Transport Co. Ltd. operates bus services from Bangkok's Northern Bus Terminal
(Mo Chit 2) to Nan every day. Overnight VIP buses are very comfortable with
much leg room and the trip takes about 10 hours to complete. There are also
regular busses from Chiang Rai to Nan
. Call 0 2936 2852-66 or visit www.transport.co.th
for more information. Other private companies include Phrae Tour (Tel: 0 2245 2369),
Sombat Tour (Tel: 0 2936 2495-6), and Choetchai Tour (Tel: 0 5471 0362 (Nan Office).
From Bangkok, take Highway No. 32 to Nakhon Sawan, Highway No. 117 to
Phitsanulok, Highway No. 11 to Amphoe Den Chai, and then Highway No.
101 to Nan via Phrae
, a total distance of 668 km.
Solar Air has three flights a week into and out of Nan from Bangkok’s
Don Mueang Airport. For schedule or reservations, contact www.solarair.co.th
There is no train service directly to Nan, but as the bus alone is such a long
ride a combination train, bus journey might be more enjoyable. From Bangkok’s
Samsen station take a train to Denchai station, the only station in Phrae, the
province that borders Nan to the south. Leaving Bangkok around 9 pm, the train
arrives at Denchai around 6 or 7 the following morning. From the train station
in Denchai a blue songtaew goes to Phrae from where red buses leave fairly
regularly for Nan, a 1 ½ hour ride that costs about 40-50 Baht.
As in most rural Thai provinces there are typically songtaews that follow
established routes around the provincial capital and local busses and songtaews
for trips between towns within the province. Songtaews, motorbike taxis, and
samlors (three wheeled pedal powered cabs) are usually available for private
charter as well.