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When Lannathai was under Burmese ruler ship, Nan tried to liberate itself many times without success, which finally led to direct Burmese ruler ship of Nan in 1714. In 1788 the Burmese rulers were finally driven back, however Nan had to then accept the new Siam rulers. In 1893 after the Paknam crisis Siam had to give a big part of eastern Nan to French Indochina. However Nan kept some degree of independence from the Siamese rulers, and it took until 1931 to become fully integrated into Thailand, and the province was then created.


Before the early 1980's bandits as well as People's Liberation Army of Thailand ( PLAT ) guerillas were a big problem in the province, usually destroying highway construction overnight. With the help of the army and the more stable political system the province improved significantly, but is still a very rural and remote area.Nan  is a town in the remote valley of the Nan river in the Northern River Valleys region of Northern Thailand, bordering Laos. The area is heavily forested with arable land used mainly for agriculture. It is an ancient city steeped in history with its long association with the Lannathai culture and the Sukhothai kingdom.

Little - known Nan goes back to the depths of the history of Thailand. For centuries it was a separate, autonomous kingdom with few relationships with the outside world. The name Nan is also used in Thailand as a name given to annoying, buck toothed, moon - faced children.


There are many evidences of prehistoric habitation, but it was not until several small Mueang united to form Nanthaburi on the Nan river in the mid-14th century - contemporary with the creation of Luang Prabang and the Lan Xang ( Million Elephants ) kingdom in Laos - that the city became a power to be taken into account. Associated with the mighty Sukhothai kingdom, the Mueang took the title Wara Nakhon and played a significant part in the development of early Thai nationalism.

By the end of the 14tth. century Nan was one of the nine northern Thai-Lao principalities that comprised Lan Na Thai ( now Lanna ) and the city state flourished throughout the 15th century under the name Chiang Klang ( Middle City ), a reference to its position roughly midway between Chiang Mai ( New City ) and Chiang Thong Golden City, which is today's Luang Prabang. The Burmese took control of the kingdom in 1558 and deported many of the inhabitants to Burma as slaves; the city was completely deserted until western Thailand was retaken from the Burmese in 1786.


The local dynasty then regained local sovereignty and it remained semi-autonomous until 1931 when Nan finally accepted full Bangkok dominion. Parts of the old city wall and several early Wat dating from the Lanna period can be seen in contemporary Nan. The city of Nan's Wat’s are distinctive: some temple structures show Lanna influence, while others belong to the Tai Lu language, a legacy brought from Xishuangbanna in China, where the Tai Lü's came from.


Nan Province, Thailand. History of the Province