Ruta por Lamphun, Patrimonio de la Humanidad - privado: Our first stop will be Wat Kukut. We will drive onwards to the fresh food market of Lamphun. From here we will walk to Wat Haripunchai, the most famous temple in Lamphun. After an extensive visit of this temple we will cross the bridge over Mae Nam Kuang to Wiang Yong, the first settlement of the Tai Yong people in Lamphun. The bridge itself is an interesting market of local products
. We will visit Wat Ton Kaew and its interesting museum that exhibits Tai Yong textiles. We cross the bridge back to where our car waits for us. Then we drive around the old citywalls of Lamphun and pay a visit to the shrine for the first queen Chamadevi. Then we head back to Chiang Mai. We follow in the footsteps of Captain McLeod, a British officer, who undertook this journey on January 11, 1837. His entourage consisting of about 30 persons on horseback or walking travelled from Lamphun to Chiang Mai, a distance of about 28 kms, which took 5,5 hours. Elephants were used to carry the baggage. “An hour’s marching brought us to the village of Patapa (situated in a grove of mangoe trees), which is the boundary between Zimme (Chiang Mai) and Labong (Lamphun)”. Before reaching Pratupa village we will stop at Wat Ban Luk where we will meet a monk. Opposite Ban Luk temple is a beautiful, more than 200 years old Ubosot (monk’s prayer house) that is currently under renovation. We continue to Pratupa where we will visit the temple and its centuries old scripture house. Here we will have lunch.
After lunch we will drive to Ban Weruwan where we will visit a longan processing factory and taste some delicious Umong Longan wine before proceeding to Wiang Kum Kam. Someone suggested that Wiang Kum Kam had the potential to become a historical park and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Once it became clear that there was an underground city on this location road and housing development had started and an historical park became an illusion. 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. Drive back to Chiang Mai.
Meeting/pick-up point: Pick up at hotel in Chiang Mai city only.
Duration: 8, 5 hours.
Start/opening time: At 8.30am.
Others: Children under one year are free of charge.