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Nan-Phrae 3 days 2 nights

Day 1
Wat Phumin
Nan National Museum
Leelawadee Arch
Wat Phrathat Chang Kham

Day 2
Wat Phrathat Chae Haeng
Wat Nong Bua
Ban Tai Lue Coffee Shop
Ban Hua Nam Mushroom Farm

Day 3 
Phrae City Museum Khum Chao Luang
Baan Wong Buri
Phrathat Cho Hae
Wat Phrathat Doi Leng 

For the first day, we started at Nan inviting you to enjoy making merit and paying respect to a Buddha image and making a wish to enhance the prosperity of your life.
Start at “Wat Phumin”, one of the most famous temples of Nan. This temple is unique in that it is the only Jaturamuk-style building in Thailand by combining a church, a temple and a pagoda in the same building. It Is also a simulation of the universe according to Buddhist beliefs.

Inside is enshrined 4 large Buddha image in the posture of subduing Mara. It is believed that if you come to worship the Buddha images in all four directions, you will gain auspiciousness and merit that will send prosperity in your life and escape with safety.

A must-see highlight is the mural “Krasib Rak Banlue Lok”, which is a picture of a Pu Man Ya Man or Burmese husband and wife whispering to each other. It is the most outstanding and famous painting of Wat Phumin. It is the work of Nan Buaphan, a Tai Lue painter.
Phakong Road, Nai Wiang Subdistrict, Mueang Nan District, Nan
Open daily from 08:00 hrs. – 19:00 hrs.

Next, I visited the “Nan National Museum”, which was originally a gilded house and was the official residence of Suriyaphong Phritdet, a ruler of Nan. It was created in Thailand in 1903.

If you remember in the past, this building was white and covered with green tiles, but after being restored, as close to its original condition in the past, that in addition to being repainted many decorations had also changed. Currently, it has exhibits on archaeology and art history, included the livelihoods of the different tribes in Nan Province.

In addition, there is also a popular corner that everyone has to stop by and take photos that is the “Leelawadee Arch”, which I did not miss to take some photos to show to my friends.

From the Nan National Museum, cross the road to see “Wat Phrathat Chang Kham Worawihan” that was originally called “Wat Luang” or “Wat Luang Klang Wiang”, which was a temple used by the ruler as a place of important ceremonies. 

Inside, there is a large temple that enshrines a stucco Buddha image in the posture of subduing Mara, which is of the Chiang Saen art style. 

Wat Phrathat Chang Kham also has architecture that reflects the influence of Sukhothai art, which is Chang Lom Chedi. This is a bell-shaped chedi with half stucco elephants adorning around the base, which the word “Chang Kham” means to support Buddhism.
Suriyaphong Road, Nai Wiang Subdistrict, Mueang District, Nan
Open daily from 06:00 hrs. – 18:00 hrs. 

On the second day, we went to worship Phrathat Chae Haeng. We departed to see the paintings at Wat Nong Bua, and went to see the view of the green rice fields at Pua District.

Wat Phrathat Chae Haeng is a sacred place of the province located on a low hill on the east bank of the Nan River, which is in the centre of Nan. Inside the temple, there is Phrathat Chae Haeng, which contains the relics of the Lord Buddha. It is also the relics of the year of birth of those born in the Year of the Rabbit as well. It is believed that those who pay homage to Phrathat Chae Haeng will receive fame, fortune, promotion, and praise.
Muang Tuet Subdistrict, Phu Piang District, Nan
Open daily from 06:00 hrs. – 18:00 hrs.
Tel. 054 601 146 

Next place, we went to Wat Nong Bua, Tha Wang Pha District, another famous temple of Nan. It is an old temple of Ban Nong Bua that is distinctive with a Tai Lue wihan that enshrines the Buddha image in the posture of subduing Mara. It has attractive murals. 

For the murals at Wat Nong Bua, it is assumed that the artist who created the work is Nan Buaphan, the owner of the famous Pu Man Ya Man painting at Wat Phumin. 

In addition to the beauty of the temple and the murals at this temple, there is also a 100-year-old Tai Lue house, which is home to “Thai Cultural Integration Centre, Community Service”. Under the house, there is a grandmother who sits, spins and weaves that is the continuation of the good local culture. 

You can also come and try rolling cotton seeds and spin cotton with a grandmother helping teach closely.
Ban Nong Bua, Pa Kha Subdistrict, Tha Wang Pha District, Nan
Open daily from 07:00 hrs. – 17:00 hrs.

From Wat Nong Bua, we went to “Ban Tai Lue Coffee Shop”. which is serving local food and cold drinks in an atmosphere that is close to nature because of the surrounding view of the mountains and green rice fields. Every corner is beautiful.

