Authentic Lanna tour – 4 days/3 nights
Day 1: Chiang Mai – Lampang
Your guide and driver will meet you at your hotel in Chiang Mai for your Authentic Lanna Tour. Our first stop will be at Wiang Kum Kam, the “underground” city. Someone suggested that Wiang Kum Kam had the potential to become a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We will visit some of the most interesting ruins such as Wat Ku Pa Dom, Wat E-Kang, Wat Pu Pia, Wat Hua Nong and Wat Chiang Kham. Continue to Lamphun along the famous road lined by Yang trees. Wat Hariphunchai is our next destination. We will visit this temple as well as the interesting market on the bridge over the Kuang River. We leave the walled city of Lamphun and visit Wat Kukut, one of the oldest temples in Lamphun. We will continue to Lampang. About 20 kms before Lampang the hospital of the Friends of the Asian Elephant Foundation is located. It is the home of Mosha and Motala. Mosha and Motala are both elephant landmine survivors. Mosha stepped on a landmine in 2006 when she was only 7-months old. In 2008, she received the world’s first elephant prosthetic, designed by Dr. Jivacite. You will meet Mosha and learn about elephants in general and about the work of this remarkable hospital. You will see a short video about Mosha and Motala.
Last stop before Lampang will be Wat Lampang Luang, considered by many to be one of the most beautiful temples of North Thailand. Check into the hotel.
Overnight will be at the small Auangkham Resort
Day 2: Lampang – Phrae
After breakfast we will continue our Authentic Lanna tour with a tour of Lampang. This city is known as the city of horse carts. We will make a horse cart ride this morning. We will also visit the horsecart repair shop! Visit Baan Sao Nak and the iconic Rachadapisek Bridge. Visit the Kad Kong Ta area where there are several heritage houses of interest amongst others the iconic Moung Ngwe Zin House, Baan Kanchanawong and Baan Chantarawiroj. There are some stunning temples we will visit such as Wat Prakaew Don Thao. Lampang wasa a major centre of teaklogging before World War Two. The Louis T.Leonowens company was one of the logging firms. We will visit its old office.
Lunch will be at local restaurant. Drive to Phrae which will take about 1,5 hours. Along the way we will stop at Wat Phrathat Suthon Mongkon Khiri. The first thing you will notice about this temple is the enormous reclining Buddha, one of the largest in Thailand. Continue to Phrae. Visit the Vongbury House Museum before we check into the hotel.
Overnight will be at the Huan Na Na Resort
Day 3 – Phrae
After breakfast visit Wat Chom Sawan, one of our favorites. This attractive wooden temple was constructed by a group of migrant Tai Yai, or Shan, teak workers in the early 20th century. Wat Chom Sawan is regarded as one of the best examples of its kind remaining in Thailand. Visit Wat Phra That Cho Hae, which is perhaps the most sacred Buddhist site of Phrae. The highlight is the 33-meter-tall Chiang Saen-style phra that (pagoda), wrapped with bright brass sheets, which enshrines holy relics of Lord Buddha. Also visit Baan Pa Ngeum, which is well known for “Mo Hom”, the traditional indigo blue shirt. You will get an exclusive behind the scenes tour of a Mo Hom workshop and learnt about the production process. It’s time for lunch. We will take you to one of our favorite local spots on the Yom River. After lunch we will focus on some of the “gingerbread houses” of Phrae. Just as Lampang the city was a center of teak logging. We will visit the teak museum and the former office of one the logging firms on the Yom River.
We will spend another night at the Huan Na Na Resort.
Day 4- Phrae – Bangkok
After breakfast visit the local market of Phrae. We love visiting fresh market like this. We will have some time to visit more sights according to your personal preference before we transfer you to Phrae airport for your flight to Bangkok. The flight leaves around noon. It is the end of your authentic Lanna tour.
End of the program