Nan covers an area of 11,472.072 square kilometres or approximately 7 million rai, located 668 kilometres from Bangkok. It is a frontier town of the eastern Lanna Kingdom with an abundance and... More > mixture of cultures from the high mountain ranges to the plain. The town was as ancient as the Sukhothai Kingdom and was under the continuous ruling of 64 kings. It was previously called “Nanthaburi”or “Woranakhon” and was established by Phraya Phukha approximately in the 13th century on a plain in Sila Phet sub-district or Pua district at present.
In 1359, Phraya Kanmueang received the Buddha’s relics from Sukhothai and chose Doi Phu Phiang Chae Haeng to house them, as well as, decided to move the town to the foot of the mountain. In 1368, the Nan River changed its course, therefore, Phraya Phakong, son of Phraya Kanmueang, moved the town again to Ban Huai Khai, on the western side of the Nan River, the location of Nan province nowadays.< Less