The little-known town of Nan stands on the western side of the Nan River. Rooted deep in the history of Thailand, for centuries Nan was a separate, autonomous kingdom with very few relationships with the rest of the world.
At the end of the 14th century Nan was one of the nine northern Thai-Lao principalities that comprised Lan Na Thai (modern day Lanna) Nan flourished throughout the 15th century under the name Chiang Klang (meaning Middle City), a reference to its position roughly midway between Chiang Mai (New City) and Chiang Thong (Golden City) which today is called Luang Prabang.
Thailand is filled with amazingly beautiful areas not yet touched by mass tourism. In Northeast Thailand, just over 300 miles from Bangkok in the province of Ubon lies the city Ubon Ratchathani.
Ubon province is known for its ancient Buddhist temples and forest-dwelling monks. Among the city’s 2 dozen temples you’ll find Wat Pah Nanachat—Thailand’s only monastery where English is the main language.
But the sheer beauty of the area, its authentic folk culture and warm-hearted people also beckon to those attracted to the roads less traveled. Examples of the inspiring natural beauty of the area include: 4,000 year-old rock formations, prehistoric rock paintings, captivating national parks, waterfalls, and the two-colored river.