Giant trees on the road to Lamphun
Our guide and driver will meet you at your Chiang Mai hotel for your Lamphun tour, the former capital of the Hariphunchai kingdom. It is a private tour, so we are very flexible today. We will drive to Lamphun along the old Chiang Mai-Lamphun road, lined with giant trees. You will hear the story of why these giant yang trees are only halfway to Lamphun. The Chiang Mai-Lamphun road has protected status. Continue to Ban Umong. Here we will stop at a shop for a taste of the famous Umong Longan wine*. Longan (Lamyai) is the dominant fruit of this area. We will visit a longan processing factory and a longan plantation. Drive to Lamphun.
The Queen’s elephants
First, we will visit Ku Chang, a chedi that contains the relic of the war elephant of Chamathewi aka Camadevi, the first queen of the Hariphunchai Kingdom. Next stop will be Wat Phra Yuen, a quiet temple amidst exotic, towering palm trees. We will visit the tiny but delicate Tai Yong textile museum. Many of Lamphun’s inhabitants are Tai Yong, Tai Lue from Muang Yong in Myanmar. These people migrated about 200 years ago from Northern Shan State (now Myanmar) to Lamphun. It is a fascinating story. We walk through the “OTOP” (one district, one product) market to Wat Hariphunchai, one of the most revered temples of North Thailand. This magnificent temple is the main attraction of Lamphun and draws many visitors, mainly Thai people.
Wat Kukut and Chiang Mai Doll Making Centre and Museum
Lunch will be in a local restaurant that serves dishes with, yes you guessed it right, longan! After lunch, we will continue to the local fresh food market of Lamphun where your guide will take you along and let you taste some delicacies and chat with the vendors. We will leave the market to burn some incense and candles at the statue of Queen Chamathewi before we visit Wat Ku Kut, one of the oldest religious structures in Lamphun.
Wiang Kum Kam
Drive to Sanpatong where will visit the Chiang Mai Doll Making Centre and Museum. It is a hidden gem of North Thailand. Not only can you witness the most exquisite dolls being handmade, but there is also a stunning exhibition of dolls from all over the world. Drive back to Chiang Mai along the Ping River. Our last stop today will be the ruins of Wiang Kum Kam. We will stop at Wat E-Kang, Wat Pu Pia and Chedi Liam before we drop you off at your hotel in Chiang Mai. We hope you enjoyed your Lamphun Tour.
*Please note that this shop is closed on Sunday