Study Trip

A long weekend in Nan and Phrae Province

Friday, 1 September to Sunday, 3 September 2017
Leader: Khun Euayporn Kerdchouay, Senior Consultant



Nan province is isolated and protected by mountains, located about 670 kilometres from Bangkok. In the past, the Nan kingdom developed as a small city-state and was frequently at the mercy of its more powerful neighbours. In the late 13th century and early 14th century it became a tributary of Chaing Mai. When Chiang Mai was invaded by the Burmese in the mid-16th century, Nan too came under Burmese suzerainty. During the 17th century successive governors took advantage of Nan’s geographical isolation to revolt against their feudal overlords, but in 1703 the Burmese sacked Nan and tore down the city walls, and in 1726 appointed a local prince, Luang Tin Mahawong as vassal ruler. Chao Atthawon Pannyo (1786-1811) went to Bangkok and appealed successfully to King Rama I to place Nan under Siam suzerainty, and throughout the 19th century it repeatedly had to raise armies to fight wars for Bangkok against unruly neighbours in the north and the east.

In 1931, with the death of the last descendant of Luang Tin Mahawong Nan was formally incorporated into the Kingdom of Siam. Today, Nan is a prosperous town on the Nan River. Nan has a strong artistic tradition which has successfully absorbed trends from the various ruling forces. The temple architecture and mural decoration of the temples and style of Buddha images has more than common merit. Apart from artistic work of dominant characteristic, Nan also has a beautiful natural landscape, many beautiful vallies have become popular with tourists. Just a few kilometres from the center of the town, the scenery is delightful and there are wonderful views.

Phrae province is about 120 km south-west of Nan province. With its distinctive charm and identity, Phrae is appealing yet surprisingly little-visited. The town was built beside the Yom River and was formerly part of the Mon kingdom of Haripunchai and its ancient town wall has been preserved largely intact. In the mid-15th century it became a tributary of Chiang Mai and it came under Ayutthaya control. In the 18th century, the town was taken by the Burmese and in the late 19th century to the early 20th century became a base for Burmese and other teak loggers. Burmese influence is obvious in some of Phrae’s temples, which also have Lanna features. The town prospers on agricultural produce from the surrounding fertile valley. The remains of the old city walls and moats can be seen in the northeast of the town. Several temples show clear signs of Burmese influence, which is partly the result of the sizeable population of Burmese who have been settled in Phrae since the late 19th century, when they were attracted here by the lucrative timber industry.

Many temples lie within the ramparts of the old town which date from early 16th century. Some temples has museums which contain a collection of religious and historical artifacts. Wat Chom Sawan, a delightful Burmese-style wat on the northern edge of the town, built in the early years of the 20th century with money provided by local Burmese timber traders and is one of a good example of wooden wihan of Burmese style in northern Thailand.

Under the leadership of Khun Euayporn  Kerdchouay, the Siam Society is arranging an expedition for members to visit or re-visit museums, historical sites, temples and sites of interested in Nan and Phrae provinces, from Friday, 1 to Sunday, 3 September 2017.


The tentative programme will be as follows:

Day 1: Friday 1, September 2017

6.30 a.m. Meet at Bangkok Donmueang Airport, domestic terminal, Check in counter for Air Asia.
7.40 a.m. Depart Bangkok for Nan province by Air Asia, flight FD 3554.
8.45 a.m. Arrive at Nan Airport and transfer to the hotel for breakfast.
10.30 a.m. Depart the hotel for Phrae province.
Noon: Lunch at local restaurant in Phrae.
Afternoon: Visit the ancient city walls, heritage home, Burmese-style temple, many local temples and Wat Phra That Chaw Hae, an important pilgrimage site located on a hill about 9km south-east of the town.
Evening: Return to Nan, dinner at local restaurant and overnight at Dhevaraj Hotel in Nan.

Day 2: Saturday 2, September 2017

- Breakfast at the hotel.
8.30 a.m. Proceed to visit Wat Phra That Chae Haeng, The Nan National museum, Wat Phumin and Wat Suan Tan.
Noon: Lunch at local restaurant.
1.30 p.m. Visit Wat Phra That Chang Kham Wora Wihan, Wat Phraya Phu, Wat Phraya Wat and Wat Phra That Khao Noi.
Evening Dinner and overnight at Dhevaraj hotel.

Day 3: Sunday, 3 September 2017

- Breakfast at the hotel.
8.00 a.m. Check out and proceed to Tha Wang Pha and Pua districts (north of Nan).
Morning: Visit the charming village and Lan Na style temple in Tha Wang Pha and visit Wat Ton Laeng, a Thai Lue style temple in Pua district.
Noon: Lunch at local restaurant or picnic lunch on the hill.
1.30 p.m. Proceed to Nan Airport.
3.00 p.m. Check in at counter for Air Asia at Nan Airport.
4.00 p.m. Depart Nan for Bangkok Donmueang Airport by Air Asia, flight FD 3557
5.05 p.m. Arrive at Bangkok Donmueang Airport.


Note: For those members who wish to visit Nan province only. You may depart Bangkok for Nan on Saturday, 2 September (on the same flight). For more details please contact the Siam Society.


Bt. 12,500.- (or Bt. 13,000.- for non-members). Single room surcharge Bt. 900.-. Photocopy of passport must accompany the booking. Please pay by cash or cheque payable to ‘The Siam Society”. Alternatively, you can deposit/transfer the money to the Siam Society travel account at the Thai Military Bank, Asoke Branch saving account no. 053-2-18000-7. Please fax or e-mail the deposit or transfer docket to us.

Your reservation will be confirmed as soon as the deposit has been made. There is a 4% surcharge for credit/debit card payment to cover bank charges.


The contribution includes all transportation as mentioned in the programme, 3breakfasts, 3 lunches and 2 dinners, accommodation for two persons per room, entrance fees, and other costs incurred to make this trip possible.

Cancellation charge:

30 days before the start of the trip:                     No cancellation charge
30 – 15 days before the start of the trip:              50% of the tour cost
Less than 15 days or cancellation without notice:  No refund

The Siam Society reserves the right to change the programme as necessary. Seats are limited. Please book your place as soon as possible. For further information and bookings please contact Khun Prasert or Khun Supanut.