Earth : Asia : Southeast Asia : Thailand : Northern Thailand : Northern River Valleys : Lamphun
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.
This is a fairly small city compared to most places Westerners go. Buses come there from Lampang bus station, and also from Chiangmai,which is only 40Km distant. The bus is about B50. 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 tuktuks at all.
As per above, you either walk, take a samlor,or a motorcycle taxi if you do not have your own transport. But to be fair to the place, it is not all that far to walk anywhere.
Luang Pha Waing Cave - is one of Northern Thailand's largest caves and by far one of the most interesting. It is a large cave that is located about 45km from Lamphun near " it is only accessible with a 15 minute walk up hill to the top of the hill in order to enter the cave. You should also carry a bottle of water.
It is well worth the effort to get there.
This is rarely a foreign tourist destination. All the "Farangs" (foreigners) go to Chiangmai, 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 B100 or less, including a full sized bottle of Chang beer. Charoenraj Road (the north-south main street) is the road to Chiangmai and called Chiang Mai-Lamphun Road in Chiang Mai.
Is about 1.5 Km from the city centre on the road to Chiangmai. It is an aircon hotel, modern and clean, two storey, with balcony,at the totally ridiculous price of B380 per night! The Manager speaks no English, but her Daughter, who manages the similarly named restaurant across the laneway is totally fluent. You will have to tolerate the noise of crowing roosters most of the day, owned by the neighbours. Breakfast is at the abovementioned restaurant, at B35 (cooked breakfast!), and dinner with a reasonable range of Thai food is about B75 (including a large bottle of Chang beer!) Address is Charoenraj Road, Soi 14 (about 50 metres along the Soi) 0817961969. 0r 053562462. Will cost you about B30 on a samlor from the bus station.