The journey by bus from Chiang Mai to Nan is scheduled to take between 5 hours 30 minutes and 8 hours 25 minutes depending upon which bus you take.
Bus Timetable: Chiang Mai to Nan
Click on the Chiang Mai – Nan link in the timetable below for more information and to buy tickets.
Bus Stop in Chiang Mai
Bus services to Nan depart from Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 3, Wat Ket, Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai 50000.
Arrival in Nan
Bus services from Chiang Mai arrive in Nan at Nan Bus Terminal, Pha Sing, Mueang Nan District, Nan 55000.
Nan is the capital city of Nan Province in the Northern Region of Thailand, although with around 22,000 permanent residents Nan is more of a small town than it is a ‘city’. Nan Province borders Laos and is very mountainous and isolated. Not so many foreign visitors come to Nan, and many of those who do are on route to Luang Prabang via Xayaboury. There are several routes via which you can travel from Thailand to Luang Prabang and the route from Nan to Luang Prabang is one of the best because the scenery you pass through is spectacular and the countryside largely uninhabited except for small hill tribe settlements.
In Nan Province there are, however, some notable attractions including:
- Wat Phumin: Probably the most famous tourist attraction in Nan, this temple is believed to have been founded in the late 16th Century. The most interesting features of the temple are its four faced Buddha Statue and beautiful old wall murals.
- Wat Phra That Khao Noi: A few kilometres outside Nan city centre, this hill top temple features a 9 metre tall golden Buddha statue and panoramic views of the surrounding countryside.
- Sao Din Na Noi: Nan Province’s own Grand Canyon, albeit on a smaller scale. Sao Din Na Noi feature canyons and strange shaped rocks formed by the erosion of sand stone.
- Tham Pha Tup Forest Park: National Park land with steep cliff faces. There are lots of walks to do in the park and numerous caves to explore.