Thailand Journals

Nan is Not a Bread

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A travel journal to Thailand by SeenThat

Nan River Photo, Nan, Thailand More Photos
Quote: As memorable as "Tucuman is Not the Man of Tookoo" and "Savannakhet is Not a Savannah", "Nan is Not a Bread" – the name of this journal – is not less accurate.

Lanna Thai Kingdom

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Long Boat Photo, Nan, Thailand
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Few places in Thailand provide a more insightful glance into Thai history than Nan. The Thai migration from China into modern Thailand - and Nan – was the result of the Han Chinese movement southwards. They arrived to their new home from Yunnan, mainly from the Xishuangbanna area. The native Mon-Khmer blended into the culture of the new settlers who brought rice to the area and created unprecedented wealth. However, malaria, the hilly terrain and predators kept the population in N...Read More

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Nan: the Province

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Nan River Photo, Nan, Thailand
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One of the northern provinces of Thailand, Nan is located in the upper valley of the Nan River, surrounded by mountains covered with forests. The highest mountain is the roughly 2000 meter high Doi Phukha, north-east of the city of Nan towards Laos; about 10% of the population belongs to the hill tribes.Its capital is the town of the same name; with little over twenty thousand inhabitants, it is about 670 kilometers north of Bangkok. Other settlements o...Read More

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Thai Lue Style and Other Wats in Nan

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Attraction | "Upper Halves of Elephants "

Wat Phra That Chang Kham Photo, Nan, Thailand
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Modern Nan is a pleasantly isolated backwaters location between Northern Thailand and Laos. It offers several attractions ranging from natural views to unique Thai Buddhist temples. The small, elongated town is built along the Nan River west bank; three bridges span the river and connect the town with nearby villages. Downtown Nan is delimited...Read More

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Practical Issues

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Attraction | "ATMs, Guesthouses; Boats, Curries"

Long Boat Photo, Nan, Thailand
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Getting that Perfect GiftLocal textiles always make good souvenirs: light, can be folded and cause no problems with customs. The Nan area is known for Thai Lu, a cloth with red and black geometric, floral and animal designs on white cotton. A related cloth is the Lai Nam Lai. It shows patterns of streams, rivers and waterfalls. Hill tribes’ textiles – mainly Hmong and Mien – are also widely available.Other popular souvenirs are local music instruments. The saloh looks like a violin and the sung is similar to a guitar. Wood carvings, silverware and other hill tribes’ handicraft are also popular. Good places for browsing these items are Hill Tribe House on 436,...Read More

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Old Route to Chiang Rai

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Attraction | "The Old Route to Chiang Rai"

Nan River Photo, Nan, Thailand
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In the Backpackers’ Universe, Nan owns its fame to the bus line traveling along the old route to Chiang Rai. ConnectionsThe city is connected to five main destinations: Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Phrae...Read More

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