Photo: Trekking into the national park.

Things to see and do

Nong Bua

Nong Bua is a charming little village set among rice-fields on the banks of the Nan River and home to one of Nan province’s most interesting wats. The quaint village is known as an enclave of Tai Lue culture and a small museum and a classic-style Tai Lue house are open to the public. An enterprising initiative sees bicycles available to pedal around a village handicraft route, where you can ... Read more about Nong Bua .

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Silaphet Waterfall

This is the closest to Pua out of several waterfalls that line the east side of Route 1081 and also definitely the most popular. Around 10 kilometres south of town you’ll see a sign on the left side of the road indicating the turning for Silaphet. Follow this for a short distance and you’ll find yourself in a carpark with a line of cafes to your right. With plenty of barbecued chicken, ... Read more about Silaphet Waterfall .

Tad Leuang Waterfall

A little further south from Silaphet on the same Route 1081 and a few kilometres north of Santisuk Town is another picturesque and English-signposted waterfall. A slightly faded but large sign points you down a lane leading through a small village on the east side of the road. Immediately before a tiny primary school a left turn along a dirt track takes you to a small carpark after about 1.5 ... Read more about Tad Leuang Waterfall .

Doi Phuka National Park
Phu Kha Sub-district, Pua
T: (054) 701 000, (054) 731 362

Doi Phuka is Nan province’s largest, best known and most spectacular national park, covering a wide swathe of forest-clad mountains — the western limits of the Luang Prabang ranges — in the northeastern part of the province, parallel to the Lao border. Its total area is a substantial 1,704 square kilometres and it’s home to the province’s highest peak, Doi Phuka, which stretches just ... Read more about Doi Phuka National Park .


While there’s not a lot to see in this little town, the main municipal market is well worth a wander. As the principal commercial centre for numerous outlying villages, Pua market is much larger and more bustling than you’d expect. Plenty of interesting products are on show and this is a photogenic spot as villagers and farmers hit town. The market was undergoing a complete re-build in late ... Read more about Markets .

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