Nan for centuries used to be an independent kingdom called Nanthaburi and it was left isolated for most of its existence until it was incorporated into the surrounding kingdoms (Lanna and the Burmese).

After being deserted for many years during the Burmese reign, it gained sovereignty in the 18th Century and became a semi-autonomous kingdom to Siam (Thailand). It was not until 1931 that Nan became fully incorporated into Thailand, recovering its rich culture, diverse traditions, and reviving its economy.

Nan and its history is somewhat a metaphor for what is currently happening right now in Nan as it became more and more popular among travelers who are looking to go beyond Chiang Mai and explore the deeper north of Thailand.

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