Hill Resort .

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Chomphu Pukha Resort
Backpacker - Under 600B
382 Moo 8, Route 1080, just west of tourist centre, Pua
T: (054) 791 160, (081) 950 5890

Unlike some of Pua’s hotels, Chomphu Pukha Resort is difficult to miss, found on a rise at the western end of the town’s main street before Route 101 heads out of town towards Nan. It’s a short distance up the hill from the tourist centre and if you still can’t see it the hotel is liberally strewn with bright lights for good measure. From the carpark, reception for the two-storey hotel is... Read our full review of Chomphu Pukha Resort.

Golden Inn
Backpacker - Under 600B
Route 1081, 1.5 km south of the T-junction, Pua
T: (054) 718 918, (089) 854 0730, (085) 653 9782

Golden Inn is a new (as of December 2015) motel-style spot with very good value rooms, though it is located a little bit out of town. It's found around 1.5 kilometres south of town on Route 1081, which isn’t a problem if you have transport but makes for a bit of hike if you don’t. Having said that, there are several cafes very close by – though they do close early - plus a 24-hour... Read our full review of Golden Inn .

Parichart Place
Backpacker - Under 600B
On Route 101/1080 opposite Pua tourist information, Pua
T: (089) 500 3184

Rooms at Parichart Place are certainly nothing flashy but for the price more than acceptable and are in a good spot too. There's no English sign but it's relatively easy to spot: it’s the pastel pink and baby blue three-storey house more or less opposite the tourist information centre. (It’s at the right end of a short row of townhouses.) It's got more of guesthouse than hotel feel to it... Read our full review of Parichart Place .

Doi Phuka National Park accommodation
Backpacker - Under 600B
Route 1256, half way between Bo Kluea and Pua
T: (054) 701 000, (082) 194 1349 or (025) 620 7604 for reservations

A road leads from the park headquarter buildings up the hill to the north, where a selection of chalets plus a camp site are found. They’re well spread out - so some of them quite a walk - but all are pleasantly situated. Some of the larger chalets are splendidly sited with wide balconies providing great views down the slopes. Being national park lodges, the chalets are functional so no fancy... Read our full review of Doi Phuka National Park accommodation.

Prangtong Mansion
Backpacker - Under 600B
408 Moo 8, old town’s main street (formerly Route 1080), Pua
T: (080) 497 8019, (084) 173 9400

Prangtong Mansion is something of a curious spot, more school or municipal building than hotel, and with no English sign outside we walked past it twice without noticing. (There is a large yellow sign in Thai though.) The two-storey white building houses several large and very well maintained rooms. Each room has TV and attached bathrooms are clean. Fan or air-con choices are available. Helpful... Read our full review of Prangtong Mansion .

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