Lamphun & Surroundings

Attractions

  • Wat Phrathat Hariphunchai

    The temple was built in the reign of King Athittayarat. Holy relics were enshrined in the large golden Chedi called Phrathat Hariphunchai. It is one of the most sacred monuments in the North.

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  • Lamphun introduces the pilgrimage route of 9 temples

    The city of Lamphun is proud to introduce a new tourism activity, which is fully conducted according to its general appearance and the longest history of over 1,350 years in Lanna. The yellow open-air tram will take you around the city visiting 9 important temples and communities. You will be enjoying ancient places together with art and culture as well as handicrafts.

    The tram is running twice daily starting from 9 am to 2 pm. The station is located in front of Wat Pratat Haripunchai. And it costs only THB 100 per person to join the tour, which takes approximately almost 3 hours. For more information, please call 053-511013 ext. 115, 087-9232448, or 081-5955532.

  • Hariphunchai National Museum

    Across the street from Wat Phra That Hariphunchai is the informative Hariphunchai National Museum. Run by the national Fine Arts Department, this museum has a collection of Mon and Lanna artifacts and Buddhas from the Dvaravati kingdom, as well as a stone inscription gallery with Mon and Thai Lanna scripts. The curator’s passion for the museum and Lamphun’s heritage is infectious. The temporary exhibitions are also interesting, focusing on more contemporary subjects like the settlement of the Yong in Lamphun. There is a small bookshop with some English titles.

  • Ku Chang

    One of the region's most unusual cemeteries-literally an elephant's graveyard-called Ku Chang is located only a few hundred meters from Phaya Inn. The rounded Chedi is said to contain the remains of King Mahantayot's white elephant named "Pookum Nga-Keaw".

  • Wat Chamthewi

    Lamphun's architectural treasures include two monasteries. About 2 km (1 mi) west of the town's center is Wat Chamthewi, often called the "topless Chedi" because the gold that once covered the spire was pillaged sometime during its history. Work began on the monastery in ad 755, and despite a modern viharn added to the side of the complex, it retains an ancient, weathered look. Suwan Chang Kot, to the right of the entrance, is the most famous of the two Chedi, built by King Mahantayot to hold the remains of his mother, the legendary Queen Chamthewi. The five-tier sandstone Chedi is square; on each tier are Buddha images that get progressively smaller. All are in the 9th-century Dvaravati style, though many have obviously been restored. The other chedi was probably built in the 10th century, though most of what you see today is the work of 12th-century King Phaya Sapphasit.

  • Doi Khun Tan National Park

    Visit this 225-sq-km park, which straddles the mountains between Lamphun and Lampang provinces. It ranges in elevation from 350m at the bamboo forest lowlands to 1363m at the pine-studded summit of Doi Khun Tan. Wildflowers, including orchids, ginger and lilies are abundant. At the park headquarters there are maps of well-marked trails that range from short walks around the headquarters’ vicinity to trails covering the mountain’s four peaks; there’s also a trail to Nam Tok Tat Moei (7km round trip). Intersecting the mountain slopes is Thailand’s longest train tunnel (1352m), which opened in 1921 after six years of manual labour by thousands of Lao workers (several of whom are said to have been killed by tigers).

  • Urban Lamphun Community Museum

    The Urban Lamphun Community Museum was founded in 2007 by Mr. Naren Punyapu. The museum focuses on the history of the contemporary town of Lamphun, with an emphasis on archival photographs of Lamphun’s past. It is housed in a nearly 100 year-old edifice, the Khum-Chao-Rajabutra, which is the former residence of a Lumphun ruling lineage. This building remains one of the rarest and oldest buildings in the town of Lamphun. A group of young volunteers, called the Klum-Kwong-Wean-Hlapoon, initiated the museum project and have taken care of the museum since its foundation.

  • Thai Elephant Conservation Center

    The Thai Elephant Conservation Center or TECC was established to conserve and protect Thai elephants and to provide knowledge to interested people. TECC offers various activities starting from daily elephant bathing, rides, and shows to Mahout & Elephant Training School. The Center is open to public daily with 2 shows from Monday to Friday at 10.00 am and 11.00 am. Weekends and holidays have 3 shows at 10.00 am, 11.00 am, and 1.30 pm. Elephant bathing is at 9.45 am while the rides are also available from 8.00 am to 3.30 pm daily.
    The Thai Elephant Conservation Center is located between km 28 - 29 on Lampang - Chiang Mai highway in Lampang province, which is only 30 minutes from Phaya Inn.
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Dinning

  • Khun Dang Noodle

    Located opposite of "Ta Narng", just before you turn right on Chitwongpanrangsan Road along River Kwuang. Khun Dang Noodle offers unique recipe of blended Chinese herbs. The soup is full of great nutrition that will sure energize up your day.

    Recommended menus are knuckle noodle and pork tender noodle.

  • Add-Up Coffee Bar

    Situated a few meters away from Wat Phrathat Hariphunchai, Add-up offers the good view of River Kwuang and Thai - international food, plus healthy selection from the menu called "spa food".

    Recommended menus are pork knuckle with sauerkraut and soft-shell crab salad.