There is a long wooden walkway where you can walk around and enjoy the view, so we recommend you come in the morning or in the evening, as the weather doesn’t get too hot.
Sila Lang Subdistrict, Pua District, Nan
Open daily from 07:00 hrs. – 17:00 hrs.

If anyone comes to Pua District, they must come and taste the variety of mushrooms at “Ban Hua Nam Mushroom Farm”.

This is both a mushroom farm and restaurant. There are 2 zones to choose from. The restaurant zone has 2 floors, where you can sit downstairs or upstairs, so the view is equally beautiful.

There is also a zone that is a private room. Surrounded by green rice fields, surrounded by mountains, and also with a faint mist, this is a very good atmosphere.

In addition to seeing the beautiful view, in terms of food, you should not miss it because the menu here uses different types of mushrooms for the ingredients; such as, mushroom pizza, mushroom salad, grilled eggs with mushroom, etc. This is both delicious and good for health.

Mushroom salad
After we finished our meal, we travelled to Phrae and stayed here for tomorrow we will start traveling from the morning

Ban Hua Nam Mushroom Farm
129 Ban Hua Nam, Sila Lang Subdistrict, Pua District, Nan
Tel. 081 005 1533
Open daily from 08.00 hrs. – 17.00 hrs.

On the third day, which was the last day, we started at the “Phrae City Museum Khum Chao Luang ” built in 1892 by Chao Piriyathepwong, who was the last Chao Luang of Phrae. The building’s architectural style is a mixture of Thai and European style adorned with beautiful perforated wood. 

The building has 3 floors with the upper 2 floors simulating various rooms; such as, bedroom, living room, banquet room, etc., each of which exhibits ancient appliances. The bottom floor, also known as the basement, is divided into three rooms: the prison, the servant’s room, and the storage room which on the ceiling of this room has a hole that can be opened to be used to deliver items to the upper floor.
Khum Doem Road, Nai Wiang Subdistrict, Mueang District, Phrae
Tel. 054 524 158
Open daily from 08:30 hrs. – 17:00 hrs.

The next place was “Baan Wong Buri” or “Khum Wong Buri” that was built in 1897 by Mae Chao Buatha, the first wife of Chao Luang Piriyathepwong to be the home of Chao Sunanta and Luang Phong Phibun. It is a two-storey golden wooden house in the Thai Lanna and European architectural style. It is painted in light pink and decorated with gingerbread-style woodwork around the building.

There are exhibits of old appliances inside that have been passed down for many generations for us to see as well, whether it is furniture,
silverware, etc.

In addition, here also accepts Khantoke events, but contact must be made in advance.
Kam Lue Road Nai Wiang Subdistrict, Mueang District, Phrae, (Back Road of the Governor’s Mansion Phra Non Nuea intersection near Wat Pong Sunan)
Tel. 081 883 0546, 054 620 153
Open daily from 09.00 hrs. – 17.00 hrs.
Admission fee : 30 Baht 

When coming to Phrae, you must come and worship “Phrathat Cho Hae”, the priceless sacred relics, which are the relics of the year of birth of those born in the Year of the Tiger as well. It is believed that the virtue of worshipping Phrathat Cho Hae will make life happier and prosper in life and work.

The origin of the name “Phrathat Cho Hae” has many legends. But most of them said that it came from the silk that was brought to worship the relics by the word “Cho Hae” that was distorted from “Cho Phrae”.

The Phrathat is an octagonal chedi of Lanna art and contains the Buddha’s hair relic and the relics of the Buddha’s left elbow.

Inside the Ubosot, the Buddha image is enshrined in the posture of subduing Mara, which is of the Chiang Saen art style mixed with Sukhothai art.
1 Mu 11, Cho Hae Road, Cho Hae Subdistrict, Mueang Phrae District, Phrae
Open daily from 08.00 hrs. – 17.00 hrs.

At the end of our trip, we went to “Wat Phrathat Doi Leng” It is located on Doi Leng, which is not far from Wat Phrathat Cho Hae. Inside the temple grounds, there is a temple enshrining a Buddha image called “Luangpho Doi Leng Saksit”.

There is also Phrathat Doi Leng, which is said to be the highest Phrathat in Phrae. Every year on the fifteenth lunar day of the sixth month (May), a festival will be held at Doi Leng. to worship the relics and remember the Lord Buddha.

Above there is a viewpoint where visitors can see the landscape of up to three districts of Phrae; namely, Sung Men District, Rong Kwang District, and Mueang Phrae District. You can also see the golden chedi of Phrathat Cho Hae as well.
Cho Hae Subdistrict, Mueang Phrae District, Phrae (about 15 kilometres from Phrae city.)
Open daily from 08.00 hrs. – 18.00 hrs.

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