"Lamphun" Lamphun by trisanna
Lamphun Travel Guide: 34 reviews and 127 photos
Lamphun is an hour's drive outside the city of Chiang Mai. Lamphun along with other nearby towns were the center of a small Hariphunchai principality, from AD750-1281.Ruled by Mon Queen Chama Thewi-daughter of the ruler of Lopburi (Lavo). Haripunchai was able to remain independent from Khmer and Chiang Mai Thais. In 1050 AD, a wave of cholera swept through this town and many residents left for Burma. Some returned a few years later. Nowadays, there is still a small Mon speaking community.
The city of Lamphun is located by the banks of the Nam Mae Kuang. The city is quiet and free from busloads of tourists. There are a few beautiful and historic wats.
- Pros:Mon architecture, wats
- Cons:very few cafes and places to relax in
- In a nutshell:good for day trip from Chiang Mai
On weekends, a group of children play traditional music instruments. They sit quietly under a tree by the main bot. more travel advice
The cheapest way to get to Lamphun or back to Chiang Mai is by blue songtaew. From chiang mai-you get one by the Ping... more travel advice
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