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Lamphun (ลำพูน) is a city in the Northern River Valleys of Northern Thailand. It is the capital city of the province of this name, and is not far from Chiang Mai.


Legend handed down for more than 1,400 years refer to this ancient town as Hariphunchai. Its first ruler was Queen Chamthewi who was of Mon extraction. In late 12th century, King Mengrai overran the town and subsequently integrated it into the Lanna Kingdom.

Today, Lamphun still retain its enchanting ambience of a small but old community. It is some 670 kilometres from Bangkok and only 26 kilometres from Chiang Mai. Located on the bank of the Kuang River, its attractions include ancient sites and relics as well as forests and mountains and delightful lakes. Lamphun is the most famous producer of longans.

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This is a fairly small city compared to most places Westerners go. Buses come there from Lampang bus station, and also from Chiang Mai. The bus is about 50 baht. The bus station itself is a little out of town, as most are in Thailand, but there are motorcycle taxis and samlors (if you are lucky with the latter) at the bus station. There are no tuk-tuks at all.

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Charoenraj Rd (the north-south main street) is the road to Chiang Mai and called Chiang Mai-Lamphun Road in Chiang Mai.

In the city itself,you either walk, take a samlor, or a motorcycle taxi if you do not have your own transport. It is not all that far to walk anywhere. Bicycle is also a great way to get around and roads are flat.

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Luang Pha Waing Cave[2] One of northern Thailand's largest caves and by far one of the most interesting. It is a large cave that is located about 45 km from Lamphun. It is only accessible after a 15 minute walk uphill. You should carry a bottle of water. It is well worth the effort to get there.

Lamphun Longan Festival Local festival celebrating Lamphun's important crop, the longan, a small, round fruit, similar in taste to lychee. The festival is held every year on the Queen's birthday, August 12. A long parade starts in the early afternoon going down the road past Wat Phra Haripunchai, the main temple of Lamphun, and vendors sell all sorts of hot snacks as well as longan related products along the river across from the parade route. There are also musical performances, laser-light shows, and fireworks by the river.

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This is not a foreign tourist destination. All the farangs (foreigners) go to Chiang Mai and miss the laid back experience of this place. There is little written or spoken English, so unless you speak some Thai, you will need to use body language and work your way through, but they are friendly people, and the restaurants are very cheap. You can get a good Thai meal for 100 baht or less, including a full sized bottle of Chang beer.

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  • Hotel DNK Residence, Charoenraj Rd, Soi 14 (about 1.5 km from the city centre on the road to Chiang Mai), +66 81 796 1969. Air conditioned, modern, and clean. Two storey, with balconies. The manager speaks no English, but her daughter, who manages the similarly named restaurant across the lane is totally fluent. You will have to tolerate the noise of the neighbour's crowing roosters most of the day. Breakfast is 35 baht (cooked breakfast!), and dinner with a reasonable range of Thai food is about 75 baht (including a large bottle of Chang beer!) Will cost you about 30 baht on a samlor from the bus station. 380+ baht.  edit
  • Phawana Garden, 56/2 Moo 4, Baan Mean Kaw, +66 81 883 0903, [1]. checkin: 13:00; checkout: 11:00. Located 25 km south of the city. Run by a Thai lady and her Japanese husband. Huge garden with 5 cottages, including Thai traditional two storey wooden houses. Northern Thai set dinner will be served. Transportation service is available from Chiang Mai or Lamphun, but you can reach there by songthaew as well. 1,100 baht.  edit

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Routes through Lamphun
Chiang Mai  N noframe S  LampangBangkok


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